#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepreneurs across the world was born


Celebrating 14 years 1998-2012


Ok, cast yourself back to 1998. What were you doing 14 years ago?

Have you changed your business, spouse, business partner or country?

How much have you innovated and adapted to the new world that is remarkably different to 1998?

How many people in your network then still matter to you and you to them?

Today, Thomas and I celebrate Ecademy's 14th Birthday with you. On the 7th February 1998 we chatted through the needs of business owners and networkers within the context of the Internet market at that time and decided to create a community to serve their needs. To help them to innovate, advance their tech skills, find new business and find new collaborative opportunities. Critical to our vision was the desire to create a family feel and a real community. As you know the word LOVE is important to us. i9n 1998 we could feel that the 'entrepreneurs' and the sole trader was going to become critical to survival, clearly the Internet was going to create havoc and at the same time create new hope and opportunities.

Over these 14 years Ecademy's growth been so steady, no huge spikes, like a real family or community it has grown at people speed not 'investor speed'. The best thing is that people say to us "wow, you are still here' still providing a home for us all when we need it'.

There is no doubt in my mind that the journey of Ecademy has been an enormous challenge, we thought having 3 children would be hard work! But like our kids this has been the most amazing experience for us. A real family all over the world that has grown up together, shared problems, pains, joys, losses and gains.

Like our children, sometimes we (the collective we) don't hear from our members until they are hurting, that call or email or message that asks you advise and asks if you know anyone that can help them. At those moments the member is close to the community again, they re-energize, re-fuel and then go off again into the wilderness! Over 14 years we have seen many come, go and come back again.

Often I get asked 'is the Internet bringing people closer or isolating them more', my answer is 'that is up to you', it is up to you how you use the amazing connecting tools we have at our finger tips. My observation is that those who use is to engage and build business friendships may sometimes be alone, but they are never lonely. (just look at these Blogs that discuss 'loneliness -or not' on Ecademy).

Sometimes we take for granted the people right on our doorstep, help could be inside our family maybe in our close network and yet we seek new people and new thoughts. So often the solution, ideas and real unconditional love comes from those we could call, email, message or meet up with that have known us for years. The Internet creates for us all an opportunity to build the most phenomenal Social Capital, a type of capital that grows in momentum providing we feed, respect and value it, providing we truly connect and get to know, like and believe in one another.

This time of year always causes Thomas and I to reflect and this year we want to thank everyone for their loyalty and belief in Ecademy. Today we are celebrating lunch at a wonderful Private Business Club called Adam Street in London with many of them. 14 years is a long time, in a life cycle of a product we have been through many cycles. FaceBook is about to celebrate its 8th Birthday! How much change has happened even since then, yet we have been loving and sharing and supporting one another for 6 years before FaceBook (is that like 06BC or 06BF)

Thomas and I are heading toward our 50's now, with older children and different worries when we started we were babies of 33 with toddlers and babies ourselves, many of you have seen many of us grow, mature and learn, that is just so gorgeous, what a journey we have been on together. So many people have grown up with us, been our coach and mentors and allowed us to be theres.

Ecademy is very special, because of the people in it, this day belongs to the community and we love being part of it.

Happy Birthday Ecademy, your tenacity and care is what we all need in this world of change

Through Ecademy we just want to be your life-long friend, growing old together, sharing stories and knowledge on the Blogs and trusting each other with our dreams and fears. A constant place to call your 'Internet home', where 'everyone knows your name'!

Remember this?



Finally, if you can join us to celebrate more on the evening of the 25th February we would love to see you after the KPI Event I am speaking at to help you 'Become a Key Person of Influence', we will be back at Adam Street for drinks at 6pm.

with love


Penny Power
Founder of Ecademy and Digital Youth Academy
Helping you build social capital in your business and life


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Mohammad Bin Lamin

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

HappyBirthdayEcademy!! Mohammad Bin Lamin

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Jackie Northedge

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Penny and Thomas, Congratulations for a wonderful belated birthday. Heres to many more years of success Kind regards Jackie

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Sadiq Nathani

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Dear Penny, Thomas, A very Happy Belated Birthday to Ecademy! So many great people from all over the world all on one online community... Amazing isn't it :) Wish Ecademy & both of you all the very best. Best Wishes, Sadiq

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Birgit Speer

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Belated happy birthday, Ecademy! Congratulations, Penny and Thomas!

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Ajmal Ahmed

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Waw! I was not aware of it !! Really? As it is my Birthday too on the same day :-) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the whole team of Ecademy.

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James Hadley

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday indeed. This time in 1998 I think I'd just sent off my UCAS form and was living for the weekend; drunken Friday nights and Rugby on a Saturday!! Whatever, I didn't think I'd be doing anything like what I'm doing and didn't know I'd be so happy. Wishing you every success. James

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Tina Jonasen

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Sooo embarrassed - have been off my office computer - and totally forgot :-( (for some reason I cant get my new MacBook to synchronize :-0) BIIIIG WARM congrats to my home network with its 14 years of community building!!! What would we do without you ?? Looking just as much forward to the next 14 years with my network family - and especially Penny and Thomas, who build this, and who are keeping the spirit at a level which makes it my drug ;-) L&R Tina

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sohing cai

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

too late but ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ECADEMY !!!

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Ben Fernandez

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday indeed, fourteen years can fly by. I can only imagine the hours you must have put in to build Ecademy, but certainly worthwhile. Congratulations.

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Dr. Salim Qureshi

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy. You are Enriching the Souls of Global Business Community.

