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Gesture Expands its Team

Gesture Expands its Team: Spencer Hayman

Spencer Hayman – Director of Sales, Western Region

Gesture welcomes Spencer Hayman to its growing staff as Sales Director for the West Coast. This new position was added as a nod to the company’s quickly expanding reach to nonprofits in more cities across the country. Spencer will work closely with Sales Director Dianne Kleber, who will focus her efforts on the east coast.

Spencer has more than 15 years of experience consulting with non-profits, including his own company which he sold to Kintera shortly before it’s IPO. Recently, he was Regional Director for 8 states with Operation Homefront, a military nonprofit.

 

Gesture is also excited to welcome the following members to its Chicago office!

Gesture Expands its Team:  Karam

 

 

Karam Algharabeh – Junior Software Developer
Karam was born in 1994 in West Bank, Palestine. He graduated from Manchester Universtiy in Indiana with a Computer Science degree. He loves reading, swimming, and playing basketball. He also enjoys exploring new things and learning about different cultures.

 

 

 

Gesture Expands its Team: Katlin Bewley

 

Katlin Bewley – Account Manager
Katlin is very excited to be part of the team and working with everyone at Gesture! Her last position was a fundraising coordinator, so she is looking forward to be working on the other side of the events. She’s worked alongside Gesture for the past 3 years at the organization she was with previously.

 

 

 

 

Gesture Expands its Team: Sara Manzoor

 

 

Sara Manzoor – Junior Software Developer
Sara is a Computer Science graduate with big dreams! She loves traveling, history, decor, and she is also a big foodie! She received her degree from Northern Illinois University.

 

 

 

 

Gesture Expands its Team: Maura Moran


Maura Moran – Content Strategist

Maura graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2011 with a major in English Writing and a minor in Business Administration. In the years following, she interned at the Chicago Opera Theater in the marketing department for a year before being hired full time at one of Gesture’s charity partners, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School on the south side of Chicago. As a member of the Institutional Advancement team, she worked first as the recruitment assistant and then as the marketing & communications assistant.

 

Gesture Expands its Team: Brandon Schaball

 

 

Brandon Schabell – Junior Software Developer
Brandon graduated from Lewis University in 2015 with a B.S in physics and just moved back to Illinois in May after spending a year as a graduate teaching assistant at Purdue.

 

 

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Gesture Talks Nonprofits using Tech with Blue Sky

Gesture’s Marketing Manager, Brandon Stec, shares his insights on the nonprofits using tech in order to advance their causes.

Find the article here or read it below. Contact us to see how we can help you raise more at your next fundraising event!

How are nonprofits using tech to advance their causes?

From Blue Sky, June 24, 2016

13312688_885091221634516_3279902828349351207_nNEW FEATURE: Blue Sky has teamed with Chicago startup Hearken, an audience engagement platform for newsrooms, to find out what you want to know about startups and technology. We’ll answer simpler questions in “Ask Blue Sky” and report others in longer stories. Let us know what you want to learn! Here’s our latest question, from Anonymous via Hearken.

Nonprofits are using technology and data to reach more diverse donors in different ways, said Brandon Stec, marketing manager at mobile bidding company Gesture.

The Westmont-based startup provides technology to nonprofits that brings their silent auctions and ticketing platforms online. That can give people the ability to easily donate and bid on their phones, or reach people who aren’t even at an event.

But these days, nonprofits tend to go further than that, Stec said.

They’re using social media to tell their stories and reach donor bases in ways beyond just asking for money. That builds strong relationships with donors, he said. Just sending an email doesn’t cut it anymore.

“Email is almost archaic these days,” Stec said. “Everything is communicated through social media or text messages.”

Chicago Cubs first basemen Anthony Rizzo’s Family Foundation is an example, Stec said. The foundation, which raises money for cancer research and support for families, tweets often about its events and campaigns. Rizzo not only retweets the info from his account, but also shares the story about his own battle with cancer.

Nonprofits tend to adopt new technology slower than other companies, Stec said, partially because they have restrictive budgets. But the ones that move quickly have seen greater increase in donations and activity from new donors.

Charities have tapped into tools like Facebook’s “Donate Now” button, and have learned what platforms to use to reach certain demographics. They’re also learning to read data and put it to work.

“Data is at our fingertips now. Everyone is using it a little bit,” he said. “The ones who are using it effectively are the ones who are digging into who’s giving and why they’re giving.”

