|What is kirtsy? A user-generated content aggregator from 30 editors and hundreds of thousands of women. Since its launch, kirtsy has become a thriving community and profitable company. kirtsy created and hosts the Mom 2.0 Summit each February. It has also partnered with Microsoft Office Live to launch nationwide "Hands-On Social Media" and "Hands-On Small Business" programs to educate women about social media.
How did it start? Three friends who had never met in real life reached out to each other on the Internet and inadvertently created a stage on which anyone could perform. In the middle of the Super Bowl 2007 while Peyton Manning was scoring points, Laurie, Laura and Gabby had a conference call. They were looking for an online spot where they could find a collection of content that was interesting to them. It didn't seem to exist, so they created it: kirtsy, a social media platform of pure goodness. A plaza for the peachy. A portal to the pretty. A place to find cool things. To read smart scoop. To connect with fab ideas, exceptional people, useful information, excellent products.
What is kirtsy takes a bow? The kirtsy chicks have taken the best of kirtsy and put it in the absolute must have book for any woman who wants to know just what is happening on the internet and for any man who wants to know just what women are up to. It's a collection of great blog posts, inspirational designs and provocative juxtapositions. It has all the energy of kirtsy, but you can carry it in your bag and you don't need wifi to read it. It will introduce you to the kirtsy chicks, their 22 amazing editors, top bloggers and women from around the world.
What's in this for you? kirtsy takes a bow is your invitation to the party. It explains why rogue marketer Guy Kawasaki feels that women's blogging is the next huge wave of influence and why major national magazines are asking the kirtsy chicks to advise them.
Who are the kirtsy chicks? Gabrielle Blair is a New York designer and mother of five, whose popular blog Design Mom was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 3 Motherhood Blogs. Laurie Smithwick blogs at Upside Up and runs LEAP Design, a can-do graphic design studio in North Carolina, with her clever husband. The third of the original kirtsy three and the editor of Kirtsy Takes a Bow, LAURA MAYES, is an Emmy-winning writer. In her spare time, she continues to write for a variety of new-fangled blogs, review sites, and publications, including Kirtsy, The Queso, and Cool Mom Picks and is one of the four founders of the Broad Summit, a gathering of top female bloggers to discuss best business practices. Her online reach extends to hundreds of thousands of women through her networks on Kirtsy, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. Hers is a sought-after voice regarding social media and women and she's regularly invited to speak at conferences, contribute to articles and consult companies with that topic in mind. She lives with her husband James and their son Harry in Houston, Texas.