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Nicholas Haines

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

There is nothing like arriving late and realising you have missed someone's Birthday! Doesn't that make you feel so bad. Happy Birthday Ecademy and thanks also to Penny and Thomas and everyone behind the scene for all the hard work to get Ecademy well into the teenage years. I guess there have been plenty of tantrums.... Nick

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Ron Wohlfarth

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday to you... Happy Birthday to you... Happy Birthday to yooooou...

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Nader Ale Ebrahim

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday

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Konrad Fischer

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Late, but perhaps not too late: Congrats & Best wishes!

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Ian Hornblow

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Happy Ecadaday

All the best Penny and Thomas XX

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moon sang hoon

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulation gives a birthday with sincerity. Be healthy.

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soni rastogi

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

happy birthday E-Academy!! We undertake Project management consultany and training for • PM Tools • PMO Setup • PMO Augmentation Reach us at msproject@yahoo.com / Soni

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Elio Assuncao

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday ECademy :)

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annamarie marrier dunienville

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Sorry I am late, have been out of touch a bit lately, but a very Happy Birthday Ecademy, may you grow stronger, bigger and is it possible to get better? Well done on this great achievement Regards Annamarie

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Constanze Hoffmann

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday Ecademy!! For the future I wish success and a lot of happiness Kindest regards Constanze

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Fraser Hay

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

In light of the special occasion, a poem - Thank you to Ecademy, I visit every other day Don't say a word, you already have In your own special way Thank you to my peers, to each and every one of you Thank you for your input and seeing it from a different point of view Thank you for the gift to question, to reflect and to ponder Its only when we take time out We really appreciate the wonder Thank you for the daily lessons, the challenges and the fun Thank you each and every single one of you for my work is far from done. Challenges and Obstacles, they help us in our plight For opportunities are hidden everywhere… Often visible with hindsight. Critics come, and critics go But we should stop and ask, why they think it so In to our daily lives they do appear We should spend more time listening but many choose not to hear We are all a fish in a pond of size Sometimes it grows before our eyes But we can grow ourselves from the lessons learned Why do some still choose to swim against the current? But first catch your breathe, to get in your flow One deep breathe and let it go Energy doesn't start nor stop that is the norm It merely changes in its form Stop counting and measuring, comparing the contrast Let your hair down, and have a blast Be true to yourself and have the right attitude For its starts with yourself and paying gratitude. Forgive and forget, and wipe the slate clean Unburden your heart, you know what I mean Be thankful and greatful for all the lessons you've learned Be supportive and helpful to all those concerned. Stop and reflect on how you have grown And be thankful for the errors that many have shown. The next chapter in your life is about to arrive Its time to embrace it with passion and drive Thank and forgive and acknowledge the few that have helped you in your growth and to become the new you. Onwards and Upwards F x

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Sugandha Iyer

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY "ECADEMY". NICE TO BE HERE AS A PART OF ECADEMY, WISHING ALL THE VERY BEST FOR THE FURTHER JOURNEY. GREAT TO MEET ALL OF YOU HERE.

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Frans Vos / Materials Consult

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

A very very very Happy Birthday to Ecademy and my congratulations to its founders for the great job they've done and still do !!! Sincerely yours, Frans Vos Founder and General Manager of Materials Consult

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Stephanie Gleichsner

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

A very happy birthday to everyone in Ecademy!! Congrats on a successful networking site and thank you for helping your members connect!! Best, Stephanie www.SGleichsner.com

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Leesa Daymond

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy - Thomas and Penny and your beautiful family, Thank You for what you have given us, what you have created and continue to facilitate and promote is absolutely beautiful - the tribe of Ecademy is a constant source of inspiration and magic - love really does conquer all doesn't it? Bless you Xx Many Happy Returns!!

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Selchouk Sami

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy!!! You have taught me and inspired me many many thanks :) All the best Selchouk

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N Bhashyam

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Very happy birthday Ecademy .. a very prosperous, growing and ever expanding coverage awaits our Ecademy... N Bhashyam

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Richard J Francis

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Great event yesterday - good balance of clout and accessibility. Ecademy is growing up - and I felt more comfortable at yesterday's event than I had at any other. Thanks for organising and thanks to Adam St for the food!

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Alessio Ferraioli

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

maybe too late but ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ECADEMY !!! ... and thanks to Penny Power for sharing a so nice story! Wish you all there having a wonderful time! Regards Alessio Ferraioli

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Kate Baker

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday!! Here's wishing Ecademy, and all of us who are part of it, the very best for 2012 and the future. Kate Baker

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Jean-François Rademakers

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy & congratulations for the work done over the past 14 years. Human wise, you are now entering adulthood, so things should only get better from here ! I sincerely wish you all the best for the future. JF Rademakers

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Maria del Pilar Diez Calderon

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Party, party time

Celebration.

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Deb Lundin

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

I'm new to Ecademy, so still learning the ropes. Happy Birthday!

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Frank Seidelmeier

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy !!!

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Humayun Khan

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

I wish my beloved Ecademy a happy birthday and a healthy journy towards the futurity - greetings to Penny and Thomas.

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Yoyo Wang

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Happy Birthday Ecademy!

Happy Birthday Ecademy,and hope everything goes well with Penny and Thomas! I am new here,but i hope i would be with all of you in long time the future. Say hello to everybody !

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Genny Cardoso

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy, i wish you all the best.

