Success and Career Survival in Today’s Economy Require Internet Power

March 12, 2009

Internet Entrepreneurs, Inspired by Barack Obama, Embark on Educating America to Become Internet Power Users.

SAN DIEGO, March 12 /PRNewswire/ — Are you an Internet power user? Weekend University (WeekendU), a new educational institution teaching practical skills in one- and two-day weekend classes, today announced the launch of its first class. The course, “Internet Power – From Average User to Power User in One Day,” will be offered for the first time in April, educating adults on the emerging tools needed to succeed in today’s market.

This course and WeekendU overall, inspired by President Obama’s call for Americans to expand their education and skills, was created to give individuals the power to improve skills that impact their careers, businesses and daily life. In today’s marketplace, everyone – from entrepreneurs, middle management and entry-level information workers – needs every advantage to thrive, if not survive. Internet power users are more effective organizers, more powerful communicators and faster and more secure in daily tasks.

“Whether your goal is to grow your business, advance your career, or land a better job, power Internet skills will make you dramatically more effective and successful in the increasingly competitive digital economy,” says Shapiro, WeekendU cofounder and course presenter. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my ability to utilize the Internet to its full potential.”

In this intense one-day seminar, Shapiro will share the techniques, shortcuts and tools he uses daily in business and life that make him a power user. They include how to:

  • Use Google search differently to pinpoint detailed answers instantly on the web, without wading through pages of search results
  • Always be the first to know about industry and competitive news as soon as it hits, before one’s boss, co-workers and partners
  • Ask for, and receive, virtually instant help from tens of thousands of people using social networks, for referrals to a prospective customer, input on selecting a vendor, references on a partner and other daily business challenges
  • Immediately have an unfair advantage through information, speed and productivity over co-workers, competitors and even friends

Shapiro is founder and chief innovation officer of Veoh Networks, one of the largest online video services, with over 28 million monthly viewers. Prior to Veoh, He founded Akonix Systems, a company that helped corporations secure and manage Instant Messaging and P2P networks. Shapiro’s companies have raised over $100 million in capital from backers that include Time Warner, Intel, Adobe, Goldman Sachs and Michael Eisner (former head of Disney).

Details for the inaugural Weekend University class:

    What:  'Internet Power - Average User to Power User in One Day'
    Who:   Presented by Dmitry Shapiro, Internet pioneer and digital innovator
    When:  Saturday, April 18, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Where: Hotel Solamar - 435 Sixth Avenue, Downtown San Diego

In addition, WeekendU will present a free course preview and networking event on Monday, March 16, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at Hotel Solamar. Individuals can join Shapiro and other future power users to discuss how Internet Power can make a difference in their business and personal lives.

Visit www.weekendu.com for details and to sign up for both events, as well as information on upcoming classes in additional cities including Los Angeles and New York.

About Weekend University

Founded by two successful Internet pioneers and digital innovators, WeekendU is a new kind of educational institution focused on one- and two-day courses that deliver practical knowledge from experienced practitioners. Beginning with “Internet Power – From Average User to Power User in One Day,” each course is designed to provide students with real world skills they can use the next day in their professional and personal lives. WeekendU was inspired by recent calls for service and increased education, as well as the founders’ beliefs in the ability of critical skills to improve daily performance.

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