How did this couple go from developing a web site that they refer to as “literate smut” to one devoted to parenting? Note that they present 4 taboos – as you watch, can you think of others?
Why you should listen
Alisa Volkman co-founded Babble with her husband, Rufus Griscom, in December 2006, and has spent the past four years growing the site to attract more than 4 million parents a month. As VP of Sales Strategy and Brand Development, Volkman oversees design, influences product development, and creates and sells custom ad programs.
Griscom serves as Babble’s CEO. He was co-founder of the path breaking Nerve.com in 1997, as the website’s founding editor and CEO. In the decade that followed, Griscom grew Nerve Media into a profitable website and online dating business, in the process spinning off Spring Street Networks. He serves as an advisor to several New York-based internet companies. Volkman and Griscom have three sons, Declan, Grey and the brand-new Rye.
Babble.com publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit — and why they should. Funny and honest, for parents and nonparents alike.
Who are they
Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman co-founded Babble, a website for parents. He’s the CEO, she’s the VP of sales strategy and brand development, and they have three sons.
- What are the four taboo areas?
- Describe the practice that takes place in Southern India called Jholabahri.
- How does having a child affect one’s state of happiness?
- Describe how the speaker was helped by Dan Gilbert (if you are not yet familiar with Dan Gilbert take a moment to research one of his talks on Tedtalkspsychology.com)
- How do we have trade security and safety for happiness and transcended moments?
- Consider the Europe-Nepal analogy, have you ever started out one place and ended at another? What was your reaction and how did it change your understanding of the situation?