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    Kevin Dewalt

    Beijing, China

    Thomas is one of those rare people who is insightful, fun, and incredibly generous. He successfully applies Lean Startup practices to his own business and helps entrepreneurs worldwide do the same. I regularly refer entrepreneurs to read his fantastic blog and to contact him for help.

    He has helped build my company - and he can help you as well.
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    My girlfriend passed me a link of Thomas' blog and I was immediately hooked on what he had to say. So once I saw the link to have a skype chat, I was immediately up for it!

    I made an appointment with Thomas and sent him a short writeup of my challenges. Thomas patiently listened to me explain and that in itself took about 15 minutes! Nevertheless, after I completed my introduction, Thomas helped answer my questions.

    Not only were his points refreshing and new, it brought about a totally different point of view that I would have never considered on my own because no one has tested that out here. His sincerity in helping me also added a punch when he told me to be sincere in getting to build my community.

    Encouraged by his open and welcoming approach, I proceeded to ask more questions, prepared to be rejected. But guess what! Thomas helped me and answered my additional questions as well. I am truly grateful for having had a chat with Thomas. The best part? He didn't sell anything.


    All in all, I had a chat with thomas for about an hour and I have a definite plan to solve my challenges. And this is what a mentor is all about.

    If you are a starting out in a business and are stuck at some point, have some confusion, need some clarity, Thomas is the person to go to. It is an investment worth making immediately.

    Thank you Thomas. I'll keep in touch!

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    Laurent Roger, YEs ! Link with me

    My chat with Thomas help me to shape my presentation of www.yeslinkwith.me and find ways and tools to build my community around topics related to business contacts management. We exchanged also some useful links about Lean Startup, Effectuation and new exciting startups.

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    Aurangzeb "Zabe" Agha, San Francisco Bay Area

    It was great to have an opportunity to run my idea by Thomas for feedback. He was both candid in his view and also very open with the resources he had access to, openly willing to make introductions to others that might be interested in leveraging the new product I'm working on.

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    Shlomo Freund, China

    Understanding what Thomas does was really important for me, as I'm a community builder as well. Still, I think it needed a push and Thomas was the right person to speak with. He let me see my community on a broader scale and gave some great tips of how to grow it. Talk to Thomas if you want to grow your community!

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    Alexandre Bourlier, France

    To transition from meeting prospects into signing contracts, Thomas advised I shoudl find a common issue my prospects are facing, and show them how to resolve it in one go, be it by organizing a meeting, through a video, a newsletter. I believe I will be able to apply this to the letter.

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    Lydia Sugarman, San Francisco Bay Area

    Great conversation with Thomas helped me define a specific marketing strategy for blogpost topics. The suggestion to use the expanded Quora tools and Medium to build an audience is very valuable. We covered a lot of ground in 30 minutes. Very productive!

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    Gopi Mattel, San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks Thomas. the ideas about reaching out via Quora and other forums was very helpful. Regards

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    Sully, Boston

    Awesome guy. Honestly just wants to help out people and help connect the dots ;) I'm sending a few of my friends over to this guy, he's very resourceful and if you're half as happy as I was after the 30 minute skype sesh, you'll thank yourself for setting aside 30 mins.

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    Carrie Ballard, VESTRI OPTI

    Thomas helps us a lot by providing feedback on how well we are doing and how we can potentially improve. Did I mention he is absolutely great to talk with ?!

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    Sebastien, Paris

    I strongly advise you to take part of Thomas Collaborative Startup lessons. It helps a lot to launch and grow your startup idea.

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    Jenny, Never North

    My call with Thomas was incredibly useful. I was able to walk away with a few key tweaks to my strategy that I believe will have maximum impact on results. I'm happy I took the plunge and set up this call because the insights I had from our discussion will help me build a better and stronger community from day one. I highly recommend setting up a call with Thomas about your community.

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    S├ębastien Sacard, Lille Area, France

    Thomas great experience about communities and best practices enlightened the facts I knew about my community in a brand new way. I recommend talking to Thomas if you have the filling you have problems : he may show you that you actually don't !

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    sospeterson thagicu, sospeterson arts

    Indeed you have kick-started my blogging experience. I did thought i can get all these help for so soon, that right now i have confidence taking baby-steps in blogging. Thank you so much.

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    Harrison Lo, Greater Los Angeles Area

    Thomas was a helpful guy who obviously had great insights and knowledge on building communities. It was a pleasure talking to him.

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    New Svasti-Xuto, Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Thailand

    Thomas was incredibly helpful. Before talking to him I never thought about what an online communities can do to my business and my product. I run a business selling sweets use as gift for different occasion. I approach Thomas with a specific question on how to best harness voice of customer in my business facebook page. While, Thomas did not pinpoint the exact 1 "best" technique to do it, he gave me a thought pattern on how to think about using online communities to your advantage. What I take home from this call are two things. 1. People love to be heard. This makes the idea of co-creation more than possible for company who has an establish community. As a start-up, you should always tap in to this pool of customer advice. 2. Online engagement is create by a combination of "Push and Pull" activities. Push meaning you push in valuable message. Pull meaning you ask for feedback/interaction, allowing your community to feel that they are heard. I suggest anyone before launching or put serious effort in their online community to talk to Thomas beforehand. He is going to save you tons of time and offer you good thinking guidance on how to successfully engage with your fans.

