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My work centers around the monetizing power and democratizing work of digital content.
Interests: A - B - C. That's one sum-up that works. A is for Around the World. With my wife Kathy, we've been fortunate enough to begin visiting the wider world in the last 12 years. The Czech Republic, Ukraine, Poland, Nepal, Thailand and two trips to India highlight our farther-flung itineraries, though we wouldn't mind revisiting Andalusia or Tuscany or the Cotswolds either. With our wider family of five, we toured most of the Lower 48, in successive Dodge Caravans, dodging death on the Going to the Sun Highway in the Rockies, nasty black flies in New England and too many family restaurants ever to count. B is for Baseball. It's a mainstay of life for four decades from the Koufax-Drysdale Dodgers of the '60s to the Puckett-driven Twins of '87 and '91 to the bliss of a day game at Pac Bell today. Plus the vernal wonders of Florida spring training, where everything -- nature, rookies, hot dogs -- is green. C is for California. My dad first glimpsed the then-very Golden State in 1927, back from an Army stint in Hawaii. The image stuck, for a boy of 20 who had grown up sleeping three to a bed in a Lower East Side tenement. 20 years later, he brought his family back, and I was the first native Californian in the family. I was born in Hollywood, within the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital. Like my other boyhood haunts, Gilmore Field (home of the Hollywood Stars baseball team), the PicFair Theater and Pacific Ocean Park, Cedars of Lebanon was torn down to make way for the future. California has always been about fresh starts. Each generation reinvents its own California, a principle best captured by Wallace Stegner in "Angle of Repose" and reaffirmed at least every 20 years. We take it as a birthright to be able to explore California, from the Sequoias to Mendocino, and make that a major pastime. As the next generation of California gets ready to assume leadership, I've also done what I could to help their preparation. I've served as president of the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association, helping enlarge student aid and access and otherwise pushing forward with the vital business of higher education on campus. Now as I finish my stint on the Alumni Council, I have joined the UCSC Foundation, intent on finding new ways to fulfill the UC motto: Fiat Lux.
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Jonathan: Much to chew on here. As someone who covers the news industry, I believe a number of points -- we need visuals! -- are key to the next stage. Most important may be that there is an Analytics Gap, which yawns each day. While Google and other technology-driven companies get smarter, much of the traditional content world is woefully under-using analytics to take advantage of the changes you note and the evolving opportunities in this next generation of the digital business. You're right: that leaves Google in the catbird's seat, and it's tough to see media companies, individually or collectively, contesting that position. Good post; stay on this topic. Ken ( )
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Today apparently is Tablet Day in the news blogosphere. I'd love to see how we'll look back at our prognostications here (mine: ) just a year from today. Many of us focus, understandably on the user experience and its potential here, as Mark lays out expansively and well. In a sense, it's a vision of iPhone on steroids. One major potential difference: while the iPhone changed mobile news reading, it's not been a game-changer in advertising. The tablet, though, if full-color, could be the kind of immersive, experiential environment that digital ad agencies crave. That could mean lots of dollars expended there -- and that will further goose publisher investment and adoption. A new virtuous circle. The other big headstart Apple brings to this race is its App Store, ready to be enlarged for the Apple tablet. These Apps just need to be optimized for the tablet, and you can bet smart developers are already moving on that. My January, 2010 sense: Apple Buzz + Tablet intro + App Store + Ad possibilities = something of major significance.
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