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More Women. Fewer Trolls. Better Internet [Traction #13: Sandi MacPherson]

November 16, 2015 · 2  min.

The NextView podcast Traction explores all the clever, creative, and atypical things entrepreneurs do to make initial progress against the odds. If startups should do things that “don’t scale,” then this podcast asks a simple question: What ARE those things? Past episodes include stories from founders of LinkedIn, DraftKings, General Assembly, Mattermark, Duck Duck GoInsightSquared, and more. Subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Stitcher

Sandi MacPherson, Founder of Quibb, a private community of tech tastemakers sharing professional content and discussions, tells the story of creating an application-only social network. She also shares her vision for an important project helping address the lack of women in tech: the 50/50 Pledge. In this episode, you’ll hear…

  1. The mission behind the great 50/50 Pledge (visit to learn more)
  2. How an application-only model for a social network affects your model and early traction (and why it’s CRUCIAL that Quibb use this model).
  3. How Sandi has been able to build a social network where thoughtful, meaningful, and human conversations actually happen in the comments. (Are we sure this is the internet?)

Follow Sandi @sandimac and apply to join Quibb at

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