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Episode 47

Ef Rodriguez

Copywriting, digital strategy, startups. Director of Global Social at @HTC.

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Ef Rodriguez is the Director of Global Social at HTC. With a background in writing and journalism, Ef has always been passionate about startups, good marketing, and cool technologies. He joins us to share his insights on working abroad, being curious, not being lazy, and exploring new technologies and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Ef.
  • Learn more about what drew Ef to the agency world vs products.
  • Learn more about why Ef is actively involved in startup events.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Ef Rodriguez is the Director of Global Social at HTC.

With a background in writing and journalism, Ef has always been passionate about startups, good marketing, and cool technologies. He joins us to share his insights on working abroad, being curious, not being lazy, and exploring new technologies and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Ef got started as a digital strategist and entrepreneur.
  • Why going above and beyond has rewarded Ef throughout his life and career.
  • How living abroad has impacted Ef's world view.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:25
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

5:19
Before working at HTC, you worked at many major creative agencies like Wieden+Kennedy and Crispin Porter + Bogusky. What drew you to join a creative agency vs a product company?

9:27
You ran a few startup events like Startup Weekend, Startup Week, Ignite talks and TEDxBoulder. What has led you to be so passionate about volunteering, and what made you want to get involved in these events?

14:46
You’re currently the Director of Global Social at HTC. For those who might not know, what is HTC and how did you create the opportunity to work there?

16:53
What does your role as Director of Global Social involve? What are some of the things you focus on and what does a typical day look like for you?

19:24
You’ve worked in major cities including Amsterdam, Chicago and now Seattle. How have each changed the way you work or see the world?

25:35
How has your experience been using LinkedIn for publish content and why have you decided to use it over other platforms like Medium?

30:54
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies - besides VR - or industries that really interest you?

32:47
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now?

35:21
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Ef on Twitter
Ef on the Web
HTC on Twitter
HTC on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps & Books

Evernote
Slack
Contest of Champions
Product Hunt

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