Crunch This! Arrington Launches CrunchGear to Expand Online Media Empire

In about a year, Michael Arrington has risen to fame and fortune through TechCrunch covering Web 2.0 startups while aligning himself with some of the most influential people in the industry. Now he is among the most influential in the industry…

A couple of weeks ago, he launched CrunchBoard to help companies and jobseekers connect and yesterday, he officially launched CrunchGear, which, according to Arrington, “will look like something between a pure blog and CNET Reviews.”

STIRR 1.5 – I prefer my networking events stirred, not shaken

The August STIRR mixer was held last night at Blue Chalk in Palo Alto and it was a HOT event – literally. No A/C on a hot August night…but still, the place was packed until the very end.


Photo Credit: Ian Kennedy

This was STIRR’s fifth event and appeared to be its biggest to date. What sets STIRR apart is that it is an effective mix of “live” social and business networking among a highly qualified crowd of tech innovators, Web 2.0 execs, entreprenuers, VCs, bloggers, and journalists. Kudos to the STIRR team:

SES, Google Dance, STIRR – What a week!

I have held some of the most refreshing conversations at SES in San Jose this week, as well as attended incredibly insightful and helpful sessions. More to report once I can catch my breath. In the mean time, take a look at Lee Odden’s Online Marketing Blog for solid show summaries.

Google Dance V was a blast last night – although I had to eat afterwards because the food wasn’t appetizing (AT ALL) – sorry Google Chefs!

The Letter "e" Grants an Interview to Bidness Week

In its first interview since dotbomb , the crash, the bubble burst, etc., the letter “e” has re-emerged to grant an exclusive interview to Bidness Week. Very funny… kudos to Cerado.

Web 2.0 and The Letter “e”: The Interviewafter hitting it big during the dot-com boom of the 90’s, the tech world’s best-known letter comes out of seclusion for a rare conversation with BidnessWeek’s Steve Rosenblush.

Vocus Acquires PRWeb – PR 1.0 + PR 2.0 = New Media Relations

…well that’s until New Media Relations becomes PR and the next big thing becomes NMR.

Today, Vocus announced that it acquired PRWeb. Now things are getting very interesting! Thanks to Jason Baptiste, co-founder of Weblogwire for sending along the information. Hey Jason, keep up the visibility and the PR for the PR! Maybe you’re next….

August Silicon Valley New Tech Meetup

I attended the Silicon Valley NewTech meetup this week at the new DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Gary offices in “East” Palo Alto.

Part of the new batch of technology networking events, SVNT spotlights new and and cool tech and Web 2.0 companies for an audience comprised of programmers, VCs, engineers, CxOs, VPs, and marketing professionals.

My Article on Blogger Relations Posted on Forward Moving Today

Blogging has grown to become a great “disruptor” for PR. For those who are unfamiliar with the clout many blogs carry today, it has substantially grown from random musings, personal experiences, and op eds to full blown reporting across every category you could imagine. Some have even become rock stars in their own right, with PR associates tripping over themselves trying to get their attention. Please jump to Forward for the rest of the article.

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On Air with "For Immediate Release" Regarding New Press Release Template

On Monday, I joined Shel Holtz on his popular For Immediate Release (FIR) podcast for his ongoing series regarding the New Media Release (NMR) lead by Chris Heuer of BrainJams and Tom Foremski of Silicon Valley Watcher (one of the most influential blogs in the U.S.). The podcast is available online at http://forimmediaterelease.biz/index.php/weblog/C5/

Rocketboom Tears Down the Wall (Map)

Yesterday on Rocketboom, host Joanne Colan surprised us with her closing statement, or actions rather, by turning around and ripping down the famous wall map that has served as the backdrop faithfully since episode one. Yes, we knew that this was inevitable – especially since this is Rocketboom 2.0.

News? Hardly. Fun? Sure.

The iMac of TV Entertainment

OK, well I know the headline is a bit misleading, but it’s the only thing I could think of when reviewing the new LT-2007 from OPPO Digital. It’s a gorgeous EDTV/DVD combo that features a 20-inch LCD screen with a built-in slot-loading DVD player.

It fuses style, modern design, and innovation. Encased in a slim, gorgeous, translucent case, this all-in-one work of art is perfect for bedrooms, dormitories, or even outdoor patios for a cozy movie night under the stars.

ABOUT ME

Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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