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If you haven’t heard, today is National Donut Day! You can nosh a free donut or buy donuts for your office and family. Today, you can stop feeling guilty for indulging in a donut during the afternoon or evening. It’s allowed today. You can get free donuts today at Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and other local places. If you’re not sure, just ask. Or you can participate by buying your office some lip-smackingly good donuts and send a video greeting card letting everyone know they can help themselves.

National Donut Day didn’t start because we love donuts so much, we just had to have a special day for it. That’s why people celebrate it today, but that’s not the origin. It was actually started by the Chicago Salvation Army. It started in 1938 as a fundraiser to help families in need during the Great Depression. During World War I,  volunteers (donut lassies) fried donuts in the helmets and served them to soldiers. Soldiers then became known as “doughboys.” So to help needy families here on the home front, the Chicago Salvation Army used donuts to raise money and awareness of programs that help the needy.

You can learn more about the history of Donut Day and share some of this info in your video greeting card. It’s not too late to send on in honor of WWI veterans and those who help those who can’t help themselves.

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Father’s Day is June 16th.  Are you ready? We did something special for mom last month. Now it’s time to show dad we care about him too. He may tell you not to make a big fuss this year, but deep down, he wants to know he’s appreciated. You can do that by planning a special Father’s Day gathering.

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A day at the lake or a BBQ is just what dad wants. Instead of calling your family to invite them, opt for video invitations.  It’s a fun way to honor dad because you can customize it with last year’s videos and photos  in a unique, one of a kind invitation.  Add your event details, video or images, text, and music. Then email it to your family members and share it your social media accounts.

Guests can RSVP via Inwiter, making it easy to manage your event. You’ll know who is coming so you can plan accordingly. Start planning now and send your Father’s Day video invitation today so your guests have plenty of notice.

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Birthday became one of the most common events in every one’s life. When we think of a birthday, we tend to visualize balloons, candles, cake, food, beverages, flowers, gifts, restaurants, vacation spots and so and so forth. Irrespective of age, language, religion and geographical region across the world, in each country every day number of birthdays are being celebrated. Did you ever wonder about how many birthdays are being celebrated per day around the world?

Wiki answers took a good approach to estimate the number of birthdays celebrated per day. Take the world population and divide that by the number of days in a year and you get the number birthdays being celebrated. I would go one step further and bring the number bit closer to the reality by considering people who may not afford the celebration. As per World Bank Report around 1.22 billion people are living under poverty line in year 2010. If we do the simple math now, 7 billion is total population; around 1.3 billion may not be able to celebrate. It comes to 5.7 billion. Even if we take 70% of 5.7 it comes close to 4 billion. Approximately around 10,958,904 birthdays are being celebrated each day around the world. If we consider World Bank reports average life expectancy, each person could celebrate around 67 birthdays in his life.

Birthday, a beautiful life deserves to be celebrated with family and friends. What else can we do on a birthday, in addition to the cake, food, gifts and fun? We live in the world where we don’t have enough time to think or look back to see our achievements, journey and challenges. How about spending couple of hours or a day to review your social, personal and physical progress and could utilize birthday as a personal milestone every year. We can make it more casual and fun and can share and listen to other close friends and family. Here is the list we thought can be useful to review on or around birthday time.

Personal

  • A full length image – helps to compare from previous years
  • Height, weight , BMI and Foot Size (for Kids)
  • Medical, Dental appointments and other specialties if needed
  • Check the passport, driver’s license, visa expiration dates
  • Number of vacation days, countries and places visited previous year
  • Approximate number of books read
  • Number of movies watched in previous year
  • Comparison of BP, blood & urine test results
  • Life insurance and will validity
  • Days you spent with your kids alone
  • Days you spent with your spouse or fiancée alone

Social

  • Participation in charity associations or services which help community
  • Number of Facebook posts & Likes
  • Number of Tweets sent in an year
  • Number of new connections in LinkedIn

Professional

  • Certifications, Training, new subjects, technology learned in previous year
  • Carrier growth comparison from previous year
  • Performance review changes from previous year
  • Income & Salary changes from previous year

For your next birthday, create a personalized video invitation to invite your friends and family and have fun while using the birthday as a personal milestone.

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According to United States Census Bureau, in the year 2011 there are 16.1 million wartime veterans of the living 21.6 million heroes who served in wartime duty during a period of war.

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Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifices. If the Veteran you know is in the same city where you are living, make sure you visit and talk to them in person and Memorial Day is the perfect day to listen to them, learn from them and applaud for their memories and sacrifices.

