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Canadian Tara Hunt - Expat to Repat

Canadian Tara Hunt - Expat to Repat

Sean Mitton, Canadian Expat Network
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Tara Hunt has returned to Canada and is pleased to be in Montreal, a wonderful cultural city. The Saskatchewan native and University of Calgary Alum, is a successful author, speaker, entrepreneur, blogger and tweeter. In 2009, she was named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company Magazine.

Hunt has been busy on the speaker circuit attending many social media conferences, as well as talking to companies who want to better understand the complexities of social media. Her career really took off when she was drafted to come to a startup company in San Francisco in 2005. "I was working for a company in Toronto and social media was in its early stages. Working in San Francisco really pushed me forward in my thinking and in the potential of social media," Hunt comments.

Her book, published in 2009, "The Whuffie Factor", articulates her perspective of looking at social media as social capital. "Some of the principles include start listening, become part of the community you serve, give your customers an amazing customer service, embrace the chaos and find your higher purpose. It's a new currency," Hunt states.

Hunt found early in her career she gave a number of things away for free to help build her reputation. Today, she has over 30,000 followers on twitter and prepares for a startup venture that may be announced in the first half of this year. "There's a gap between Human values and Business values which we'll look to address," Hunt challenges.

"The transition back to Canada has been great. There are a lot of bright and innovative people here," Hunt states.

Hunt brings back new experiences, knowledge and a greater network. I'm sure Canada's pleased to welcome her back.

You can follow Tara Hunt on Twitter

Read her blog HorsePigCow

Read her entry on leaving San Francisco.

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