Launches Interactive Live Event App for Business Professionals Seeking Advice

Online expert network builds evolved web event platform integrating live chat, social media, and crowdsourcing ranking tools to connect industry experts with business professionals

Sep 21, 2011, 09:30 ET from

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --, the leading and free online community for business expertise, with more than 1 million members and over 5,000 business and technology experts, today launched its enhanced Live Event Platform.

The Live Event Platform is a web application that transforms web conferencing into a social and interactive event by allowing attendees to engage with presenters and colleagues remotely. The Live Event Platform is a real-time, HTML-5 based, interactive application that allows participants to listen to roundtable discussions online, communicate with discussion leaders and other members via live chat, and ask industry experts for business advice via structured Q&A in real-time. The new web-based application combines web conferencing and live chat with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter social media integration all in one place.

As with all events, participants can submit questions to the discussion leaders. However, a unique feature to this live platform is the "Vote-Up" and "Interesting" buttons, which respectively give users the ability to promote audience questions they want to hear answered first, and gauge how interesting the immediate discussion is, allowing them to continue or change the direction of the conversation.

Since was launched in May 2010, the site has held over 1,000 live events to provide expert advice for members. events have varied from niche interests such as online gambling, B2B marketing, and social CRM to broader topics and breaking news events that affect multiple industries such as the NFL lockout and the 21st century tech bubble.

The core of is built around a roster of over 5,000 business and technology experts who offer free professional advice to members. Focus Experts are widely known leaders in their respective fields and include Co-Founder and Chief Strategist for Trendline Interactive Andrew Kordek, Twitter's most followed IT security analyst and Forbes blogger Richard Stiennon, and business intelligence expert and President of NAVinture Jonathan Wu.

The current full calendar of events is available at "Since our launch last year, our goal has been to connect industry leaders with business professionals looking to communicate with experts in their field," said Scott Albro, CEO of Focus. "With this enhanced event platform, we're able to deliver members a greater social and immersive experience. The new platform maximizes the learning and networking opportunities available via the already proven Expert Roundtable format."

For more information about the Focus Expert Roundtable events, and to access instructions on how to register as a Focus business expert, as well as gain access to the latest business research and expertise on the Focus network as a member, please visit

About is the leading online business professional network that consists of two interconnected groups – a membership base of more than 1 million business professionals and the highly-acclaimed Focus Expert Network, which features more than 5,000 of the most-recognized business and technology experts across every business category. is ad-supported and entirely free to join. Within its engaged business community, members interact with each other and Focus experts to make more-informed business decisions.

To become a Focus expert, the staff conducts an evaluation of the background and credentials of each candidate in their respective industry. In addition to free access to world-class business advice, also offers real-time Q&A, industry research, relevant product and service information and personalized support. For more information, and to register to become a member or Focus expert, please visit

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