Continue reading Salute wartime veterans with Video Greetings

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For any start-up one of the main challenges is, taking the idea into the reality, demo the product to the potential customers and running it by thought leaders. It is very important and vital for the founders to demo the prototype to the users, industry leaders and listening and changing when it is necessary. When we first thought of the idea of developing a platform which helps users to create Video Invitations and Video Greeting online in few minutes with event management capabilities, We started with our adviser Shashi Bellamkonda, Vice President, Digital Marketing at The Bozzuto Group, well known as “Social Media Swami” and an adjunct professor at George Town University. The very first advise from Shashi for us is to start attending Start-up communities and he personally took me to one of the Tech Cocktail events in DC.

Tech Cocktail helps the local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired. In the very first event itself, I had a chance to meet Timothy Chi Founder and CEO of www.weddingwire.com who explained the start-up entrepreneurs the challenges he went through and how he learned from users. It was a great learning experience for us and since then we are attending and staying connected to the start-up community. I personally like the after event “Cocktails” where we can share the pains and gains with fellow entrepreneurs, thought leaders and friends.

After couple of months passed, Inwiter’s Beta website was ready . Jen Consalvo was kind enough to provide us a space/stall to Demo our services. It was such a great learning experience and it really helped us a lot to change our User Interface and now the users are quite happy and we can see that with the feedback we are receiving on our new look and feel.

I am honored to have such a young and talented team and we all strongly believe in Aristotle’s saying “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” On behalf of the Inwiter’s team, I would like to thank our adviser Shashi and the Tech Cocktail for providing such a great service to start-up community.

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Today, one of the headlines caught my attention and made me think, “Angelina Jolie: Breasts Don’t Define Femininity”. Today’s news was really shocking to learn that Angelina went through a preventive double mastectomy. I am one of the billions of fans of Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and often cited as the world’s “most beautiful” woman. She is a very good actress in movies and incredible humanitarian with an open heart and as we all know she is truly emotional.

Today, she set another example of being a real hero and became an advocate for women’s preventive medicine. Obviously because the message is from Angelina, the message goes so far and gives lots of courage and inspiration to everyone who is suffering from breast cancer. She also mentioned Brad Pitt and his services and support during the surgery through which she informed the world about Breast Cancer and the importance of family support during the treatment. While taking the treatment she attended the UN conference and other humanitarian activities. I have created the below Video Greeting using Inwiter as a tribute and to take part to spread the message across.

I Would like to share the below-touching messages from Angelina, which really implied You can be a normal woman without natural breasts. You can be a normal woman with no breasts at all.

“On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

Angelina, You did it again. You are the most beautiful and brave woman living. Thank you for sharing your experiences and for being the advocate of preventive medicine for the millions of people who are suffering.

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The number of smartphones in use in the third quarter of 2012 totaled 1.03 billion, a 47 percent increase from third quarter 2011. It has taken the smartphone industry 16 years to top the 1 billion mark. According to Bloomberg Industries , By 2015, the smart phone numbers will double to 2 billion and the smartphone market in 2011 was estimated to be worth $219 billion.

If we take the above estimates further, It looks like in 6 to 7 years from now most of the phones will be smart phones. Number of companies will start producing smart phones and cost will go down. What happens if every one starts using Smart Phones? Well, we all know how convenient it is. If this becomes a reality, how many gadgets we buy today will become antiquated? Continue reading What happens If every one starts using Smart Phones?

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Dr. James McQuivey of Forrester Research says, a minute of video is worth 1.8 million words. Initially when I read this, I couldn’t believe it. But after I did a simple math with average video frame rate (24 to 30 images per sec) with the saying “one image is worth 1000 words”, it is coming to around 1.8 million words. It is very true and it’s just amazing to see the evolution of online video usage in the last decade.

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This week is more than just Teacher Appreciation week. It’s also National Nurses Appreciation Week. Nurses are the first responders. They see us first when we’re sick and they provide us with care daily.

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I instantly think of the wonderful nurses who cared for me when I had my son. They were fabulous! And since I saw the same ones everyday, I felt more comfortable with the level of care I received. It’s life changing situations like a birth, a serious illness, a surgery–that really makes us appreciate the nursing community. Continue reading Video Greetings for Nurses Appreciation Week

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Teacher-appreciation-greetingsThis is a very special week for a very special profession! May 6-10th is Teacher Appreciation Week. We spend the majority of our lives in school. From K-12 and then on to college, teachers play a special role in our lives. They do more than just teach us academic subjects. They help shape who we are.

While I’m working on my doctorate, I look back on my academic career and can tell you exactly which teachers helped shape me. If you’re like me and really, truly appreciate your teacher–tell them! And you can do that with video greeting cards from Inwiter.

You can start with pictures. If you have a picture with you and this very special teacher, upload it to Inwiter. Maybe you worked really hard on a project and you have pictures from it. Take a screenshot of a PowerPoint slide you worked on and convert it to a jpg and use it in your video greeting card.

Once you have all your photos uploaded, add a message of appreciation, and even a song. Then email your teacher the video greeting card. It’s that easy to show you care.

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