Ben Kepes used to be a writer who did a bit of investing on the side. Today the enterprise tech influencer is an investor and advisor who does a bit of writing. Why the switch? "I was tired of being played," says Ben. "As journalists we get a very one-sided picture of what's happening."
Most PR pros study journalists but not the sites they work for. They miss a lot of insight that way. That's why we love spending time on SimilarWeb, a freemium site that lets you analyze basic audience metrics of any web brand. In February, using SimilarWeb, we studied stats from 15 leading tech news sites and learned a ton. This week we studied the same 15 titles and compared the results.
We learned much in our 15 meetings last week in Chicago and Washington, DC. For example, we learned that some clients live in a time warp. No, Tier 1 reporters don't want to travel to Timbuktu for your press conference or product demo. And only a reporter new to a beat has time for coffee. Also, what's with the quotas and ultimatums?
What do you do if you're an editor-in-chief and have reportorial superstars everywhere you look? That's the landscape for Connie Guglielmo, now halfway through her third year as EIC of CNet News. Ultimately, she told us in a recent SWMS interview, her job is to "look at opportunities and add value."
One week ago, TechCrunch showcased 23 lucky startups as part of TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield competition. The winner turned out to be an analytics company that helps gamers play better. The big news for PR -- how do TechCrunch reporters write about cool companies when their bosses say they're cool?
Once among the most powerful voices in the business, the Huffington Post no longer appears committed to tech editorial. Tech editor Damon Beres left in July for a deputy editor's job at Mashable and has not been replaced. "Tech" is no longer broken out on the HuffPo masthead.
Vauhini Vara is not your typical "target." You may remember her as among the first Wall Street Journal reporters to cover Facebook and Twitter. In 2008 she left WSJ for the University of Iowa and a Master's Degree in creative writing. In 2013 she launched the Currency blog at NewYorker.com and oversaw the site's business section.
James Niccolai has departed the IDG News Service to become director of content and media strategy for Bateman Group. Why did he leave IDG after almost 20 years? "I was ready for a change," James said in an email. "I've loved being a journalist but I didn't want to do the same thing all my life."
It's been a year since we last checked in on TechBeacon, the contributed content site produced by HP Enterprise. If you haven't pitched a contributor yet, it's time. "We're accepting applications but only a select few will be added at this stage," says a notice on the web site.
Recode has revamped Code Enterprise, turning the F2F event into two separate experiences. On Mon. Nov. 14 Recode will escort up to 40 attendees to "intriguing [Bay Area] companies that are reshaping the future of work." On Day 2, Recode co-founder Kara Swisher will interview enterprise tech executives from Google, Twilio, Slack and other companies.
Have you ever wanted to really stick it to a reporter? That's what Twitter communications exec Nu Wexler did this week. On Monday, BuzzFeed senior technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz sent a private message to someone familiar with Twitter Engineering, presumably a current employee. Alex asked this person for an off-the-record interview.