The work in nonprofit data analytics often lies in understanding people, said Christine Campigotto, applied data science manager at data analytics startup Civis Analytics. That could mean volunteers, donors, activists or the people receiving the charity’s service.

Nonprofits that already know a lot of information about their donors can analyze the data to better understand what kind of geographic and economical trends are driving them, she said.

Those without much data can gather information through surveys, and use that to find where their services are needed, she said. For example, Civis conducted a survey for a nonprofit that helps those without health insurance. The survey results told the nonprofit where people that lacked health insurance lived.

Most organizations track return on investment through multiple channels. Pulling those together allows nonprofits to make more informed decisions on the best ways to spend their money, and identify the most worthwhile donors to target.

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CharityVision Raises Nearly $1 Million at Second Annual Fight Night

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For Immediate Release

For More Information, Contact:
Maura Moran
Content Strategist
(312) 868 – 0365
Maura.Moran@gesture.com

CHICAGO, June 22, 2016 – CharityVision, a Salt Lake City non-profit organization, raised nearly $1 million at their second annual Fight Night on Saturday, June 11. The black-tie fundraiser boasted a feature fight between legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya and boxing enthusiast Mario Lopez at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City. Josh Romney, CharityVision’s president, served as the night’s emcee and Jenn Blosil, a top 15 finalist on this season of American Idol, sang the national anthem. Mexican luchadores, appetizers and a live and silent auction also played a part in drawing hundreds of donors to the unique event in support of a deserving cause.

A non-profit based in Utah, CharityVision provides medical equipment, clinics, vision screenings, eye surgeries and training to doctors in poverty-stricken areas across the globe. Their goal for this year’s event was to raise enough money to cover 40,000 sight-restoring surgeries.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’ll be able to improve the lives of tens of thousands of people in a hugely significant way,” shared CharityVision President Josh Romney. “We are thrilled by the success of the event and can’t thank Oscar De La Hoya, Mario Lopez, and all of our supporters enough.”

Gesture, a Chicago-based mobile bidding technology company, partnered with CharityVision to help the organization double the revenue from silent auction and donations from last year’s inaugural fundraiser. Gesture worked alongside the CharityVision team to advise and plan prior to the event and provided an on-site professional team that managed seamless mobile bidding, fast and flawless check in and out, direct donations and a real-time dashboard that offered insights directed to increase fundraising.

“With Gesture’s help, we were able to raise more money than we had last year and make an even bigger impact,” Romney said. “They supported us during the planning process and were assets to me and my team throughout the fundraiser and post event analysis. It’s a great partnership, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

For more information on how Gesture can help your non-profit raise more money, go to www.Gesture.com.

Gesture is a technology company based in the Chicagoland area that helps non-profit organizations raise more money through a unique technology platform. Since 2011, Gesture has managed over 3,000 events for non-profit charity partners and helped raise over $330 million. Founder, Jim Alvarez drives the team of over 50 full-time staff members to continue to help more charities raise more money across the country.

CharityVision is focused on empowering local physicians in 25 developing countries to overcome curable blindness and poor vision by providing eye exams, glasses, surgeries, and eye-care clinics. In 2015, doctors in CharityVision clinics around the globe restored the sight of more than 40,000 patients. www.charityvision.net

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Jim Alvarez – Daily Herald Business Ledger

Jim Alvarez, CEO, shares the story of what inspired him to start Gesture five years ago in an interview with the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

Find the article here or read it below. Contact us to see how we can help you raise more at your next fundraising event!

Jim AlvarezWestmont firm’s auction program aids nonprofits

From the Daily Herald Business Ledger, June 10, 2016

Consider it a Gesture of good faith.

While attending a charity fundraiser in 2011, Jim Alvarez saw room for improvement in the process of the silent auction being held during the event. In addition to tracking bids that were being written down on paper, Alvarez was wary of the long lines winning bidders had to face to pay for their items.

Alvarez is the founder and president of Gesture, a Westmont-based company that has automated the fundraising process for nonprofits. From using mobile phones for the bidding process to automating the payment procedure, Gesture has proved to be a valuable resource for charities and foundations to raise funds efficiently.

