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Porter Gale is an internationally known public speaker and social media expert with over 20 years of experience working in marketing, advertising and independent filmmaking. Porter has been a speaker at numerous events including: The Economist Forum, AdAge Digital Forum, TedX La Jolla and more.

From 2007 to 2011, Porter was Vice President of Marketing at Virgin America. Prior to Virgin America, Porter was a consultant with a diverse array of clients. She also held the post of General Manager at Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners San Francisco. She was awarded the Changing The Game Award by AWNY, and was on the AdAge’s Digital Hotlist in 2011. Porter has a BSBA from Boston University and a Masters in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.

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Why Your Network Is Your Net Worth

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 11:18 AM

You invest in your money, but do you invest in your relationships? I've spent many nights thinking about money, worth and finances. I've plugged my assets and liabilities into online retirement calculators and dreamt about unexercised stock options in attempt to forecast my future worth. These types of exercises can...

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Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) -- The Power of Connection and Why This Young Woman 'Can't Stop Living'

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 12:07 PM

We met on Twitter. Liz had been following my posts for months and finally found the courage to reach out. Cyber friendships are common for me, but when I got her message, I wasn't sure what to do. We emailed. We chatted. We became virtual friends. I gave her advice...

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Making The Pitch: 5 Do's and Don'ts from Top Venture Capitalists

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 5:29 PM

Pitching takes practice, in the baseball leagues as well as the business leagues. I've been pitching and making speeches since I started working. At age 16, I stood behind a Godiva Chocolates counter pushing truffles and bon bons. I sold more Lion of Belgium goodies than the most seasoned salesperson....

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Making The Pitch: 5 Do's and Don'ts from Top Venture Capitalists

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 5:29 PM

Pitching takes practice, in the baseball leagues as well as the business leagues. I've been pitching and making speeches since I started working. At age 16, I stood behind a Godiva Chocolates counter pushing truffles and bon bons. I sold more Lion of Belgium goodies than the most seasoned salesperson....

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The Tofu Project: One Reason the Bay Area's Entrepreneurial Climate Is Thriving

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 9:17 AM

I'm sitting in Vegas thinking about the fascinating conversations I've had over the last several weeks in my hometown San Francisco. The city isn't just about Rice-a-Roni or cable cars, it's an environment filled with productivity, conversations and a start-up on every block. In just the last couple of weeks,...

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Can Social Media Save Amit Gupta?

(4) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 5:23 PM

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Earlier this week, I first learned about Amit Gupta and his story from a Twitter post. A friend of Emily Olson, co-founder of foodzie.com, sent me a tweet asking for help getting a Virgin America ticket donated for his friend who needs to...

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A Taste of Change: Why Getting a Slice of the Beverage Business Isn't so Crazy After All

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 3:52 PM

I sat in my new office, Rose's Cafe, on Union Street. My daily agenda included a meeting with Kara Goldin, the CEO of Hint Water--a company that launched in 2005. Several weeks ago, Fortune Magazine selected Kara as one of 2011's "Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs." As I sat...

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Making The Pitch: What A 20-Year Old Whiz Kid Did Right

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 11:33 AM

We've all heard that getting your foot in the door is more than just being at the "right place at the right time." But there are other factors people often neglect in the timing of business breakthroughs, especially when it comes to pitching. What's a big factor in landing your...

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10 Tips From 10 Top Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 1:25 PM

This is Part 2 in a series on entrepreneurialism and career changes by Porter Gale, Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America. Part 1 is here.

In the spirit of collaboration (and entrepreneurship), I sent a quick email out to my successful self-employed friends and asked, "What is...

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Is There A Recipe For Entrepreneurialism?

(3) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 4:03 PM

Some people thought I was crazy when I announced that I had resigned as Vice President of Marketing, at Virgin America. Others applauded and sent kudos. It's time to try something new. Crazy? Maybe, but as the phrase goes, "we only live once." So, all systems go.

My story begins...

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From Film To Facebook: The Evolution Of Snapping Travel Memories

(5) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 8:12 AM

I travel. A lot. While some people sit in traffic, I sit on runways so often that it's not uncommon for me to fly domestic at least six times a month, let alone fly international each month. This week, I was back on the runway again, headed to an airline...

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Thoughts From A Road Trip of Reflection

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 5:42 PM

After miles and miles of rocky dirt roads, the aromas of cut hay and lavender fill the air while couples do fancy footwork to the commands of a square dance caller with a Brooklyn accent.

"No running through the dance floor. Get that little kid a partner. A four-year-old...

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Serendipity In The Sky: Conversations With 4C

(6) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 4:30 PM

The thing I'll miss most when I leave my post as VP of Marketing at Virgin America — other than skipping the TSA line and our amazing teammates — is seat 4C. It's a great seat, designed with a sexy, leather seat cover, a power outlet and the best seat-back...

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