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Laurence Lowne

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

When I joined Ecademy in March 2003, I had no great expectations about what I would achieve. It was quite novel, and a new experience for me to be networking online, since all my previous forays had been face to face. I like to think I have matured with Ecademy, I have certainly learnt lots down the years, made some new friends, acquired customers and business partners, but very importantly found a place where I can kick off my shoes and relax amongst good company. Yesterday's bash sort of summed that up in one go, it has been a Dickens of an adventure. Thank you to Thomas, Penny, Julian, John B and Glenn for making it so, and now Daniel Priestley has to carry the torch to take Ecademy to its next level, as opportunities arise through new assoiations. Laurence

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Naveed Hafeez

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday to you.. long life and stay happy.. best community

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Bob Jones

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday tooo yoouuu,.. Happy Birthday tooo yoouuu... Happy Birthday Dear Ecademy, Happy Birthday tooo yooouuuuu...... Ecademy is a very special place, Happy Birthday!

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Jairo Cifuentes

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy 14th Birthday!!!

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Umesh Pandit

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy! Umesh

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Sanjay Suryawanshi

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

A very Happy Birthday! - Though a belated one.

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Juan Guzman Romana

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy to integrate the family of Ecademy. With Ecademy got great friends around the world!

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Diane Handes

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy! Diane and Kevin

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Neil Davidson

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy I have only been a member for a short space of time but have greatly enjoyed the discussions that i have been involved in. Thanks Joel

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Gene Hue

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday to Ecademy

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Andrea Gold

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday to Penny and Thomas and the global community, and to being creative and forward thinking by creating Ecademy! Andrea Gold Gold Stars Speakers Bureau Tucson, AZ USA www.goldstars.com

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C. Michael Croston

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Thomas, Penny, and all Ecademy-ites, Happy Birthday! Though I haven't been associated long I feel a deep affection for the organization. Social media has changed my life, and "E" is at the forefront of being THE example of what a networking outfit is to be like. As time progresses I hope to be able to make more of a contribution to the progressive ORS approach that is forefront at Ecadamy! CHEERS and HAPPY BIRTHDAY ECADEMY!!! ~ C. Michael Croston

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Roy Law

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

MHR

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Nadia Sylvester

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday!!!!! From NSP Coaching www.nadiasylvester.co.uk

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Michael Hargreaves

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations! You have survived the dot.com crash and a global financial crisis.

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Samjhana Moon

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Lovely meeting you in 2011 Penny you are truly an inspirational lady. Wishing Ecademy a very happy birthday and many many more. Peace and Blessings Samjhana x

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Marc Shaffer

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Have been a member for over 4 years and have enjoyed the experience, contacts and friends made in that time. While much of the membership is out of country and out of business range for us, it has been a great networking experience and a learning experience for us, Thank you eCademy and a very happy birthday to you... -Marc

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Alan Stevens

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Many congratulations on your 14th birthday. I tried to congratulate Thomas in the Strand this afternoon, but alas, I wasn't on his radar. Many congrats on being still around. There aren't many left from that era, and very few older than Ecademy. Best wishes Alan

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JOHN MORRIS

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Wishing you all at ecademy a happy birthday, and much success and happiness for the next 14 years Regards John Morris

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Ratan Samuel

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy!!!!! Heres wishing many more successful years ahead!

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Graham Whittaker

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Good to share ecademy birthday. Our company, Carlisle Legal Costing is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, so lets all celebrate together.

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Stuart McRae

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Well done Penny, Thomas and everyone else that helped them to make it happen - it was visionary when it started, and it's been quite a journey since. I am lost in admiration for what you have achieved. Enjoy the celebrations.

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Neshad Asllani

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday, you are doing a great work.

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Ford Contemporary

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday! I just joined today! So it is great to share this day with you! Thanks!

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Laszlo Csiky

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

HappyBirthdayEcademy

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sushil rajput

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy

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Shelley Fishel

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy, Penny and Thomas In 1998 I had just started my first job as an IT Trainer, joining the computer age. So much has changed since then. Now I could not imagine being without the internet and this comment is proof as I am away on holiday and able to log on and see what is happening in my online community no matter where I am . I have loved being part of Ecademy since 2008 and will continue to be part of this phenomenal community. I have met some wonderful people who have given me oodles of help and advice and I hope that I have contributed to them as well. Well done to you both on your wonderful vision and the tenacity to make it a reality!! Cheers!

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William Baginsky

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday Ecademy. To the next 14 years! William Baginsky

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Zeina Shbaklo

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Dear Penny , Happy birthday Ecademy . Wish you more and more success ! ! Nice song every body knows your name Yes everybody knows our name through social media , internet and Ecademy We are known worldwide .... Have a nice evening Zeina Shbaklo http://www.entrepreneur16.com/

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Zahir shamsery

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday. Zahir shamsery, Dhaka,Bangladesh.

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Penny Power

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Wow, amazing comments and I have read each one diligently, thank you so much for taking the time to say hi here Big thank you to my mother in law, Thomas' mum, who has commented here, what an amazing lady she is, an inspiration to us all to keep leanring and connecting even in your 80's. What a role model for me (and she is a great cook!)

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Claudia Kuzma

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Oh Happy Day and many more for Ecademy! I've enjoyed being part of this special social network. All my best---Claudia Kuzma

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Enrico Mckree

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congrats to the Ecademy Team and everyone . HAPPY BIRTHHDAY

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Richard White

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday Ecademy! 14 years ago I was becoming the Accidental Salesman! What I am wondering is what exciting market leading stuff are you and Thomas up to these days that we will be remarking on when we look back in 14 years time? Best wishes Richard

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Terry Tierney

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Penny and Thomas, Happy 14th birthday to the great Ecademy team. Thinking of the 2012 London Olympics you deserve an Innovation gold medal for bringing a unique concept to reality that continues to have a positive impact on a global audience. Looking forward to your next visit to Chicago. Terry

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Clive Sims

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

14 years is good going! Happy Birthday Ecademy.