Born in his basement five years ago, Gesture has grown to a 60-person company that is expected to see $10 million in revenue this year, Alvarez said. It has partnered with more than 2,000 nonprofits nationwide, from the Ronald McDonald House Charities and American Cancer Society to small, local private schools and foundations. The company works with the Chicago Blackhawks,Cubs and Fire charities, as well as the foundations of the last four Stanley Cup championship teams and, most recently, the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

Key to Gesture’s success is a mobile bidding system that will text a bidder when he has been outbid and ask if he wants to submit a new bid.

“In the olden days, people would come and make a bid, then they’d start socializing and never really have a chance to go back to check and see if they’ve been outbbid,” Alvarez said. “What we do now is, as soon as they get outbid, we text them and ask if they want to bid again, and this dramatically helps the charities raise more money.”

In addition, the software accepts and holds credit card information during the check-in process, which helps speeds up the payment process at the end of the night.

A dashboard monitors the entire process in real time, Alvarez said. The client can see how many bids they are getting, what the revenues are, and can break information down by item, such as how many raffle tickets are sold or what an individual item is selling for. A custom website is also created for the specific event, which opens the process to a wider group of donors.

“People who might not be able to attend the event can now participate,” Alvarez said, adding that several events in the past have hit their fundraising goals before the event even starts.

“More time, more bidders, equal more revenue,” he said.

While technology is a big part of Gesture, Alvarez is quick to point out the human factor also makes it successful. For each event, Gesture has a team work with the organization to handle the fundraising efforts.

“An account manager walks through every step of fundraising,” he said, adding that process alone can take 10 to 13 hours. “On the night of event, we send a team of 4 to 20 people to take the credit card information at the beginning of event, store that information and collect at the end of night. We also help with the bidding throughout the night and handle the check-out.

“It’s not only our technology, but our team that makes sure everything goes well.”

And while it helps nonprofits raise funds, Gesture does not take a cut from that money. Instead, it charges a flat fee to the organization beforehand, based on the complexity of the event.

“It never matters if they raise $10,000 or $10 million at an event,” he said. “Ours is a flat fee.”

Gesture’s goal, Alvarez said, is to handle the fundraising portion of the event, so that the nonprofit can focus more on its donors.

“At a charity event, there’s a lot of moving parts. What we want to do for our charity partner is to simply take the fundraising portion of the night off their plate,” he said. “Now, from a charity standpoint, they can spend time with their donors.”

 

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Gestures Of The Week 4/4/16

A helping hand. A friendly smile. A round of applause at a charity event. Universal signs of support that have the power to change the world. Here are the Gestures of the Week.

Want to suggest a Gesture of the Week? Post to our Facebook Page or tweet to us at @GestureTeam.


 

Thanks for keeping us safe‘Thanks for keeping us safe’: Police search for teen who wrote powerful note on napkin
The Kansas City police department posted a photo of a napkin on its Facebook page — and now they want to find the teenager who wrote: “Thanks for keeping us safe.” “We’re human too. We like to feel the love just like everybody else does,” Officer Rance Quinn told WDAF. Read more…

 



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Lisa Steger is not accustomed to picking up strangers in her car. But that didn’t stop her one day late last month when she noticed an elderly woman walking along the side of a road, hunched over. “Ma’am, can I help you?” she asked. Read more…

 

 

 

 


 

Texas baseball team’s respectful gesture for peace officer’s funeral procession
En route to a game against Texas rival Shelbyville, the Mount Enterprise baseball team bus found itself stuck in traffic as cars filed out of the John D. Windham Civic Center. Rather than hoot, holler and honk their way through the traffic jam in Center, Texas, the Wildcats discovered the steady stream of cars stemmed from so many people paying homage to Stanley Burgay, 62, who garnered so much respect serving Shelby County as a Center Police Officer for 30 years and a Timpson Constable for another 12. Read more…



Parents thank bus driver who fist-bumped son with Down syndrome
Sometimes the greatest impact can come from the most unlikely sources. For 19-year-old Ty Coppola — who has Down syndrome — that source was Scott Reynolds, the Fairport, New York bus driver who took him and 11 other students with special needs to school each day. Read more…


 

52 weeks of cookies: Son’s deployment sends military mom on epic baking mission
When her 20-year-old son was deployed to Iraq with just a few days’ notice, Maggie McCreath desperately searched for her own mission to cope with the worry. She found it with the help of flour, sugar, vanilla and lots of love. Read more…

 

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Gestures Of The Week 3/28

A helping hand. A friendly smile. A round of applause at a charity event. Universal signs of support that have the power to change the world. Here are the Gestures of the Week.

