13 episodes

Community Stories is brought to you by Uncommunity.

We sit with community builders, creators and hear the backstory on building thriving Internet communities.

Building thriving communities take incredible efforts and everyone has great story on how did they start their journey.

Community Stories Mohammed Rafy

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Community Stories is brought to you by Uncommunity.

We sit with community builders, creators and hear the backstory on building thriving Internet communities.

Building thriving communities take incredible efforts and everyone has great story on how did they start their journey.

    Yaro Bagriy of Playgroup on building creator communities and how to create engagement in a community

    Yaro Bagriy of Playgroup on building creator communities and how to create engagement in a community

    Yaro Bagriy is the creator of Playgroup, a new-age community-building platform. He previously started a community for newsletter enthusiasts called Newsletter Crew, which later got acquired. In this episode, we discuss growth and engagement strategies for communities, the ideal size of the community, and why we should build paid & private communities.

    His definition of a successful community is where every member knows every other member, like how a family should be. Small.

    Link to Playgroup - The best platform to build your digital community.
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    • 35 min
    Paras Pundir on starting a career in community building and building communities for brands

    Paras Pundir on starting a career in community building and building communities for brands

    In this bonus episode, Paras and I pick topics and discuss how to start a career in community building, why is building a community for a brand/business different from creator and what should be the ideal community platform to hosts communities.

    Paras is known as The Community Guy, is a community builder who founded Community Folks, a community for community managers and runs multiple communities. Paras believes in creating an impact along with the power of people.

    "Community is not just event. Community is not just Instagram Live. Community is everything."  

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    Link to Community Folks Community
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    • 35 min
    Community is relationships. Relationships are give & take. Kim Johnson, Head of Community at Geneva

    Community is relationships. Relationships are give & take. Kim Johnson, Head of Community at Geneva

    Kim Johnson, Head of Community at Geneva talks about her time at Glossier building community ambassadors program and other initiatives which created experiences to celebrate people. She talks about challenges a community leader can face and how you can balance scale and growth with true community and connection. She discussed her ideal community-building platform and shares 3 pieces of advice for new community builders who are just getting started in their journey of building communities.   

    She believes in, "Your community can often tell your story better than you can".

    When you are early in a community building it takes time. It takes time to make connections. It takes time to build a community that's thriving and can take off and grow on its own. Ensuring you take that time to give care and space to the community to truly grow authentically and to nurture it is super important.

    Link to Geneva - Geneva is a safe and welcoming city of private groups, each with their own personality and purpose.
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    • 39 min
    Having a paid community can lead to better outcome & member experience, Emily & Tom, Co-founders of Propel

    Having a paid community can lead to better outcome & member experience, Emily & Tom, Co-founders of Propel

    Emily Pik and Tom Guthrie, co-founders of Propel - a cohort-based private community join me on Community Stories to talk about their day to day operations of running a paid community and why it's good to have a paid community, defining north star of a community, how to select members for the paid community by learning their motivation, how not to define a community and what's the difference between having an audience vs having a community.   

    "A community is when a cumulative strength of relationships between members of the community exceeds the strength of the relationship with the members and the original creator of the community."

    Link to the Propel's Community
    Link to Emily Pik's Twitter
    Link to Tom Guthrie's Twitter
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    • 29 min
    Ian Vanagas, Building an ideal community platform and the future of internet communities

    Ian Vanagas, Building an ideal community platform and the future of internet communities

    In this episode, Ian talks about how status works in online communities and dive into community-building platforms like Discord, Reddit and explain why is Discord winning. Discord won by building 10x better spaces for communities. By selling status, they have also managed to capture more value from those communities than other platforms.

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    • 46 min
    Arvid Kahl, The Bootstrapped Founder, Author of Zero to Sold and now writing The Embedded Entrepreneur

    Arvid Kahl, The Bootstrapped Founder, Author of Zero to Sold and now writing The Embedded Entrepreneur

    Arvid Kahl joins me on Community Stories to talk about the audience-first approach, building relationships and his latest book The Embedded Entrepreneur, prev Audience First. Audience-first means exactly what it sounds like: you start with the audience. Arvid shares his lesson building a bootstrap business, how he leveraged the audience to write his first book Zero to Sold and why he is writing Audience First. This book will teach you how to build a business the right way from the beginning: with an audience that you want to serve and that will serve you.

    He says, "Building relationships is a never-ending transaction."

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    • 1 hr 1 min

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