I love short weeks! Nothing better than the feeling of thinking it’s Thursday only to discover it’s Friday.

There is a lot going on in the digital world. From Groupon getting ready for their IPO and Google launching +1 to LinkedIn going public and Twitter introducing their follow button and photo sharing, it’s been a busy June!

Anyone have the feeling we’re repeating history? Say 11 years ago? The bubble sure feels like it’s about to pop.

In the meantime, everyone is climbing aboard the train in the hopes of making a little money. Money that seems to be growing on trees in a tight economy.

This week’s Gin and Topics is about using new digital and raising some money. Maybe this will help you get your own money tree.

5. How to Use the New Twitter and Google Buttons. Not convinced you should use either of the new buttons? This article gives you three reasons to use them and to use them well.

4. How to Get Noticed By Venture Capital. (Hint: Go social.) Lightbank is a Chicago-based firm focused on early-stage technology companies. Its founders, Eric Lefkovsky and Brad Keywell, are invested heavily in Groupon. The newest Lightbank partner talks about how to get noticed, if you’re thinking about raising some cash.

3. Putting Your VC Money to Work. Now that you’ve grown your own money tree, this article talks about what to do with the cash. It’s easy to make decisions when you’re tight on cash. When you’re flux with cash, suddenly decisions become a lot more difficult.

2. Twitter CEO Says 80 Percent of Advertisers Renew. Maybe there is some sanity in the midst of this bubble burst. Twitter says they’re not going to have to depend on an IPO to grow. That’s fantastic! Now if they’d figure out how to make money instead of constantly acquiring businesses, they might actually have something.

1. The Melt. OK. This doesn’t have anything to do with Twitter, Google, or growing your own money tree, but it’s such a good idea! Flip inventor sells to Cisco who decides to give the camera an early grave so he goes and invents…grilled cheese?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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