Want to suggest a Gesture of the Week? Post to our Facebook Page or tweet to us at @GestureTeam.

 

 

 

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While a Georgia couple was welcoming a baby boy into their world last week, a friend of theirs decided to share the good news with other friends. The friend sent a group text to their friends, but accidentally entered a wrong number. Read more…

 

 


 

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Two Houston Police officers went above and beyond the call of duty the day before Easter, restoring a bit of faith and confidence in the police force by a quick trip to a southwest Houston store. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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A North Carolina family is thanking a Roswell police officer and dispatcher for an act of kindness that helped reunite an 88-year-old woman and her brother. Betty Morris was driving from Tampa, Fla., to her brother’s home in Sylva, N.C., when she found herself lost at a gas station on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell on Tuesday. Read more…


 


Take a minute to pay it forward
Take a minute to pay it forward
With our everyday lives being so busy, and our heads stuck in our cell phones — we have become a society that completely overlook the potential for socialization. Social Media has become the new way we communicate. Major business deals have been conducted either by Social Media or emails. But what ever happened to the old days — where a handshake sealed the deal? As we evolve with technology, we lose a little piece of our true self — and the ability to communicate face to face. Read more…

 

 

 


 

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Janice Maureen Murphy lost her infant daughter Analiese last month. When she recently visited Disney World, it was with a heavy heart because
her child would never get to experience the magical place. But one special character meeting helped this mother feel close to Analiese even though she couldn’t physically be there. Read more…

 


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ENTERTAINMENT SUPERSTAR JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TO MAKE DEBUT AT AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP

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Multi-talented actor and musical artist Justin Timberlake will join superstar athletes and entertainers for the first time this summer at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, July 14-19 (www.TahoeCelebrityGolf.com). The muchdecorated performer is an avid golfer who plays to a six handicap and is renowned in the sport for his
philanthropic endeavors.

He will join an already-impressive lineup of more than 80 sports and entertainment celebrities, including TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley, NFL MVP and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, TV personality Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty and a host of current pro athletes and retired Hall of Famers. The 26th annual tournament raises money for multiple charities and offers free admission to military personnel and guests.

With major television exposure (NBC Sports, NBCSN, Golf Channel) and a purse of $600,000, the American Century Championship is the most prestigious celebrity tournament in golf. The 2015 event tees off July 17-19 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on the shores of the largest alpine lake in North America. “We’ve been talking to Justin Timberlake for years about joining the American Century Championship field and his schedule coincides with our tournament dates this year,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports, which owns and operates the tournament. “He will be a dynamic attraction for the galleries and a perfect fit with the celebrities who come to Lake Tahoe every July.”

In 2007, the PGA Tour announced Timberlake as the host of its 2008 Las Vegas tour stop. The tournament was renamed the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open from 2008-2012. In addition to lending his name to the event and attending the tournaments, Timberlake also raised money for the Shriners Hospitals via concert performances during weekend activities.

One of today’s most successful recording artists, Timberlake’s work has earned him six Grammy Awards® and four Emmy Awards®. As an actor, Timberlake has starred in such acclaimed films as the Academy Award®-nominated The Social Network as well as hit movies including Friends With Benefits, Bad Teacher, Trouble With The Curve and Inside Llewyn Davis. In 2013, he released his album The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience which became the best-selling album of the year. TIME Magazine named Timberlake one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007 and 2013.

Along with the sports and entertainment stars, Timberlake will join two bona fide heroes in the field. United States Army Sergeant Major Rodney Gorman, and retired United States Army Corporal Chad Pfeifer, both winners of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Warrior Open. Gorman, a Gulf War veteran who has also experienced multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, is 90 percent disabled with several shrapnel wounds including in his left forearm. Pfeifer, who finished fifth in last year’s tournament, lost his left leg to an IED explosion in Iraq in 2007.

As part of the tournament’s special tribute to America’s military, all active duty, reservists, National Guard and veterans can receive two complimentary tickets per day, including one for a guest at the 26th annual tournament. All service men and women who would like to attend can apply by going to https://verify.sheerid.com/americancenturychampionship2015/ to redeem the special offer.

