Shara Karasic

Shara Karasic

Director of Community at HealthStream

Location
Venice, California (Greater Los Angeles Area)
Industry
Internet

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Shara Karasic's Overview

Current
  • Director of Community at HealthStream
  • Head of Social & Product at Communik8t
  • Co-Founder at CoderDojo LA
Past
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Shara Karasic's Summary

Social product development + social content + community management + social media

Social done right from a holistic perspective across web and mobile.

Social strategy at Appolicious.com, an app discovery service for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Web and mobile user experience (UX), interaction design, product management and product development.

My community/social media/product management experience has spanned multiple industries: education, business/entrepreneur, non-profit, mobile, giving me a nuanced view of what will engage users. I embrace innovation and guiding companies into the interactive age.

Co-founder of CoderDojo LA (free coding club for kids) hosted at Google LA. I led social media for BarCamp Africa at Google, and produced a Frontline/World video for BarCamp Swaziland. I am a contributor to Designing Social Interfaces, a book published by O’Reilly Media and Yahoo! Press.

I love this stuff.

Specialties: - Mobile & social product design & management
- Mobile strategy, wireframes, roadmaps & marketing
- Mobile app search & discovery
- Social media, influencers, online communities
- Interaction design & user experience (UX)
- Content strategy
- HTML/XML/CSS/Xcode/Photoshop/OmniGraffle
- Products with poetry

Shara Karasic's Experience

Director of Community

HealthStream

July 2014Present (3 months) Los Angeles

Head of Social & Product

Communik8t

September 2012Present (2 years 1 month) Venice, CA

Co-Founder

CoderDojo LA

May 2012Present (2 years 5 months) Venice, CA

Director, Social Strategy

Appolicious

December 2009January 2012 (2 years 2 months)

Social Media Manager & Product Manager, Community

Business.com

April 2006December 2009 (3 years 9 months)

February 2005March 2006 (1 year 2 months)

Director of Community

Classroom Connect

January 2000July 2003 (3 years 7 months) Brisbane, CA

Internet trainer

Geekcorps

20012001 (less than a year) Accra, Ghana

Shara Karasic's Projects

  • Fire & Creme Kids

    • June 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Shara Karasic, Susie Karasic

    Ecommerce site for high-end kids' party planning business Fire & Creme Kids. Shopify with custom design. Featured in MILK Magazine, Glamour, Daily Candy.

  • The Institute

    • September 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Shara Karasic

    Website for Michael Bay's commercial production agency.

  • The Candy Agency

    • August 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Shara Karasic

    Website for commercial production agency The Candy Agency.

  • CoderDojo iPhone App

    • November 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Shara Karasic, Scott Parris

    iPhone app that connects CoderDojos around the world. CoderDojo is a free coding club for kids.

  • SavingStar Android App

    • February 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Shara Karasic, Troy Miles

    Android app for SavingStar, a coupon app with over 1.5 million members.

Shara Karasic's Publications

  • 50 Must-Have Small Business iPhone and iPad Apps

    • Small Biz Trends
    • February 20, 2011
    Authors: Shara Karasic

    The use of iPhones and iPads for SMB’s has exploded in areas from business travel to communication to productivity. The office has become truly mobile. Here are must-have apps for those running and operating businesses.

  • Top 20 Must-Have Educational iPhone & iPad Apps Used By Real Teachers in the Classroom

    • Appolicious
    • September 19, 2011
    Authors: Shara Karasic

    With the advent of the 2011/2012 school year, teachers who have access to mobile technology are scrambling to find the best education apps for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. Educators use apps for everything from communicating with students to inspiring creativity to dissecting virtual frogs. Luckily, we have lots of educators (including Apple Distinguished Educators) on Appolicious who share their lists of the best education apps for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school.

    These are the education apps most listed by educators on Appolicious.

  • Best iPhone apps for learning Mandarin Chinese

    • Appolicious
    • December 10, 2011
    Authors: Shara Karasic

    The iPhone is a perfect tool for studying Chinese. Learning the 5000 characters you need to be able to read the paper takes a lot of time and repetition, so load up your iPhone with these apps and make the most of your time standing in line by studying Mandarin. From Chinese dictionaries to flashcards to phrasebooks to Chinese character writing and Chinese language learning games, these Chinese apps will help you get to the next level.

