Category: Leadership and Management

What’s Next?

For the last 6 years I have led a team that has transformed a declining print-centric business into a fast-growing $200 million digital media, live event and marketing services behemoth, otherwise known as UBM TechWeb. It has been an extraordinary experience and one that I’m immensely proud of. I’ve made the difficult decision that this […]

AOL, Tech Crunch and the Rules of the Game

The latest controversy between AOL and Michael Arrington is a fascinating story. Strong personalities with strong points of view, editorial ethics, management missteps, and big company culture versus small company passion make this a particularly juicy drama. Arrington has made an ultimatum to AOL: Give us “editorial independence” or sell us the site back. By […]

The Love Practicum

The idea that love is “just damn good business” (as I suggested in my previous post) is equally easy to embrace or dismiss, depending on your personal bias or point of view. Assuming for a moment that you’re one who accepts the idea (and if you’re not, consider this anyway—you may surprise yourself) how do […]

My Conversation with Steven Waldman, Senior Advisor, FCC

“Assistant to the Chairman of the FCC on the Future of Media” is without question one of the coolest titles I’ve ever seen. Even cooler that it’s the title of my friend and former colleague Steve Waldman. Steve and I worked together on the influential internet site Beliefnet.  After 10 years with Beliefnet he recently […]

Value This!

In order to buy  a company you need to value it.    That’s not so easy in the media business, these days. Lots of folks refer to multiples, of cash flow or revenue or whatever, as a way of determining future value.   You project the expected future performance of the company, factor in the cost […]

Moments of Truth

In the early 1980’s Jan Carlson took over SAS airlines. The company was in poor shape and Carlson set about to turn it around. He boiled the business down to a series of what he called “moments of truth”. These moments were touch points where key interactions with customers or employees took place. He defined […]

Have you ever sold your home?

Have you ever sold your home?  One you’ve lived in for a while and has all the comforts of home?  If you’re like me, you imagine how potential buyers are going to admire the kitchen, the yard, even little things like the switch plate covers.  You hire a broker, get your home listed on www.realtor.com […]

Love Is Good Business

The emotion of love is considered to be out of place or simply inappropriate in business—especially in the technology world. Many believe that good business people keep their hearts out of their work. But, it’s the heart that brings the fire of creativity to bear on the day-to-day. It’s the heart that inspires drive, loyalty […]

Running Media

This month marks my 10th anniversary as a runner. In March of 2001 while walking around a mall in New York with my family I wandered into a running store. On a whim I bought a pair of running shoes. At the time I played tennis regularly and was reasonably active. I had bad knees […]

Search to Social to Schmidt to Page

The shift from Eric Schmidt to Larry Page as CEO of Google is more than simply a change of leadership. It represents the broader shift in the center of gravity of the web from search to social. The surprising announcement in the change at the top of Google this week has created all sorts of […]