Participants must show photo ID along with the ticket voucher at tournament gates to receive the complimentary ticket(s). Other prominent competitors chasing the $125,000 first prize include John Elway, Anthony Anderson, Roger Clemens, Jerry Rice, Cris Collinsworth and defending champion Mark Rypien. Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis are competing just before their induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. John Smoltz is set
to join the all-time baseball greats in Cooperstown in August.

For the latest details, photos, celebrity tweets and fan contests go to @ACChampionship on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/LTCelebrityGolf. For tournament information: www.TahoeCelebrityGolf.com.

For real time updates on promotions, packages, conditions and events in South Lake Tahoe, visit The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TahoeSouth, Twitter:
www.twitter.com/TahoeSouth and YouTube: www.youtube.com/LTVA. For information about Lake Tahoe South Shore, call 1-800-AT-TAHOE (1-800-288-2463) or visit www.tahoesouth.com.

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LADF BLUE DIAMOND GALA Mobile Bidding California

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) played host to 900 guests at Dodger Stadium for its inaugural Blue Diamond Gala on Thursday, April 16, 2015 which honored The Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and the LA84 Foundation. The momentous event netted $1.3 million, which includes matching funds from Dodger ownership.

“It’s very gratifying to witness the generosity of the LA community, Dodger fans and sponsors that were on hand to experience our inaugural gala,” said Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Executive Director Nichol Whiteman. “We are especially thankful to the Dodger coaches and players that joined us on their free evening as well as Dodger ownership, who made this event a club priority and generously matched funds raised. We look forward to the continued growth of both this event and our foundation for years to come.”

The gala kicked off with a VIP reception hosted by Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten at Top of the Park within Dodger Stadium and included a cocktail reception in center field. Dinner highlights included a fashion show by Ted Baker London modeled by Dodger players and a performance by Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc.

Guests included celebrities, Hall of Famers and Dodger alumni. LADF’s Blue Diamond Gala was hosted by the entire SportsNet LA broadcasting team. Rachel Robinson, founder of The Jackie Robinson Foundation, Megan Chernin, President and CEO of The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, and Anita DeFrantz, President of the LA84 Foundation, were on hand to accept their awards.

Full Article and Watch Video: Click Here

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Billion Success – Jim Alvarez founder of Gesture: Mobile Bidding for Silent Auctions

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Meet Jim Alvarez founder and CEO of Gesture.

Gesture works with charities, nonprofits, schools, churches and political organizations nationwide to organize events that maximize revenue in silent auctions, direct donations and live auctions. From school auctions, sports fundraisers, golf outings, club fundraisers and stadium auctions to the most elegant gala, Gesture helps charities raise more money via energetic teams and unique mobile bidding technology.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your company – what is Gesture all about?

We help Charities increase their donations via their silent auctions. Our technology allows donors to bid on items using their own mobile devices. This gives Charities the opportunity to keep their silent auctions open longer, allows them to invite more than just the people attending the event to participate in the auction, and it instantly notifies the bidder when they have been outbid. We help many great Non-Profits like Ronald McDonald, American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis, The Chicago Blackhawks, and tons of schools throughout the nation.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your background and how you started your company?

CEO Jim Alvarez founded Gesture in May, 2011. He and his team managed 57 charity events that year and grew it almost ten-fold 18 months later to manage 500 events. Forty-two months later, and now Gesture has helped over 2,000 nonprofits in 44 U.S. markets raise over $170 million from silent auctions and donations, including the American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Cubs Charities.

After graduating from Indiana University, this entrepreneur fashioned a ‘no pain, no gain’ mindset.

In 2004 as a trader playing softball at night after the markets closed, a hamstring injury led Alvarez to invent the HammY golf putter. Three years later the HammY won a LPGA tournament by Natalie Gulbis, globally ranked 58th in putting, who moved to #3 using this game-changing putter.

Never sitting still for long, Alvarez bought two Sprint® stores in 2006, grew this investment to seven in two years, earned top dealer status and profitably sold them. Then he started a tanning business that led to him becoming partner in L.A. Tan, one of the largest privately held tanning salon chains in the nation with 180 locations.

In 2010 Alvarez founded the Amhurst Asylum. This former “psychiatric hospital” won best new haunted house by HauntedHouseChicago.com that year. In 2013, Amhurst was voted the #1 haunted attraction from 118 haunts in the Midwest.