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Heather Baggaley

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday. Great achievements have been made in the 14 years. Let's hope you make more great strides. Heather Baggaley

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Jamie Roy

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy Great post Penny and I hope 2012 is off to a flying start. What an awesome achievement. I remember back to 1998 and I could hardly turn a computer on (as you know us south island Kiwis are a little bit backward). There is absolute no doubt You, Thomas and the Ecademy network has changed the way I see the world. For that I will always be so thankful. Celebrate in style Jamie

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Dave Clarke

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy 14th Birthday Ecademy & congratulations to you, Penny, and Thomas for your determination. Enjoy the celebrations. In 1998 I was running an Internet Service Provider so, although in a different way, am still in the business of connecting people.

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David Pitcher

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations Ecademy being 14 today. More to the point very well done Penny and Thomas for starting this amazing venture and steering it to where and what it is today. I am fairly new to things here and am so very pleased I joined. Thank you David

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Elinor Palm

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birtday to you with a ROSe full of music and wishes for a successful new year to everyone

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Mick Say

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! Celebrate with a Pizza

Hi all Happy birthday Ecademy... I made this terrible video 2 years ago and whilst a few things have changed - Ecademy is still my favorite online community - here's to another 14 years... Happy birthday ecademy,,,,

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Mark Perl

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

In the transient world of the internet, 14 years of steady growth, beautifully and aptly described as being like that of a family, is a milestone indeed. The body of videos and knowledge sharing you have already amassed speaks volumes of your 'intention' and I truly wish you a long and prosperous future Enjoy your celebrations Mark

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Kevin Loberg

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Penny, Happy birthday to you & Thomas, and everyone @ Ecademy. In the world each of us share today, I cannot thank you enough for creating, and keeping, your vision & desire of creating a family feel and real community where LOVE is important to all. All businesses (and all social media sites) need this and you, are a wonderful, radiant beacon for all. Your light clearly shines brightly across the pond here in North America! William described it best. Home. "There's no place like home" Love to all, Kevin

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David Holroyd-Doveton

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Thank you Penny and Thomas for a great afternoon spent with both of you at Ecademy's 14 Birthday. What a great venue, fantastic food and superb company. You could see from the fantastic reception that you received that you are both loved and held with the highest regard by everyone. Thank you, thank you an have a great evening. David

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Barbara Williams

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy 14 years + still growing Best wishes from all @BeMyVA

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Monique Klaui

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy! May Ecademy grow to more success in the coming years! :) Congratulations Penny & Thomas!

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Joaquim Mutim

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy congratulations everyone! more more years to come!

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John Palmer

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy 14th Birthday Ecademy Well done to Penny & Thomas for sticking with it! ;-) Cheers! John Palmer

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Jean Flower

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Many Happy Returns and I hope the same amount of happy memories . My interest in Social Entrepreneurship was inspired by you both. Best Wishes and celebrations Jean

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Sadie Murray

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations!!! Love from us across the Pond!

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Emma Ravalimanana

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

I would add my previews message, Happy Birthday to you and to Thomas and Congratulations!

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Esther Abraira

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy BDAY Ecademy !! Thanks Penny and Tomas for this Big Community and the opportunity for us to play here. My sincere wishes for continuous success !! Esther M Abraira www.twitter.com/estherama

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Emily McMorran

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

How wonderful, Penny and Thomas! Happy Birthday! I first met you, Penny, last year at your 13th Birthday Party and then consequently met Thomas - it has enriched my life knowing you and you inspired me to be brave and write blogs! Thank you both..... Very best wishes, Emily

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David Ottenstein

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday Ecademy, and congratualtions Penny and Thomas. Also, my thanks.

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Ferdinand Felix Casantusan

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy 14th Birthday, Ecademy! :) Congratulations to Penny and Thomas, and to the entire Ecademy Team! Ecademy's been a great part of my life for four years now. Ecademy opened the doors for me to learn what online social and business networking is all about, how relationships are built and nurtured, on a global perspective. This is a celebration for all Ecademists worldwide. Thank you, Penny and Thomas and to the whole Ecademy Family! Warmest Birthday Cheers from Manila, Felix

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keng yik chan

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday.

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Mona Youssef

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Hello Penny and Thomas, From my heart send you many and congratulations as you have been working very hard to make this very special and professional network ECADEMY different and outstanding from all others. It has been a positive experience for me and surly enough for all Ecademy's members. HAPPY CELEBRATION DAY and my sincere wishes for continuous success and happy network. THANK YOU BOTH. Mona

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Gail Robinson

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday ecademists - as we continue to span the world. Is the universe next? Gail PS Penny and Thomas - we are the same age. Our businesses that is. Smile.

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Nicholas Cliffe

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday!!!!!

