TEDx in Boulder was awesome!

I attended TEDx in Boulder Colorado tonight. Andrew Hyde and company put together an amazing list of 22 speakers that covered a wide range of talks from “What makes things funny?” to “The Value of Energy Efficiency”.

My favorite talk (and I think the crowd favorite) was Brad Feld’s talk on his “Quarterly Week Off the Grid” – a simple idea that he credits to saving his marriage where he and his wife completely disconnect from the world (no phone/no email/etc) and go on vacation. I brought my wife to the event and needless to say she was a huge fan of the concept. I also got a chance to introduce myself to Brad who is a super nice guy.

If you don’t know TED you should start watching the talks now. I watch two talks from TED every day over lunch. I find them incredibly valuable to opening my mind to new ideas and gaining exposure to areas that I otherwise would never have access to.

UPDATE: Photos of the event are now online.

UPDATE 2: Video of Brad’s talk is now online.

This is what it’s all about

From the beginning our vision has been to connect neighbors online to create stronger communities, so when I found the following comment it made my day:

“I’m so impressed with the effectiveness of the eNeighbors system, and the care and concern of our neighbors. Using technology to strengthen a community and to help neighbors is a good thing!” – Janet G.

(A screenshot of the full comment is below.)

Neighborhood social networking just beginning

From the Local Onliner:

“Neighbors Online,” a new study from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, has found that 20 percent are using digital tools such as email, texting and social networks to communicate with their neighbors. Twenty two percent have signed up to receive local issue alerts via email or SMS.

Be sure to check out the study from Pew.

Update: Our KC Neighborhoods

I received a request to publish a current list of neighborhoods in Kansas City that subscribe to eNeighbors.

The list below is for neighborhoods in the Kansas City metro area only (Kansas and Missouri). To see if your neighborhood is online, go to www.eNeighbors.com and search for your neighborhood by zip code. 

Amber Hills Estates
Arlington Park
Autumn Ridge
Bradford Gardens
Briarcliff Community Alliance
Briarcliff West
Brighton’s Landing
Cedar Creek
Cedar Ridge Park
Coffee Creek Crossing
Communities of North Brook
Coves North
Crimson Ridge
Deer Creek
Falcon Valley
Forest View
Grey Oaks
Hampton Place
Highlands Ranch
Hills of Walden
Homestead Woods
Links at LionsGate
Maple Brook Park
Mills Farm
Newberry Commons
Northwood Trails
Nottingham by the Green
Nottingham Forest South
Oak Park Homes Association
Oaks Ridge Meadows
Oxford Pointe
Park Crossing
Parkhill Manor
Ravenwood Place
Regency By The Lake
Riss Lake
River Ridge Farms
Santa Fe Hills
South Hampton
Staley Farms
The Pavilions of Leawood
Tiffany Greens
Tuscany Reserve
Villas at Parkside
Villas of St. Andrews
Wakefield Estates
Western Auto Lofts
Wilshire Farms
Windham Park
Windsor Hills
Woodland Creek
Woodland Reserve

Neighborhood Photo: New Favorite

Some neighborhoods just have unfair advantages – “Mt. Bonnell Shores / Colorado Crossing” in Austin, TX is one such neighborhood. Resident Carrell Grigsby was Austin’s PPA Photographer of the year in both 2004 and 2006 and snapped the shot below for their neighborhood website.

Mother and child playing in lake at sunset (C) Carrell Grigsby Photography

Below is a screenshot of the Mt. Bonnell Shores / Colorado Crossing sign in page where the above photo is featured:

View other cool neighborhood photos.

New Record: 16,000 registered homes on eNeighbors

I’m excited to announce that eNeighbors has reached a new milestone today – 16,000 homes are now registered to use our service across 85 neighborhoods. This means that there is at least one registered user (homeowner) in 16,000 homes in the neighborhoods that we serve. To put this in perspective, we’re getting close to filling Kemper Arena (Kansas City reference). Next, we’re gunning for Arrowhead Stadium.

From those 16,000 homes there are 17,728 registered users (some homes have multiple users).

In total, there are 31,191 homes that are currently eligible to use our service, which means that in aggregate, 51% of eligible homes are now registered.

Here are some of our best neighborhoods, in no particular order:

  1. Nottingham Forest South – 583 homes, 526 are registered, 649 residents registered
  2. Hampton Place – 462 homes, 345 are registered, 383 residents registered
  3. Communities of North Brook – 894 homes, 625 are registered, 681 residents registered
  4. Nottingham by the Green – 733 homes, 495 are registered, 567 residents registered
  5. Riss Lake – 728 homes, 561 are registered, 640 registered residents

I want to say thank you to my team for getting us to this point: Natasha Stock, Dan Stock, Shelly Stock, Phil Freund, and Kim Goings.