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ReferenceME
Sep 13, 2017

ReferenceMe (ReME) is an online repository for managing your personal and professional references. Through the application, your references are Validated for their authenticity and content so that potential employers, universities, affiliated groups, or anyone else doesn't have to check them. We can even complete background checks so that the results appear right in your profile. This portable reputation manager saves everyone time and makes you a more attractive candidate. Ask me anything here: http://kck.st/2et9OUE

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Would you consider getting a specialist onboard in order to help you make this campaign a success?

Sep 13, 4:00AM EDT0

Yes. But there are so many scam artist out there trying to do Kickstarter marketing that it will be hard to determine their credibility. Now, if they have ReferenceME account with validated references, this wouldn’t be an issue.

Sep 13, 12:58PM EDT0

Linked in also has a reference system but I found that people were endorsing me for something I didn't ever do which raises the question of how true the system really is don't you think?

Sep 13, 1:49AM EDT0

Exactly! LinkedIn has created a system where the endorsements have lost all value. We are changing that with ReferenceME. With our system you will only be endorsed by real people who were directly involved with you in some way. And our verification process insures that all of the information is true and factual.

Sep 13, 12:57PM EDT0

What part of the population do you think are the best candidates for funding a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 13, 12:38AM EDT0

Is the population you are targeting to donate the same as the target group you want to use your software?

Sep 12, 9:12PM EDT0

Absolutely!  We have reward levels for individuals and companies.

Sep 12, 10:06PM EDT0
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How different do you feel your concept is compared to anything else out there right now?

Sep 12, 6:52PM EDT0

LinkedIn is our biggest competitor. They already do referrals/references but it's not a main focus for the company. Their main focus is on connecting people. You can see that referrals are placed at the bottom of a person's profile and lost among all of the other functionality. There is no way to know if these referrals are factual or even if the author is a real person. Additionally LinkedIn can only mine their data to bring up users with specific skills and experience. They can’t shows what a person's peers thought about them or the work they produced. LinkedIn also doesn't do background checks. All of these deficiencies are within ReferenceME's core competencies and what makes us unique. There are a lot of companies that can do background checks but we have the ability to do them cheaper and faster than anyone else in the market. $25 for a 24 hour turn around. Most companies need 5 business days for the level of inquiry we provide.

Sep 12, 10:08PM EDT0

Can I be notified when my company is mentioned online? 

Sep 13, 2:09PM EDT0

Are you able to reverse SEO?

Sep 12, 1:35PM EDT0

No, and I seriously doubt that anyone out there can. SEO changes on a weekly basis. It's hard to even keep up with Google's algorithm and they are basically setting the standard for how SEO works.

Sep 12, 10:09PM EDT0

How can I find out what people are saying about my brand online?

Sep 13, 1:08PM EDT0

What's te best thing to do in avoiding an online reputation in getting bad reviews?

Sep 12, 12:34PM EDT0

Well, with ReferenceME, you can decide which references you want to make public. So if you received a bad review you don’t have to publish it to your profile. Regardless, you can never know if someone’s reference is legitimate until they have it verified by ReferenceME.

Sep 12, 10:11PM EDT0
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Does it cost me anything to start a crowdfunding campaign?

Sep 12, 12:07PM EDT0

Typically, no. But that depends on which platform you are using.

Sep 12, 10:15PM EDT0

Have you approached shops or retail outlets to donate money or to donate products that could help you as incentives?

Sep 12, 10:31AM EDT0

I dont understand how this would be helpful to us....  Are you referring to the rewards we give out in our Kickstarter campaign?

Sep 12, 10:29PM EDT0

Have you ever encountered a client, that you could not help?

Sep 13, 9:15PM EDT0

Can you give me 5 reasons as to why you choose crowdfunding to launch your idea?

Sep 12, 10:30AM EDT0

What important lesson have you learnt from using crowdfunding so far?

Sep 12, 6:04AM EDT0

Be prepared with a good marketing plan to get the word out about your campaign.

Sep 12, 10:32PM EDT0

What basic steps can people do to safeguard their online reputations?

Sep 13, 8:44PM EDT0

Can you share a link to your facebook, twitter, website please?

Sep 11, 11:24PM EDT0

https://www.referenceme.today

Sep 12, 2:15PM EDT0

How can people keep themselves safe from cyber extortionists, or people who promise to erase undesirable content for a fee, and then ask for more money later to keep it offline?

Sep 13, 8:14PM EDT0

What do you feel the biggest benefits of Crowdfunding are?

