Growing up in the era of digital media, BuiltWorlds was about two way communications from the very beginning. People found us online, not only because they wanted to learn with us, but also because they wanted to share, learn from each other, and get to know one another.
BuiltWorlds quickly became a community, and that is how our network membership model evolved. Our goal has always been to work with our community to create a high integrity and high value place where leading professionals from all corners of the industry and around the world can meet each other, learn from one another, and even do business with one another.
We have learned over years, that earning and keeping our community’s trust while delivering on this goal requires a delicate balance. Here are answers to some questions about how we maintain that balance.
- If I am Not a Member, Can I Still Speak At BuiltWorlds?
- Absolutely! We look far and wide to bring the most interesting and compelling speakers to our analyst calls, conferences, and other programming. You don’t have to be a member, and you definitely don’t have to be a sponsor. All you have to do is apply – BuiltWorlds Speaker Application.
- If I do Become a Member, Do I Get to Speak on a Call or at an Event?
- Our first priority is helping our members learn. However, BuiltWorlds is a network, and our members are industry professionals who often have significant areas of expertise. They also appreciate meeting the other members – if they are properly introduced. So, while we never guarantee speaking opportunities, we are always looking for opportunities to help our members get to know each other in a way that they learn from each other at the same time.
- Our company produces great thought leadership. Can we share it on BuiltWorlds?
- Yes! Our writing is strictly our own, and we work hard to ensure that every word of it brings value to our members. However, our members are some of the industry’s most compelling thought leaders, and we can’t cover everything. So, we’ve created a Verified Contributor Program to provide a curated way for our members to share their own thought leadership – under the contributor banner. Members can also post news about their companies on their company pages as another way to share.
- Is There Anything We Can Sponsor at BuiltWorlds?
- Yes! We love our sponsors. We just love our members more. To ensure members learn the most they can and get the best connections they can get without the confusing noise and annoying distractions that sometimes come from sponsorships, we are currently limiting those opportunities to our major conferences and events where we can create clear and discreet opportunities that we find work well for companies that want to align their brands with BuiltWorlds and also for our members. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, reach out to email@example.com
- How Much Does it Cost To Present at Demo Day?
- It is free! Our Venture Forum picks presenters at Demo Day, and, we don’t require presenters to pay. Aspiring presenters for public and private demo days, can apply here – Corporate Venture Forum. If companies want to post out their deals on our deal board, build out their company pages, etc, they do need to be members for that.
- What About Top Lists? Are Those “Pay to Play?”
- Again, there is no cost to be on a top list. We feature member companies and non member companies, alike on our lists because they are meant to further learning for our community. We are also increasingly populating our top lists based on the solutions cited by our members via our BuiltWorlds Benchmarking Program. We do link member listings to company pages where members can post promotional content about their companies, though.
- How Else Does BuiltWorlds Help Us Meet the Other Members?
- As people say about college, BuiltWorlds is very much a place where, once you become a member, you get out what you put in. Members can populate their company directory pages with rich content and resources to help other members – and also non members – learn about them. They also can create their individual profiles with photos and bios in the member directory, and see those thumbnails show up in the directory as well as with every event they attend, place they speak, forum they join, place they post, a piece of content they contribute. We love introducing members to members, and staying active within the network is the most organic way to help us make that happen.
- Will You Introduce Us to the Members We Want to Meet?
- We are pretty respectful of giving our members control over who they meet. Any member can request to connect with any other member via the directory. Typically, if you just spoken or otherwise met via a live or digital event, or contribute thought leadership, that creates a good opportunity for people to follow up and connect. We are much more likely to find the right opportunity to get you into the same room or into the mind of someone you want to meet, and then from there, it is up to you and them to follow up.
- Can We Get the List of Who is Coming to an Event or on a Call, or Attended an Event or Call?
- Yes! We always want to help our members connect, and so we generally make it easy to see which members are participating in or have participated in both live and digital events. So, you can always click through their profiles, learn more about them, and connect with them. However, we do not provide email lists, or emails or phone numbers of our members to other members or sponsors without prior permission from the members.
- Why Can’t We Just Go to One Conference, Attend One Analyst Call, or Download One Report?
- Our vision for BuiltWorlds is for it truly to be a community where our members have the opportunity to get to know one another and also explore and learn about our topics of inquiry together. Transactional and transitory participants are detrimental to that experience. That said, once you join, you can pretty much take advantage of as much as you want for one low price.
- Why do we have to pay for a membership when so much content and so many webinars online are free?
- Because We Want it Clear That the Members Are Our Customers and our Focus. Asking all members to pay in a little bit to support the overall network is the best way to ensure the integrity of the network and to support our mission of consistent, quality learning and networking. As the saying goes, “if you aren’t paying, you are the product, not the customer,” and we never want that to be the case with our members.
For more information on learning and sharing opportunities with BuiltWorlds, take a look at the BuiltWorlds Network page. You can also find membership options there. If you’d like to join, we would be glad to add you to the network. You can also reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have more questions. We’d love to help you get engaged.