Code of Conduct

Expectations & privacy guidelines for all members

Welcome to Mindshare’s invite-only community. Only members can access the private CEO network.

To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have some basic guidelines for everyone. Please take a moment to read them.

In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate access to this online community for anyone who violate these rules. By using this online community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. 

This is a great platform to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. In using it, you also agree to reserve your discussion, shared files, and content to what works best within this online medium and community platform. 

Questions should be directed to the leaders of Mindshare via the Contact Us form.

Table of Contents

The rules of engagement.

Don’t challenge or attack others.
The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention.
Let others have their say, just as you may.

For all or for one specific member?
When replying to a post, please consider whether replying to ALL members is the best idea.

Respond in kind.
If a message’s original poster specifically requests that other alumni respond directly to them (aka: “small ‘r’ please” or other words to that effect) please abide by the request.

Use caution when discussing products and services.
Information posted on the forums and in the libraries is available for all members to see.
Keep in mind that comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. 

Respect & Integrity.
Mindshare Alumni are all professionals and entrepreneurs – and we act accordingly.

Etiquette for posting a message.

The subject line.
We’re all busy. State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows others to respond more appropriately to your post and makes it easier for alumni to search the archives by subject. 

Your signature.
Include a signature on all posts. Include your name, affiliation, and location. 

Exercise prudence with community-wide messages.
Will the content of your message benefit everyone? If not, don’t send it to the entire community.

Follow-ups go the individual.
Send messages such as “thanks for the information” or “me, too” to individuals – not to the entire list.
Do this by using the Reply to Sender link to the right of every message.

Web interface vs email.
Please, do not send administrative messages for web-based settings. (like “Remove me from the list”.) Instead, use the web interface to change your settings.

(BTW: If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the community and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings in your profile.)

The legal stuff.

This site is provided as a service for the members of the Mindshare Alumni Association (MINDSHARE). MINDSHARE is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants MINDSHARE and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information for other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another’s business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

MINDSHARE does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate posts and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate post is brought to the attention of MINDSHARE we will take all appropriate action.

MINDSHARE reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

The privacy

Our privacy policy is simple: Mindshare is a private, closed, alumni-only network. We do not share any personal, corporate or other information with any non-Mindshare Alumni entity. Period.

government & legal.

We may disclose the personal information we collect through this site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena).

About internet security.

While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. Remember there are always risks when using the internet. 

For any other information please contact us using the Contact Us form.