Rightly or wrongly, I have always considered myself to be a writer. Have always enjoyed it. And have not worried about writing partial sentences like that one, because that is an aspect of my informal style -- an informal style that matches who I am. Spell-check be damned!
My official “professional” writing journey began 8 years ago on October 11, 2006 with my first words in this "Digital Media Update” blog. 1,400 posts over those years averages out to about 1 new post every 2 days. That’s a lot of early mornings. And a lot of coffee.
My first post focused on Google’s recent acquisition of YouTube. Not a bad place to start, given my continuing and accelerating writing about the over digital media/video transformation happening before our eyes. Back then, I wrote this about that GooTube 1-2 punch: "The deal certainly underscores the power of video over the Internet -- and the fact that consumers have fully embraced video over the Internet.” That was then, when most both in the “traditional” media and tech worlds scratched their heads at the $1.65 billion price tag. This is now (a recent post about the state of multi-platform media/video today) when no one does (although many today similarly scoff at Disney’s $500-$950 million acquisition of leading multi-channel network (MCN) Maker Studios, which itself may look like a bargain in the years to come).
Over the years, and in addition to my writing here, I have also accelerated the pace of my writing for other leading media and tech publications, including TechCrunch, Variety, Billboard, Venturebeat, The Huffington Post, Wired, VideoInk and others (a list of some of those articles can be found on my LinkedIn page). This has enabled me to extend my reach -- and hopefully add some insights to you and the overall conversation.
Speaking of LinkedIn -- and with this 1,400th post -- I have officially added the position and title of “Writer/Journalist” to my profile. And, that is no small thing. For me, that designation represents a core element of who I am. What I like to do.
As one example, in all of my spare time, I have begun to write my first book focused, of course, on media’s overall transformation over the past 15 years, during which time I have been fortunate to have a front-row seat to, and active participant in, this disruption with some of the pioneering companies who led the charge. I first spent a decade in major media companies when the Internet first commercially “hit.” Then, I served as President & COO of Musicmatch, a true innovator and white hat in the world of digital music amidst the storm of piracy and Apple’s early domination and near take-over of distribution. Next, together with Dmitry Shapiro, I pitched (unsuccessfully) YouTube’s vision before YouTube (Dmitry went on to take that vision into Veoh). After that immersion into digital video, I dived (dove?) deeper and first became CEO of video community/technology company SightSpeed which gave us all the power to communicate via live video chat before Skype video and when no one believed (except for Logitech, who ultimately bought us); and next, CEO of Sorenson Media, a key driver of the overall digital video revolution in the first place.
Now, here I am based professionally in LA, but doing the vast majority of my writing at my home in San Diego (no, I don’t commute every day). In my role as CEO of Manatt Digital Media (a role I love and deeply appreciate, by the way, because it ties it all together) I have deep access into the great minds and innovators who understand and actively lead the digital transformation about which I write. That’s a lot of deep insightful perspectives. Perspectives I process, synthesize, and ultimately transform into my own. Into my own voice.
For those of you who have followed me along the way, heart-felt thanks. It is appreciated. And, for those of you new to the ride, thanks for checking it out.
And, for all of you, please buy my book when I finish it!