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    Simon D, UK

    Thomas was extremely helpful in his advice! He gave specific ideas about creating a community I had not considered, along with creating a good user experience, and an overall launch strategy. I'm very grateful to him. Thank you Thomas! Simon

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    Ugo Nelson, London, United Kingdom

    As the app launch date approached, I became increasingly anxious about how to acquire users. Speaking to Thomas helped me take some things into consideration, and he provided some meaningful insight into how I can best reach the people that I needed to reach the most. Would recommend to anyone, anytime.

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    Nick, Worldwide

    This was my first time using SoHelpful and Thomas did not disappoint. Our call began promptly at its scheduled time and Thomas immediately began to provide feedback. 30+ minutes later, the call ended with me feeling better about my own course of action and Thomas having provided solid, tangible value. Many thanks to Thomas for his time. And, to those in need of advice or simply a "sounding board", I recommend having a call with Thomas.

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    Justin Wilcox, San Francisco Bay Area

    Thomas is fantastically helpful! He answered my questions about building a community thoughtfully, and practically. He's genuine, sincere and I can highly recommend a conversation with him.

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    Linda Walford, Vestri Opti, UK

    I recommend you speak to Thomas on all matters of a new startup - he has some great ideas.

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    Kelvin Kwok, Toronto, Canada Area

    Thomas is very resourceful when it comes to advices to curating a community. He has given me great advice on how to create an effective crowd and in turn it will serve me well when building my business. Definitely would recommend Thomas!

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    Vincent, KL

    Thanks Thomas for his great advice on growth hacking. Appreciate it very much. If you need help on your startup, I recommend you talking with Thomas.

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    Manuel Da Costa, Digital Tonic / Manchester

    Thomas was extremely helpful in providing a step by step action plan in order to improve engagement in my group. Not random theories or thoughts but a precise action plan. This shows that he is really a brilliant resource for anyone looking at answering their challenges on growing a community! Thanks Thomas

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    El┼╝bieta Bednarek, Shanghai City, China

    Running a startup, it is easy to forget about some of the basic startup principles in the day-to-day hassle. Thomas is a great person to talk to, when you feel your startup has got stuck and things are not moving forward as fast as they should. He always has good advice at hand and seems to know everything ;) Whatever is your problem, he'll help you find the way. Thanks Thomas!

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    Chiara Cokieng, NCR - National Capital Region, Philippines

    I knew I wanted to incorporate community into how I grow my business but didn't really know how. Everyone talks about community, you know? Thomas shared with me his insights and personal experienced which really helped me wrap my head around how to go about cultivating community in my business.

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    Ali Rushdan Tariq, Toronto

    Thomas was great in quickly and realistically giving multiple options in how to assess my startup's market potential and how to build one's credibility. He genuinely cares for your success. If you need any help in clarifying your focus, purpose and market segment, I'd recommend having a chat with Thomas!

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    Sharon , San Francisco

    The skype session with Thomas was very helpful in understanding the concept of collaborative communities and co-innovation. In addition to his help with the product-market fit research methodologies. Thank you!

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    Appu, Melbourne

    Thomas gave some specific advice in terms of which stakeholder group to target first and why. And also the ways in which you can interact with potential customers through forums, meetups and other channels. And on monitoring the effectiveness of your email newsletters. It was indeed a very helpful conversation.

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    Emeka Kanu, London

    Thomas was really good at providing examples of good ideas to help me in my project. He provided very useful insights and tips that I will be using and feeding back to him.

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    Ramzi, Sydney Australia

    Thomas listened to my Pitch and provided excellent feedback. He highlighted a few key areas that I should work on on and gave insights into other areas. I really appreciate the time and effort that was put by Thomas. If you need advice about start ups Thomas is the man to talk to!

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    Mike Fishbein, stpcollege.com

    Thomas gave me some great advice on the digital nomad lifestyle. He shared his personal stories and answered my questions. Thomas is a bright and personable entrepreneur. I recommend you speak with him!

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    Radenko, Banjaluka

    Thomas was very helpful to me. His logical tips guided me to right direction for solving my problems. I highly recommend Thomas for any kind startup problems.

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    Isaac Vigil, Hong Kong

    Thomas was really helpful, and made me realize what I should focus on and the best way to do it. Thanks for all the advice ! Isaac.

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    Todd Rosholt, Los Angeles

    Thomas is as generous with his time as it gets! If you need help building your startup or putting structure and process behind building a community, I highly recommend opening a conversation with him...