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Johnny Blue Star

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Ecademy is directly responsible for some of the most important and most sought after partnerships in my life. My agent, Pauline Vilain, now represents my books, films and music- and that was purely an almost "arbitrary" Ecademy experience... since I never had met her before and she lives in Holland. The composer I work with, Edgar Arens, first approached me on the Internet through Ecademy because he found I wrote screenplays and we started working together along with another Ecademy member,an amazingly singer singer named Patricia Welch, who Edgar introduced me to. Edgar lives in Moscow, Russia and Patricia lived less than 30 miles away from me at the time. Pauline will now be representing our songs and his musical scores for films. I have noticed that Thomas Powers has frequently compared the Corporate business protocol with the Social Media business protocol- talking about the first as highly structured and the latter as random- and that we need to understand both. I am now working on a book called "When Fate Steps In" about the mystery of manifestation. And part of my book will undoubtedly be talking about these "random" events that have filled my life with meaning. Because, in my opinion, as one approaches the theshold of a certain level of awareness- things become less random, no matter how 'random' they appear. So I guess I am saying, no matter if other members may look at it somewhat differently- which is their right- that Ecademy surely can be the catalyst for divine energy. And whatever one might think, Thomas and Penny have created a great, wondrous matrix for things to happen. So, this is my Happy Birthday speech. Blessings for the future, Johnny Blue Star

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shariq shaikh

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday.

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Paul (the picture) Cornish

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

A very deserved happy birthday, I have many fond memories of offline and online ecademy meetings, you have served me well in the past and I am sure will continue to do so in the future. I hope all who can attend the offline birthday celebrations today do so in fine form. Enjoy, Paul

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Sally Asling

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecad!

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Gretchen Wilsenach

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday, may you go from strength to strength.

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David Willis

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy! Whilst many folks that joined you along the way may not still be as evident today as they once were in the earlier years (me included), Ecademy has connected so many people, planted the seeds to build relationships and helped us understand what network is all about - something that others have sought to emulate. Congratulations to Penny, Thomas, Glen and Julian

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Anita Long

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday!

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Emma Ravalimanana

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Thanks Penny Power to your sharing news with a nice story! Happy Birthday to the 14 years of Ecademy! Wish you all there having a wonderful time! Sincerely yours, Emma Ravalimanana

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Ajay Sanghani

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

A very Happy Birthday Penny, Thomas and the Ecademy Commune. Penny, You have been gifted to have seen the need of Business Networking that was invisible to everyone else. And appreciate Thomas, Glenn and Julian to have been courageous to trust you, to persevere and manifest the invisible. Wish you even more dreams and more manifestations for the world to benefit. Regards, Ajay Sanghani Founder, 10xGrowth Creating Opportunities, Accelerating Growth Cell : 91-9922930618 Email : ajay@10xgrowth.com Web : http://www.10xgrowth.com

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Lesley Pyke

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy team! From rural Suffolk, UK Lesley Pyke

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Richard Flewitt

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

A Very Happy Birthday to Ecademy. Thanks to Penny and Thomas for having the vision and belief to sustain the years I can comfortably say the Ecademy, and Black Star in particular, has become a valuable part of my life with many new friends, acquaintances, somewhere to share and on occasion rant, definitely learn and grow

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Richard Singleton

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

WOW! Happy Birthday Ecademy, and congratulations to Thomas and Penny for staying with it and still being enthusiastic and still contributing great blogs. OK, I know I am not the most active member, but I love it and have been with you for about half of this journey. May it continue and grow at this person speed pace. Have a great celebration. Love Richard S.

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Irene Power-Leach

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations to Ecademy and my dear family who started it all; the FIRST before all the others! And much more helpful and rewarding to all your members! Have a great celebration ! Love you all! Mum to Thomas and mum-in-law to my dear Penny!

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Ziona Etzion

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Good wishes and continued success to Ecademy founders and community.

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Gerold "Webbeeren" Sieber

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations Ecademy! and many thanks to Penny and Thomas for the great work in the last 14 years. Wish you all the best for the next 14 years.

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Jackie Northedge

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations Ecademy, here's to many more successful years a head, looking forward in being part of your great network and sharing the ride x

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Amit Amberker

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations Penny and Thomas! :)

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Claire Beegan

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Many happy returns!!! Congratulations on staying the distance and leading the way! x

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Victor Marques

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday Ecademy... I love all my friends. Hope to see you for a chat and a glass. Network in my land Paradise for men and God, Peace for everybody, Hope in my distant land, I love you my friend. Discover a new world, With vision, imagination, Dreams going together, Love for ever. We are perfect for our race, We believe in our faith, Passionate about our place, Smile on my face… Big heart hug. Victor Marques www.vitoriakoi.pt vitoriakoi@gmail.com skype vitoriakoi

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Andrew Field

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

I am contemplating here, wishing you a happy birthday! Happy Birthday Ecademy! My sincere best blessings to you all the way from the Zambezi Valley.... now where is that camera...

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Robert Oosthout

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

14 years of which I have been around for almost 4,5 year. Happy birthday to you Penny, Thomas. Happy birthday to all other Ecademists, that we have been able to be together for so long and will continue to do so. I wish you all a joyful celebration at Adamstreet and I plan in my calendar to be there with you next year when we celebrate 15 years. Love you all. robert Oosthout.

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Simon Harding

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy and everyone who makes it tick !

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Alan Bowman

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy and may there be many many more as the years go by and Ecademy develops into the Humanity Network for all. Cheers Penny and Thomas and the TEAM and sorry unable to be at Adam Street. Alan

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Paolo Petrucciani

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Naturally .. Happy Birthday to Ecademy .. by the way is the birthday of my wife Anna. best Paolo

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Shea Reinke

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

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John Wickham

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations - have a wonderful day - John

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Julie Armitage

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday and wishing you another 14 years success. All the best Julie

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Rupert Honywood

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Well done Penny and Thomas for creating a great community I am privileged to be part of it Kindest, Rupert

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Charlie Profit

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ecademy! Watching Ecademy grow and set International standards for finding friends and businesses on the web has been fun, educational and fulfilling. What a great community of like-minded (and some not like-minded) people. An adolescent now, but here's to the journey to turn 18 (or 21) and becoming an adult!

