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Draper University

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I went to Silicon Valley last week and took the opportunity to visit venture capitalist Tim Draper who has started Draper University in San Mateo. I told Draper that I would get Edelman involved in the education of his up and coming innovators because we are the yin to his yang.

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A PR Pro’s Guide for reddit

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I’ve found myself using reddit more and more the past few years. A few weeks ago at the PRWeek Awards, I sat next to Victoria Taylor, director of talent at reddit, and we had a preliminary chat about her employer.

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Comments: Appropriate Forum for PR?

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One of the joys of web-based media is the continuing conversation in the wake of posting of an article. The ability of readers to add to story, to bring colorful anecdotes or personal experiences to bear, shows the wisdom of BBC’s Richard Sambrook, who said that, “The crowd is on the field and playing in […]

Clinton Global Initiative—Where Interests Align

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I attended the Clinton Global Initiative for the past two days in New York City. It is the fifth year for the CGI, started by former President Clinton to unite business, government and civil society behind specific commitments to remedy shortcomings in infrastructure, health, human capital and access to financing. The meeting features top executives […]

A Year Later

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I was standing in the dark in my gym shorts and t shirt in Rock Creek Park in Washington DC this morning at 5:45 am, ready to begin the hour long Sarge US Army style workout with 45 other middle-aged (lunatic) men and women. As I gazed up at the sliver of a moon and […]

The CEO’s Dilemma; A Year After Lehman’s Demise

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I had breakfast this morning with Heidrick & Struggles CEO Kevin Kelly (disclosure: friend and client). He told me about his soon to be released book, Leading in Turbulent Times, based on recent interviews with thirty CEOs across Asia, Europe and North America. Just after the fall of Lehman Brothers and AIG bankruptcy, boards asked […]

Thomson Reuters; Building the Modern Media Company

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I had a meeting this morning with Brian Rhoads, managing editor of the Americas, and Martin Howell, editor in charge of companies’ news, of Reuters News. We had a wide-ranging discussion on the competitive landscape, the new demands on the reporters and the business model following Thomson’s acquisition of Reuters. Here are the important comments […]

Change Will Do You Good

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I am a person who likes stability and continuity. I have been very happily married to the same inspiring woman for 23 years. I have worked at one company for my whole career (ok, so my name is on the door), now 32 years. I have played the same sport, tennis, for 49 years. I […]

Canoe: The Cable Empire Strikes Back

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Canoe Ventures is cable television’s answer to migration of audience to the personal computer and smartphones. The appeal of what you want when you want it is compelling, particularly for a younger demographic less bothered by screen size. In order to change the nature of the TV viewing experience, the six largest US cable TV […]

The New Stakeholder Society

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The Huffington Post published this post by me this morning: In this most difficult economic climate, we conducted a midyear survey of opinion leaders in six of the 20 nations covered in the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. Earlier this month, we spoke with college or professional school graduates in the top quartile of income, who […]

Huffington Post; Taking the Next Step

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Five years ago, Arianna Huffington and former PR executive Ken Lerer founded Huffington Post to cover the intersection of politics, business and popular culture. I had lunch on Friday with Eric Hippeau, chief executive officer of the site and a partner at Softbank Capital in the U.S. Eric is returning to his journalistic roots; those […]

AOL—Dominating Niches, Keeping Consumers Engaged

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I spoke with Jeff Levick, President, Global Advertising and Strategy for AOL, this morning. I wanted his view on how the new strategy for AOL would affect PR people and their clients. Levick told me that one reason he left Google for AOL because “there is an opportunity to start sites in niche areas of […]

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