February 29, 2016
According to a White House press release, as well as various news reports, President Obama has nominated Carla D. Hayden for the position of 14th Librarian of Congress. If confirmed by Congress, Hayden would become the first woman and the first African-American to hold that post. Hayden is currently the chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, a position she’s held since 1993. She has had a long career as a librarian, starting out in the Chicago Public Library system, and was President of the American Library Association in 2003-04, where she earned high marks with her...
February 25, 2016
It’s only befitting to capture the ultimate irony this week as Mobile World Congress went full tilt in Barcelona and this week's Financial Times was chock full of stories including one containing a headline '1m new malicious codes were found on devices by 2015', right next to a story about old fashioned ‘dumb phones’ coming back into vogue with actor Eddie Redmayne the poster child for ‘unplugging’ from his smart phone and going retro. All at the same time another article writes of the media sector concerned about ad blocking in a backlash that has the industry, rightfully, in a worry storm....
February 22, 2016
Love this post, How We Got off the Addiction to Venture Capital and Created Our Own Way to Profits, by Rafat Ali, longtime colleague and friend of our firm. I’ve known Rafat since the early days of starting his first company and love now what Skift is up to too. That he jettisoned the addiction to venture capital is a huge testimony to his talent, his truth, and the fact that businesses can run with heart and sometimes be richer and ‘bigger’ for it. Sometimes old fashioned values in media hold - build a great brand, do great work, and expect profits as a sign of a real business. Outsell’s...
February 16, 2016
S&P Capital IQ and SNL have become S&P Global Market Intelligence while last week parent company McGraw-Hill Financial’s Board of Directors voted to change their name change to S&P Global, Inc. later this year. Goodbye to a venerable brand, one deemed too close to ‘publishing’ and no longer what the company stands for. Been tracking brands in general, and in information, media and technology for years and am sorry to see this change. Yes, when McGraw-Hill split into two companies it became confusing to have McGraw-Hill Financial and McGraw-Hill Education in two different firms. ...

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