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Elinor (The Social Fairy) Cohen

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy! Wow! 14 years?!!?!? My wish for Ecademy is to continue to grow and maintain its quality. My wish for myself is to have more time to spend here!

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Robert Zarywacz

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday ecademy! You launched me on my online networking journey in 2003, got me involved in the North Devon group and showed me the path to twitter and Facebook. Have a wonderful party! Robert

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Seshadri Sundararajan

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

You are not old! Just 2 years as a teenager! Ecademy! Your thoughts are still fresh, attitude is gung-ho, steps are exciting and future is bright! Happy birth day.

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Peter H. Claes

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy B'day! 14 years already :-) Thanks for starting our community 14 years ago and thank you to have me in the team for some years now :-) Grtz from Belgium and from your Support team :-) Peter H. Claes

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Sheila Steptoe

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday Ecademy, Penny and Thomas. I wish you much joy and happiness for the next 14 years growth as you continue to inspire us all. Have fun, Sheila

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Tracey Finlay

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Starting a business without ecademy? Why would you? It takes a huge amount of guts to take the leap of faith needed to go it alone and support is crucial. Unless you have a huge number of supportive friends who are experts in marketing, web, coaching, design, accountancy, etc. etc. then you would be mad not to be part of ecademy. Why go it alone when you have this huge amount of talent, support and friendship at your fingertips? Penny, Thomas.... You should be so very proud. See you later. Tracey x

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Björn Hultin

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday and all the best for the coming years!

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Annie Heggie

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Penny & Thomas - happy birthday Ecademy Well done for creating such a much needed business network, although I don't go online as much as I used to.... I've met so many talented, creative, warm hearted, ambitious people, that live and work all over the world........thank you

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Anamika Choudhury Mehta

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

This is where I started learning about social media. But above all started making friends. Love you Ecademy!

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Shea Reinke

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Before I read the whole thing - I was reading the first three installments of the world of darkness ttrpg. Second edition - before they added wraith and changeling. Changling: The Dreaming, :kiss: A work of art. A woman ..who I shall call.. Shine. She told me 'oh its like real life' in metaphor obviously - people dont turn into fairytale creatures when their glamour stronger than their banality - but we are all different people when we are jubilant - when the weight of the world drags us down.. we turn into monsters. Little sister told - you are a sidhe - you take things twice as hard, secret? I get good *twice* as *better!*

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Roddy Herbert

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations to Penny, Thomas and the ecademy team making an initial idea in Pizza Express come to life. Is there a plaque there now "ecademy born 1998" ??? :-) Looking forward to seeing you all later. All the best Roddy

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Robert Tomašević

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

This is a great day for Ecademy thank you Penny&Thomas for creating such a great community full of vibrant businesses and great people, i'm glad to be part of it and love the network that has been created. When looking back to 1998. i was an interpreter for industry far from IT business or anything connected to the web, today with my friends we've created CNEMUS (cinemas) a company which works in Business Inelligence, Media & Communications + PR, in a year we managed the most of the Croatian Media Events and actually working on Microsoft Windays Conference, Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival and many other fresh happenings. Ecademy, since i joined was always a great source of inspiration and know how as well as uncomparable connections. So once again dear Powers thank you and happy Ecademy Day! :) luv ya Robert

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Jim Tuffin

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Hi Penny, Thomas and Julian! Congratulations on achieving 14 years of success with Ecademy. During that time we have seen many other sites come and go, but few seem to survive. Over these 14 years and the 8 years in which I have been a members lots of things have changed, most for the better. Social networking has now arrived and is becoming powerful in its use within the business community, but we will always have a need for Ecademy, and for all those people who visit here most days. I have received lots of help and advice which I much appreciate, so thank you to all my friends here as well. Keep up the good work, keep improving the site and the service it provides, don't sit back and become another IBM ... I look forward to Ecademy's 21st birthday when they will definately come of age! Best wishes to all, Jim

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mark wing

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations ;-)

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Nuno Moreira

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy . Penny and Thomas keep up the good work. A big big hug

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Harry Cruickshank

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

A very Happy Birthday to all of you. Ecademy is a unique and interesting community. It has breadth and depth and tremendous variety and I've enjoyed interacting with it over the years. Penny, you and Thomas (and your team) have created something special and are to be congratulated for it. Have a fantastic party and pat yourselves on the back - you deserve it. Warmest wishes, Harry

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Pandora Harrop

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy, Dear Penny & Thomas, Well done for creating such a much needed business network. I've met so many talented, creative, warm hearted, ambitious people, that live and work all over the world. Now I can truly say the world is my oyster, for no matter where I travel, I know I can get in touch with an Ecademy member. Someone else who is very dear to me is also celebrating his birthday today, my dad, he has made it to 91 years old. Here's to Ecademy making it to that ripe old age. Best wishes and lots of luck for the future. Pandora (Athens, Greece) P.S. Sorry I won't be there to enjoy the celebrations, I will be there in spirit.

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Mike Turner

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Dear Penny and Thomas 14 years ago I had just bought my first PC having read about the World Wide Web in the Daily Telegraph and decided to have a go at an internet business. I opened my first online shop in the summer of 1998 selling Levis jeans. I didn't sell a single pair. It seemed nobody in the UK wanted to email me an order and put a cheque in the post :) It wasn't until the end of 1998 that I joined eBay and made my first online sale. I spent a lot of time that year listening to the dial up sound Talking of listening, have you listened to all the words of the Cheers song above? Is there something you're trying to tell us after all these years, Penny? 1 minute 15 seconds in... "And your husband wants to be a girl" Congratulations to you both and to all the Ecademy team for making it a brilliant 14 years, (including a wave to Glenn of course). I'm looking forward to seeing my Ecademy family later today. Love to you both Mike x

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Temenouzhka Zaharieva

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

HappyBirthdayEcademy! I wish you a successful and prosperous future!