Sep 11, 10:11PM EDT0

Crowd funding is ALL about the publicity that you receive from your campaign. It’s also a great way to get feedback from your end users and to validate whether or not you have a viable business idea. The money is a nice benefit though.

Sep 12, 10:17PM EDT0

How much of your work is reactive versus proactive?

Sep 13, 7:43PM EDT0

What makes your site credible? Would employers question the validity of your site or accept it?

Sep 11, 9:39PM EDT0

Our sole focus is going to be on managing people’s online reputation through the references they receive from their peers. We have a strict process we go through to validate the authenticity of these references. No other company has this same focus. This is a process that we share with the companies that use our services. But to answer your question, we will just have to build our own reputation and brand by providing excellent customer service and an audit trail of the work we compete. Like any new company, credibility will have to be earned and built from day one.

Sep 12, 10:21PM EDT0

Do you have any clients or references we can speak to?

Sep 13, 7:42PM EDT0

Do you do background checks on people who write a reference?

Sep 11, 9:38PM EDT0

Yes, if they request it. 

Sep 12, 10:17PM EDT0

Do you have any competitors you set yourself apart from?

Sep 13, 7:11PM EDT0

Is crowdfunding just about money or are there other benefits?

Sep 11, 9:36PM EDT0

Crowd funding is ALL about the publicity that you receive from your campaign. It’s also a great way to get feedback from your end users and to validate whether or not you have a viable business idea. The money is a nice benefit though.

Sep 12, 2:15PM EDT0

Any additional services you offer, that are not included or listed?

Sep 13, 6:41PM EDT0

How difficult is it to erase something negative once it's online?

Sep 11, 9:13PM EDT0

Erasing bad publicity online can be very difficult. That’s not the problem we are aiming to solve though. All ReferenceME users have the choice to make their references public or private. When references are public, you will be able to see them on the users profile. Each reference will be marked with “Verified” once we have confirmed the authenticity of the author and the things that have written.  This way you know that the reference is a legitimate and true representation of the ReferenceME user.

Sep 12, 2:13PM EDT0

What is the range of costs?

Sep 13, 6:20PM EDT0

It’s obvious what's at stake when a company has bad reviews or a social media meltdown, but what’s at stake for individuals?

Sep 11, 8:13PM EDT0

A bad reputation can keep you from getting a job, be accepted into a school, or any other organization where a good reputation is important. If a hiring manager hears something bad about the work you do, but you have 3 verified references from executive level professionals saying what a great employee you are, which information holds more credibility?

Sep 12, 10:28PM EDT0

What press outlets your company mostly works with?

Sep 13, 5:49PM EDT0

What are your back-up plans if your crowdfunding campaign fails?

Sep 11, 7:56PM EDT0

We will continue to fund our growth organically through adding new users. Additionally, we are open to private equity investments as well.

Sep 12, 2:08PM EDT0

Can you give some advice to people interested in launching their own crowdfunding campaigns?

Sep 11, 7:37PM EDT0

Lots of research and preparation. Figure out which crowd funding platform is right for you based on your product or service. Then do a lot of research. Googling how to have a successful crowd funding campaign will bring up all kinds of tips and tricks on what sort of content you should add, what your rewards should be, and even the best time to launch your campaign based on your industry. Make sure to get your friends and family involved in marketing your campaign as well.

Sep 12, 2:07PM EDT0

What is your business’ pace like?

Sep 13, 5:19PM EDT0

Great idea, how do you want to persuade companies to use your research to do background checks in favor of already established companies?

Sep 11, 7:22PM EDT0

There are a lot of companies that can do background checks but we have the ability to do them cheaper and faster than anyone else in the market. $25 for a 24 hour turn around. Most companies need 5 business days for the level of inquiry we provide.

Sep 12, 10:25PM EDT0

What do you love about a client usually? What do you not love?

Sep 13, 4:48PM EDT0

What's the most common problem that you encounter?

Sep 11, 7:12PM EDT0

We'll let you know once we are operational.

Sep 12, 10:23PM EDT0

We are looking for a close-knit relationship, how do you think your company aligns with our in-house team?

Sep 13, 4:17PM EDT0

What common reasons why someone couldn't handle his or her own online reputation?

Sep 11, 6:12PM EDT0

Everyone needs personal references in their life. Whether you’re interviewing for a job, applying for college, or trying to find that next client for your business. Good references are the best way to give yourself credibility and differentiate yourself from everyone else. These references are what other people think of you and your work, and thus, they are what creates your reputation. ReME provides a one stop shop to show everyone your reputation (as seen by other people) from a single profile page.

