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Jan Simmonds
Entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in Media, 12 of which as a top Manager in Music, Film & TV.
Interests: I am a keen sailor and am happiest out of sight of land at night with a calm sea, fair winds and great company under clear starry skies and a full moon. Skiing with my family and friends is also one of the things I most look forward to.
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Jan Simmonds is now following Account Deleted
Nov 17, 2011
Actually in a social world, my view is that brands are the subject of the conversation, not the owners of it, however much the platforms and brands themselves are deluding themselves and/ or us to the contrary. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at famebook™
Jan Simmonds is now following Gina
May 10, 2011
Recent Answer to a Quora Question - What should Google do to completely overhaul its social strategy? Google's biggest problem isn't social, it is sex! - Great sex starts of course with trust, but also that simple attraction factor and... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at famebook™
"America’s innovation is reliant on sustaining a demand from the global market. On current balance and with Obama stating at Facebook that he doesn’t want bright Chinese kids building the next Intel in China, but coming to the US to build it I believe that innovation isn’t your problem, rather your global public image is what really needs massive investment..... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2011 at famebook™
Prompted by the fact that nearly 800,000 people have read this refreshingly 'against the grain' article by Henry Blodget - "The Guy Who Says He Owns 50% Of Facebook Just Filed A Boatload Of New Evidence -- And It's Breathtaking"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at famebook™
Thanks Paul. Old school Manager of fifteen years myself so we talk the same language. This is from the archives, but you may enjoy it - and an answer here on Quora you may also appreciate (Scroll down for my answer - surmised here too- All best Jan
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Thanks Jonathan, much appreciated. We are certainly talking the same language. I always come back to the old 'adage' that if you love someone, set them free!
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...In the meantime and in the world of 'digital land', I want to own my own home. When I do, you're all invited to a party! Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at famebook™
...Do you really want your musical choice in the future to be chosen by phone vote and based on an architected selection of acts whose life expectancy will be in single digits in terms of albums if that? Fast food, fast music... what next? You may like the occasional Maccy D's, but what if that's all you could eat? Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at famebook™
See Original Article here! & Follow Up Article here! ...Apart from thinking that Facebook like cigarette co's should have a Govt. health warning words to the effect of 'what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, unless we decide to change... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at famebook™
...And so I find myself today, not only further warmed to Nic as an individual, but with a massive feel good factor for DFJ, both in Europe and as part of the wider network. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at famebook™
Jan Simmonds is now following Richard Titus
Jul 13, 2010
Robert Scoble has recently highlighted the issue too and effectively echoed what I've been saying for some time; that Facebook is a Chris Anderson 'Long Tail' or the 80% of the 80:20 rule. The rich and elegant 'HEAD' or 20% is actually outside the platform and is the place where trad media finally converges properly online. This hasn't happened yet, which is why people like Martin Sorrel at WPP still have a certain disdain for Social Networking in it's current guise. (and he's the guy really writing the big cheques...) Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2010 at famebook™
Great post Adam. I think you have the best job in the world!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2010 on Row For Heroes at Aquasafe blog
Jan Simmonds is now following The Typepad Team
Mar 15, 2010
...these kind of shows have so devalued celebrity that the reward of achieving it is being eroded away. When the show fails inevitably to make any of the participants famous (or in the unlikely event that it does but we all know that it is only for the immediate duration of the show and aftermath and is in our wiser viewing eyes an illusion with no material value) then how does it run to a second series or even survive the first? Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2009 at famebook™
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Sarah.. I liked this thank you! My Father always cites a story from when he was a young man and working in his first job in London's West End. Every morning he and a colleague would exit the tube and cross over Marble Arch, buying a newspaper from a rude and grumpy news vendor who always treated them with contempt. Regardless the colleague always said 'Good Morning and Have a Nice Day'as he paid over the change. One day my Father asked this guy why he bothered being nice to him in the face of such indifference, and his reply was; 'who is he to teach me my manners!' That's something which my Dad carried with him all his life and why I am proud to call him a Gentleman!
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Most like = Bernie Madoff! (Place your bids in $ per twist of groin!) Least like = A virtuous supermodel!
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...being a strong advocate that all great success comes from people not corporations, then surely it is logical to look at all journalists as individual monetizable channels. This model then defines the structure, reward and audience loyalty for the traditional newspaper brands as agents and caretakers of those revenue sources. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2009 at famebook™
...I hope Richard hold’s on to his baby for a few years so his vision is truly born out. Personally I’d invest in whatever he does now or next! Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at famebook™
Brad kindly replied - Makes perfect sense. Security is a huge issue for me also for exactly the reason you state. We also have a documentation retention policy (everything goes away on a rolling 12 month basis) so I never have anything that is older than 12 months (nor do I really need it as I’ve discovered). Ultimately I think this is a solvable issue but it requires a lot more effort to be scalable and bulletproof (vs. a one off solution for a dude like me).
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My Quest For A Personal Dashboard - Brad Feld - my response... (Original Article Here!) Brad, this is the digital nirvana question, but I would suggest that what you think you want, isn't actually going to be what you least not yet. (Certainly in terms of investment areas!) Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2009 at famebook™
...and as for charging for content Rupert, it's like me submitting an invoice to Facebook for using my content to sell ads around...kinda pointless! Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2009 at famebook™