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Harold Forbes

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations Penny and Thomas: 14 years is quite a run. May it continue through many more.

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Andreas Wiedow

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday

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Huw Williams

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday - well done for creating such a WONDERFUL place. As it's his bi-centenary today, maybe some relevant Dickens quotes would be good. Anyone erudite enough out there to know some good ones? Maybe from Pickwick Papers?

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Mindy Gibbins-Klein

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Thank you, Penny and Thomas, for conceiving the idea of Ecademy and for keeping it going. I honestly don't believe I would have the business and the brand I have, or indeed many of the good friends I have, if it weren't for Ecademy. I have built my business mainly in this community, especially in the early days when Ecademy was responsible for 75-80% of my income! I have always felt safe and supported here, able to explore new ideas without fear. I have shared laughter, tears and wild ideas with fellow Ecademists online and offline, at the meetings, BlackStar boardrooms and one-to-ones. It's 'my kind of place'. Lately I have felt guilty that I don't hang out here as much as I used to, although that is largely due to the success we've experienced. Ironic! But just as you say, just like a family, it is always there and true friends understand when you are busy and don't have as much time for them as you'd like. I look forward to celebrating with you later. Thanks again for all you have done and continue to do! Mindy xx

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Stefan Belibou

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday, Ecademy!

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Andrew Horder

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Its been a great place to learn and to mature over the 8+ years I've been on Ecademy, 7.5 of them as a Blackstar. I doubt many of those who've known me all that time would recognise the strident, demanding know-it-all who joined in 2003, and I largely have Ecademy to thank for that. Pretty much all my post-corporate life has involved Ecademy in one way or another, so it's been a fundamental part of my personal growth and journey over the last 8 years. Long may it last.

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Alex Waterton

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Dear Penny & friends (all of Ecademy), A very very Happy Birthday to Ecademy and may we have many more years of the friendship and support everyone so freely gives and enjoys. Many thanks to dear Penny & the rest of the team who relentlessly work so hard for the good of all members. Regards Alex

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Julia McDaid

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday!! Very much looking forward to lunch, and catching up with so many friends, and meeting many of those I am online friends with :-) Yes, a lot has changed since 1998, I have changed and my business has changed, only thing that's the same is that I was self employed back then!

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Lucas Wyrsch

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Dear Penny and Thomas, I wish ECADEMY A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and to all its members as well! Thank you for all the engagements, support, caring, connections and your open, random and supportive contributions through this great and outstanding network that is ECADEMY I hope that this Chinese year of the Water Dragon will offer you great investment opportunities and prosperity!. I wish you a successful and prosperous future! Best, Lucas

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Keith Stoddart

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Just to add to a massive list of well wishers - Happy Birthday Ecad and I wish you many many more birthdays to come. Keith X

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Richard Carman

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations Thomas and Penny on a fantastic 14 years of building Ecademy, here's to another 14... Cheers!!! Richard

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John Amy - Graphic Design

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations!

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REG ATHWAL

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Happy 14th Birthday Ecademy!

Dear Penny & Thomas, A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and the Ecademy family! Thank you for everything you have done and for making so many connections to support our lives. Here's to the next 14 years! Wishing you tremendous prosperity for the start of your 15th year... All the best, Reg

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Robert Rush

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

It's still a great piece of work, Penny. Congratulations to all involved and special best wishes to you and Thomas! Robert

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Bruce King

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Yes - the years have flown by - and I've finally sprouted wings - or at least an e-magic flying cloak. Much love and Bear Hugs Bruce King (AKA Grandpa Super Bear)

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Mark Orr

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations Penny.

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Daniel Priestley

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday. What an honour to be part of it.

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Jane Noble Knight

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

What wonderful inspiring words, Penny. For me this is what family, business and community is about. 14 is a special number for me as I was born on a 14th day of a month. I wish us all continued success over the next 14 years and beyond. Thank you. Jane

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Gordon Wheaton

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations Penny and Thomas and Happy Birthday Ecademy. What a great family it is. And what a great theme song you chose Penny. What a great series Cheers was. Regards Gordon

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Susanne Palm

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday from Taiwan! :) Suz

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David Holroyd-Doveton

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

A very Happy 14th Birthday to Ecademy. WOW. Penny and Thomas, you have created something very special, not just for me but for thousands of Ecademists. I am privileged to be part of such an awesome group of fantastic people. Love you all. David

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Mark 'Spud' Russell

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

G'day Penny May there be unlimited birthdays for our Ecademy community as we grow into the future, all we can do is at least have a bloody good crack at it. Cheers & catch ya later mate. Spud!

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William Buist

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

What a great family that you have built here Penny, and the joy and love that is shared o these pages makes Ecademy what it always will be. Home.