Sep 12, 2:06PM EDT0

What are some tangible goals you can make for yourself in regards to what we are looking for?

Sep 13, 3:44PM EDT0

Why might someone need help managing a digital reputation?

Sep 11, 5:11PM EDT0

Everyone needs personal references in their life. Whether you’re interviewing for a job, applying for college, or trying to find that next client for your business. Good references are the best way to give yourself credibility and differentiate yourself from everyone else. These references are what other people think of you and your work, and thus, they are what creates your reputation. ReME provides a one stop shop to show everyone your reputation (as seen by other people) from a single profile page.

Sep 12, 2:06PM EDT0

 What is the timeline you work on?

Sep 13, 3:13PM EDT0

If you are offering your software free, how do you make money?

Sep 11, 4:41PM EDT0

Though the software is free to use, we do charge a fee to have your references verified. Additionally, if you need to have a background check completed, we charge for that as well. We have an Enterprise Subscription for businesses where they can pay us to manage all of these things for them as well.

Sep 12, 2:03PM EDT0

What are your strongest skills as an online reputation management specialist?

Sep 13, 2:43PM EDT0

How long do you think it would take for this crowdfunding campaign to attain the goals you have?

Sep 11, 3:52PM EDT0

Kickstarter makes you choose a timeframe to raise money. They suggest 30 days and that is the standard time that most successful campaign have used. So we took their advice.

Sep 12, 2:01PM EDT0

What are the philosophies that guide your organization?

Sep 13, 2:12PM EDT0

When and how did you think of this idea?

Sep 11, 2:55PM EDT0

Necessity if the mother of invention. Our founder's wife was looking for physical therapist jobs at various medical facilities, most employers asked her for references so that they could verify her experience and reputation. This became a tedious and time consuming process as managers from different companies called her references over and over again. She needed a good way to archive all of her references from various supervisors at the companies where she had worked. In order to streamline this process we created a tool to collect all of her references in one place where she could share them with potential employers. And to save time, we found a way to verify the authenticity of each reference so the hiring managers wouldn't have to do it. Our founder's wife now had a portable set of valid references that she could take with her anywhere. 

Sep 12, 2:00PM EDT0

What are your team and business structure like?

Sep 13, 1:42PM EDT0

What advice would you give to anyone else looking to create their first crowdfunding project?

Sep 11, 2:37PM EDT0

Lots of research and preparation. Figure out which crowd funding platform is right for you based on your product or service. Then do a lot of research. Googling how to have a successful crowd funding campaign will bring up all kinds of tips and tricks on what sort of content you should add, what your rewards should be, and even the best time to launch your campaign based on your industry. Make sure to get your friends and family involved in marketing your campaign as well.

Sep 12, 2:00PM EDT0

What were the steps to accomplish the repair process, for a bad online review?

Sep 13, 1:11PM EDT0

How much research did you do in regard to crowdfunding before you settled on kickstarter?

Sep 11, 1:44PM EDT0

We researched quite a few platforms and found that each of them has a focus area that they are best at; such as Social Events, Gadgets, or Art pieces. Kickstarter was one of the few that had a category for us. Other tech start-ups have had successful campaigns on Kickstarter so it seems like a good choice. Additionally, we have personally run successful campaigns on Kickstarter before.

Sep 12, 1:57PM EDT0

What was the biggest turnaround you made for a client?

Sep 13, 12:41PM EDT0

What are the drawbacks, if any, on using crowdfunding platforms?

Sep 11, 1:10PM EDT0

The drawback is that now your tool is out in the open. Anyone can see it and begin to copy you. That’s why you need to be ready with a competitive advantage. The other drawback is that it takes a lot of time to put together and manage a crowd funding campaign. Especially when there are so many other things in the business that need your attention.

Sep 12, 1:54PM EDT0

What is your most successful project or client?

Sep 13, 12:10PM EDT0

Hi. What could be more revolutionary than ReME? In hindsight, what kind of makeover could ReME get if you were to redo it all over?

Sep 11, 12:00PM EDT0

Well, we've already updated the look and feel for ReME a couple of times. We're prety happy with it as it is now. I'm sure it we will realize our mistakes and make improvements as the tool gains more users. We are alwasy open to constructive feedback and suggestions on how to make the tool better from a functionality and visual perspective.

Sep 12, 1:51PM EDT0
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