His team is now intent on a similarly successful path for Gesture being just as freaky fast. A decade later, Alvarez is reminded of repeated success starting businesses in multiple industries.

Alvarez met his wife in the 4th grade and they were married in 2001. They have two small boys; Jax (6), and Asher (3). In his free time, Alvarez enjoys being a member of the Golfweek Rating Panel, and loves hitting the links as often as possible.

Q: What are some of the projects you are working on right now?

Making our bidding platform the best on the planet.

Q: What are your plans for the future, how do you plan to grow this company?

We want to build additional products and continue to open markets throughout the nation

Q: How do you bring ideas to life?

This is hard…I have many thoughts in my head, and often it is difficult to articulate them all.

Q: What’s one trend that really excites you?

Mobile.We are a mobile first company, and the adoption of more and more mobile users is exciting

Q: What were the top 3 mistakes you made starting your business and what did you learn from it?

Not having a marketing budget: I will never start another company without a million dollar marketing budget.

Trusting too many people: I trusted some close friends in the beginning, and once they realized how great my idea was they screwed me (I have not learned from this one, and I will continue to lean on my friends.) I did learn that no matter how good of friends you think you have, money changes things.

Not tracking things better: We went full throttle from the beginning, and if we would have tracked things better at the start we would not have to spend weeks/months going through these trying to figure out what happened.

Q: How do you go about marketing your business, and what has been the most successful form of marketing for you?

Much of our marketing has been done through word-of-mouth and client referrals. For branding, lead generation and connecting with our followers we use all the major social networks.

Q: What would you say are the top 3 skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur – and why?

No fear, no give-up, and being nice.
You cannot think of things that will cause you to fail, there are too many.
You can’t give up. Ever. And in the beginning not many people will believe you can do what you think you can do, so being nice is the key to keeping them on your team

Q: What are top 3 online tools and resources you’re currently using to grow your company?

Buffer is a great social sharing platform.
Unroll.me is an app that works with your email to keep your inbox clean.
Google Docs Google makes it super easy to simultaneously edit your docs with other people whether you are huddled in a room together or spread out all over the world. It also provides a place for people to store their documents.

Q: What are some books you recommend entrepreneurs to read?

I don’t read. I’m not proud of this, but I don’t have time, and I am not a great reader.

Q: What is your favorite entrepreneurship quote?

I don’t read, so I don’t have one. But I will make one up….learn from the past, but never dwell on it.

Q: How can our community get in touch with you?

jim@gesture.com

Crunchbase: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/auctionsbycellular

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Mobile Bidding Tech Company Auctions By Cellular (ABC) Rebrands Itself Gesture

Gesture, Make Hope HappenWestmont, IL, May 11, 2015 — To better reflect its long-term vision — including a more comprehensive slate of products and honed articulation of what the emotional impact those products enable — Auctions By Cellular, or AuctionsByCellular (ABC), today rebranded itself Gesture.

The timing also coincides with the company’s remarkable growth since first launching into the crowded space in 2011. On the heels of the company’s busiest weekend in its history, this underscores management’s belief that they are not just a parochial business catering to schools and local organizations, but rather a national company changing how charities big and small think about the donor experience.

“We are continually assessing our brand and offering to find out if we are best representing what we provide our charity partners,” said Jim Alvarez, Founder/CEO, of Gesture. “Over the last year especially, as we’ve grown increasingly embedded into the donor experience, we realized there was a bigger opportunity to enhance and reflect the emotional benefits associated with the experience of giving.”

Jim Alvarez, CEO and Founder of Gesture

Accordingly, when Alvarez and his team first considered a relaunch, they looked at both the functional technology they offer, and the key emotional benefits of having superior technology and event-experts.

Since its 2011 founding, Gesture reports that it has helped over 2,000 charities nationwide raise in excess of $170 million.

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10 CEOs Share Their Leadership Style Secrets

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A startup is only as good as its leader, and having a bold leadership style is often the determining factor behind a startup’s success. Not only will a CEO’s style set the pace for the rest of the company, but it will also determine the degree of respect and trust that a startup’s employees have for it. Though leadership styles vary greatly, and there’s no single correct one, there are some universal traits that set great CEOs apart from their not so remarkable counterparts. We asked 10 CEOs of successful startups what the key elements of their leadership style were, and how they led to their startup’s success. Here’s what they had to say. Read Full Article Click Here

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