Director of Community at HealthStream
- Venice, California (Greater Los Angeles Area)
Shara Karasic's Overview
- Director of Community at HealthStream
- Head of Social & Product at Communik8t
- Co-Founder at CoderDojo LA
- Director, Social Strategy at Appolicious
- Social Media Manager & Product Manager, Community at Business.com
- Community Manager at Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
- Director of Community at Classroom Connect
- Internet trainer at Geekcorps
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
- Products with poetry
Shara Karasic's Experience
Director of Community
July 2014 – Present (3 months) Los Angeles
Director, Social Strategy
December 2009 – January 2012 (2 years 2 months)
Social Media Manager & Product Manager, Community
April 2006 – December 2009 (3 years 9 months)
February 2005 – March 2006 (1 year 2 months)
Director of Community
January 2000 – July 2003 (3 years 7 months) Brisbane, CA
Shara Karasic's Projects
- June 2013 to Present
Ecommerce site for high-end kids' party planning business Fire & Creme Kids. Shopify with custom design. Featured in MILK Magazine, Glamour, Daily Candy.
Team Members: Shara Karasic
- September 2012 to Present
Website for Michael Bay's commercial production agency.
Team Members: Shara Karasic
- August 2012 to Present
Website for commercial production agency The Candy Agency.
- November 2012 to Present
iPhone app that connects CoderDojos around the world. CoderDojo is a free coding club for kids.
- February 2013 to Present
Android app for SavingStar, a coupon app with over 1.5 million members.
Shara Karasic's Publications
- Small Biz Trends
- February 20, 2011
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.
- September 19, 2011
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.
- December 10, 2011
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.
Authors: Shara Karasic, Joe Rubin
- August 27, 2009
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.
- September 26, 2011
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.
- December 14, 2011
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.
- 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)
Shara Karasic's Skills & Expertise
- User Experience
- Social Media
- Interaction Design
- Mobile Marketing
- Online Communities
- Information Architecture
- App Discovery
- Mobile App Design
- App Search
- App Recommendations
- Mobile App Development
- Product Management
- iPhone development
- Community Sites
- Mobile Applications
- Content Strategy
- Community Building
- Mobile Devices
- Mobile Product Development
- iOS development
- Digital Strategy
- Digital Media
- User Experience Design
- Web Analytics
- Content Management
- Community Management
- Digital Marketing
- Online Advertising
- Mobile Internet
- Mobile Advertising
- Mobile Strategy
- Google Analytics
- User Interface Design
Shara Karasic's Education
Shara Karasic's Additional Information
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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