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Eric Sutherland

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

A very moving piece that sums up well the ethos of Ecademy, so thank you everyone for making it happen its been an interesting journey with interesting people and lessons learned. Its made me reach out even further with contacts in Social Enterprise and with FREE being different versions of Facebook but in a niche. In 1998 round the corner from Adam Street in the Shell Building on the Strand and still in touch with people through LinkedIn. Seems as far as some people feel comfortable and means most are still company people, but that's life and we have to accept others choices and points of view. So for Penny and Thomas and all the team current and past who have helped shape Ecademy, thank you and see you on the 25th. All the best ! lang may your lum reekie or good fortune Regards Eric

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Maurice Watts, the Marketer

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy, I joined your Journey 10 years ago and am still happy to be tagging along. I've made many friends here and even done some business too - long may it continue! Looking forward to seeing you later. Regards - Maurice

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Baiju Solanki

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy. Looking forward to seeing you all later. 14 years ago I was a Psychology lecturer. But it was in 1998 that I made the decision to leave teaching. Didn't know what to do so went into sales. 9 years later, after numerous promotions, travelling the world, becoming sales director I left to start my first business in 1997. I was introduced to networking and the first ever networking event I went to was Ecademy Christmas party at Tower Hill. I have never looked backed. Thank you Ecademy Baiju

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Piers Mummery

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy!!!

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Dianna Bonner

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday to Ecademy ad to a wonderful couple! Have loved being a part of the community and looking forward to catching up with everyone later today ! Many thanks Dianna

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Jo Berry

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Very Happy Birthday and congratulations for creating this amazing community of Ecademy. Thank you for riding all the challenges and persevering when it has been difficult. You have created a family here and I can feel the love! I am grateful every day that I am part of this loving supportive open community, it has changed my life.I love being a part a it, it is an honour and a privilege. I am learning, growing and transforming my vision into a resourced supported project thanks to my new wonderful friends here. You are 2 very special people and I am excited to meet you both later today. I may be new here but I have found where I belong! Thanks you Penny and Thomas. Love Jo

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Stella Holman "The Connector"

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy ... Have a GREAT birthday lunch today, sorry I couldn't be there! I was self-employed 14 years ago, just learning the ropes of using the Internet to make connections. Have a great day! Best wishes Stella Holman-TheConnector . Social Media Consultancy Combining Technology with Networking to generate LEADS for Business" Register, watch the movie to win a free vacation..

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Richard J Francis

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Looking fwd to seeing everyone later - I think I could best be described as an 'ageing dog learning new tricks'. I'm determined to prove the fable wrong on this journey! And it is a journey...not a destination

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Massimo Luciani

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy birthday ecademy! :-)

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Dylis Guyan

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Penny and Thomas. You must be thrilled to see your "baby" grow and have such an impact on so many peoples lives. Well done and Happy Birthday Ecademy. Dylis xx

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Demos Flouri

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Wow amazing stuff Penny, I look forward to seeing you all later. Wow what was I doing in 1998 - I was a year away from doing my GCSE's :-) Happy Birthday Demos

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Vesselinka Tzonkova

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy !!!

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Andre Biester

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy... Have a GREAT birthday lunch today. 14 years for a social network.. WOW Greetings from Lochem Netherlands Warm regards, André

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Akhtar (make it happen) Khan

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Hi Penny, Lovely topic, and more importantly, the content. Very well written. I have been a member for about half the time, joined in Feb 2007. But have thoroughly enjoyed it even from the distance. A lot has happened in my life, but the most important thing is the friends I have made on Ecademy. Plan to be in London in June and will definitely look forward to meeting those based there, and will request those who are in Europe to plan to come over so that we can meet, specially Anthony and Ketan, as they visit London often. Happy Birthday Ecademy. May you continue to grow in membership, and keep your members happy. All the best Akhtar

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Carolyn Williams

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! Penny, Thomas and Family

Remember to send me a Top of the List? (next time) Enjoy the 14th Celebrations Penny and Thomas and Team Family! How was Wales! Wales! Wales!!? C:)xx

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Rolf Waeber

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations to this great network. It is unique. It is special. It is excellent. I say: I am proud to be part of the Ecademy Community! Rolf

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Siddharth Kalelkar

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Indeed, a very happy birthday and many happy returns ...!! Much success to Penny-Thomas, Ecademy, and to all of us ...! :-). Sid.

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Wendy Dashwood-Quick

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Hi Penny! Happy Birthday Ecademy and well done for just being amazing, leading the way and having the courage to do what you do. Back in 1998 I didn't have a PC at home or a mobile phone! And I was in a dead end job. My journey since then briefly: redundancy trained as holistic therapist trained as a Coach set up my first small biz huge personal development journey joined Ecademy learned how to make a speech (wow scarey) learnt about marketing Met 100's of amazing people did NLP training with Paul McKenna and Richard Bandler became EFT Level II discovered DISC profiling learnt how to abseil off a very tall building father passed way wrote and published a book helped dozens of people get their lives/business lined up overcame some health issues learnt about social media and using technology formed my own mastermind group wrote another e-book (about e-books) made some very good friends Still keeping my finger on the pulse!

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Ketan JOSHI

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Happy Birthday Ecademy ... Have a GREAT birthday lunch today. Hope to see you all on my next trip to London. Ketan

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Bob Nicoll

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Congratulations Penny and Thomas! A wonderful journey indeed. Honored to be a part of it. Much love and respect, Bob

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Thomas Power

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Wow 33 to 47 a huge part of our lives.

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Ruth Cheesley - Joomla SEO Specialist

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Amazing to think Ecademy has been around just under half my lifetime! :o) Looking forward to meeting people this afternoon! Ruth

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ed percival

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Penny, that was from the heart, darling! love ed x

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Tony Waithe

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#HappyBirthdayEcademy!! 14years today the community of Entrepren

Can we make a difference Penny. Thomas & Ecademy, Yes We Can ! Happy Birthday Ecademy!!!! See you soon! Tony T

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