  • Swaziland: The King and the Web

    • FRONTLINE/World
    • August 27, 2009
    Authors: Shara Karasic, Joe Rubin

    Last month, the latest in a series of Africa-focused "BarCamp" conferences, aimed at encouraging the proliferation of mobile and web technologies, was hosted in Swaziland. iWitness spoke over webcam with two of the participants -- a self-described geek who flew in from Los Angeles and a Swazi web and music entrepreneur -- to get their take.

  • Top 39 local public transportation iPhone apps recommended by city residents & visitors

    • Appolicious
    • September 26, 2011
    Authors: Shara Karasic

    Get around any city from New York City to San Francisco to Shanghai with these handy iPhone local transportation apps, which let you navigate subways, trains, and buses like a pro. No more craning your neck in a crowded subway trying to see the name of the stop, wondering when the bus will come, or standing on a rainy street corner trying in vain to hail a taxi. Whether you are commuting to work or sightseeing in a new city, make the journey from point A to B simple. These are the public transit apps most listed and reviewed on Appolicious by those in the know -- city residents and visitors.

  • Best iPhone social networking apps of 2011

    • Appolicious
    • December 14, 2011
    Authors: Shara Karasic

    This year was a hot year for social networking apps, with the launch of the Google+ app, Facebook Messenger and many other social apps that bring people together to share news, wisdom, answers, laughter and the best and worst of everything. Here are ten must-have iPhone social apps that launched or had a major update in 2011 that you definitely don’t want to miss.

  • CoderDojo iPhone App

    • Apple
    • November 25, 2012

    Get the latest CoderDojo news, tweets, images, best kids' coding resources, and locate the nearest CoderDojo. CoderDojo is a worldwide coding club fo kids. We're going to have the kids help us add cool stuff for future releases!

Shara Karasic's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Indonesian

    (Professional working proficiency)
  • Chinese

    (Elementary proficiency)

Shara Karasic's Skills & Expertise

  1. Mobile
  2. User Experience
  3. Social Media
  4. Interaction Design
  5. Mobile Marketing
  6. Online Communities
  7. Information Architecture
  8. App Discovery
  9. Mobile App Design
  10. App Search
  11. App Recommendations
  12. Mobile App Development
  13. Product Management
  14. Cross-cultural
  15. iPhone development
  16. Community Sites
  17. Mobile Applications
  18. Content Strategy
  19. Community Building
  20. Mobile Devices
  21. Startups
  22. Mobile Product Development
  23. Xcode
  24. iOS development
  25. Start-ups
  26. Digital Strategy
  27. Digital Media
  28. Strategy
  29. User Experience Design
  30. E-commerce
  31. Blogging
  32. Web Analytics
  33. Content Management
  34. Entrepreneurship
  35. Community Management
  36. Digital Marketing
  37. Marketing
  38. Online Advertising
  39. Wireframes
  40. Mobile Internet
  41. SEM
  42. iPhone
  43. SEO
  44. PPC
  45. Monetization
  46. Mobile Advertising
  47. Mobile Strategy
  48. Google Analytics
  49. User Interface Design
  50. WordPress

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Shara Karasic's Education

Tufts University

19851989

Shara Karasic's Additional Information

Websites:
Interests:

social strategy, social media, community, social design, UX, user experience, reputation systems, web and mobile product development and product management, app marketing, iPhone, iPad, Android, non-profits, ict4d, mobiles for social change, ghana, africa, barcamp africa, indonesian language, creative writing

Groups and Associations:

CoderDojo, No End, Geekcorps, Online Community Business Forum

Honors and Awards:

Online Community for Business Forum attendee, Sonoma 2007
Classroom Connect's Quest - Codie Award
Sparktop.org - Webby
Geekcorps volunteer, 2001
Cyberteens - NYTimes Best of the Web
Cyberteens - Macromedia Gallery
Cyberteens - GII Award

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