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Best things about working as a journalist? The freedom to ask any question (sometimes more than once), and the opportunity to learn new things from every assignment.

Here's a selection of stories from the past few years; it's not updated all that regularly, though I do try to link to most new articles from my blog.

Boston Globe | Fast Company | Salon | Wired Magazine | New York Times | Variety | San Jose Mercury News | Los Angeles Times | San Francisco Chronicle | Newsweek | Boston Magazine | Release 1.0 | Boston Globe Sunday Magazine | The Hollywood Reporter | Wired News | CIO Magazine | The Industry Standard (Defunct)


> Boston Globe

  • Innovation Economy
    My current weekly column for the Globe's business section.

  • @large
    My weekly column on the New England tech and biotech communities, "@large," ran from February 2000 to November 2005. This is an archive of the first two years.

  • Can the Bay State still make the big time?
    One of the most pressing questions facing Massachusetts is how to cultivate, and keep, a new generation of billion-dollar companies. Much depends on the venture-capital community. But our new governor has a role to play too.
    Boston Globe "Ideas" section - January 7, 2007

  • 'Biomimetics' researchers inspired by the animal world
    Animal kingdom inspires new breed of robots
    Boston Globe - June 2003

  • Building Ideas
    Massachusetts research labs lay a foundation for the next wave of growth
    Boston Globe - September 2002

  • Making a list
    For some, online registries take the mystery - and the misery - out of holiday gift-giving
    Boston Globe - November 2001

  • The Boston Boomlet era
    The heady days of a tech revolution have gone bust. Now, the stage is set for a reinvention based less on runaway success than on small, prudent steps.
    Boston Globe - September 2001


> Fast Company

  • Adobe Idol
    In American Idol fashion, product managers unveil new concepts in front of a panel of colleagues they hardly know, looking to gain traction for their ideas. This is Adobe's Champion Showcase, a quarterly event in which the company plans to rev up innovation.
    Fast Company - May 2007

  • It's Alive!
    Bringing a new, improved third dimension to a theater near you.
    Fast Company - July/August 2006

  • The Logic of Lock-In
    HD DVD and Blu-ray are set to battle for your bucks. It won't be pretty.
    Fast Company - May 2006

  • Virtual Assistance
    Two services that promise to help integrate your cell phone, landline, and email.
    Fast Company - April 2006

  • Being There
    DreamWorks Animation couldn't find a videoconferencing system that made CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg happy--so it built its own.
    Fast Company - January 2006

  • The eBay of Programmers
    Rent A Coder matches projects with software developers from around the world.
    Fast Company - January 2006

  • Maverick Mogul
    As he builds his own digital version of the vertically integrated movie studio, Broadcast.com founder Mark Cuban is questioning everything about the business--and naturally ticking a lot of people off.
    Fast Company - December 2005

  • Sweating in the Hot Zone
    Imagine what life would be like if your product were never finished, if your work were never done, if your market shifted 30 times a day. The computer-virus hunters at Symantec don't have to imagine.
    Fast Company - October 2005

  • Who's Zooming You?
    You're out there. On the Web, there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of references to you -- in company newsletters, college alumni notes, and friends' blogs. (As a tech writer, I'm especially promiscuous: Googling my name turns up 10,700 results.) So how can you monitor and manage your online reputation?
    Fast Company - August 2005

  • 60 Seconds with Evan Williams
    Evan Williams's Pyra Labs helped kick-start the personal publishing revolution with Blogger, the first user-friendly software for running a Web log. In 2003, Pyra was snapped up by Google, and Williams became the search giant's blogger-in-chief. Now Williams has founded Odeo, aiming to do for podcasting -- think of downloadable radio programming for your iPod -- what Pyra did for blogs. His bet: Your neighbor might be the next Howard Stern.
    Fast Company - July 2005

  • Four Leaders You Need to Know
    They may not be CNBC regulars, but this fab four represent what's needed today: CEOs with vision who also aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.
    Fast Company - February 2005

  • Green Power
    Thanks to soaring fuel prices, lots of creative energy is being applied to alternative energy. The time may finally have come for these three champions of on-the-verge technologies.
    Fast Company - December 2004

  • One Tough Assignment
    When CEO Ed Breen took over at Tyco, he fired the very board that had hired him. And that was just the start.
    Fast Company - September 2004

  • Time (Zone) Travelers
    It's becoming the essential competitive edge: the ability to hopscotch the globe, switching countries, cultures, and languages as easily as the rest of us change clothes. Meet some folks who are really living the borderless life.
    Fast Company - August 2004

  • Something Phish-y
    Fighting phishing, the online scam that could leave you with a big hole in your pocket
    Fast Company - August 2004

  • GE Smackdown!
    Jeffrey Immelt and Jack Welch go toe-to-toe
    Fast Company - July 2004

  • Poof! Movie Magic
    Think technology has transformed filmmaking? Hold onto your Raisinets. The summer movie season will bring some eye-popping, digitized, computerized extravaganzas that take the talkies to a whole new level.
    Fast Company - May 2004

  • Fantastic Voyage
    Cyberonics' medical implant is the size of a chocolate-chip cookie, and it could--could--be worth $2.8 billion someday. But as this dramatic tale of innovation and entrepreneurship shows, saving lives can be one tough business.
    Fast Company - April 2004

  • Networking Overload
    Meet "snam," the junk email generated by social networking.
    Fast Company - April 2004

  • Hold the Phone
    Internet telephony is cheap: "The economics finally make sense." But as more and more companies are discovering, it also can let you do some nifty things. Voice over Internet protocol technology is keeping workers--in hospitals, Wall Street brokerages, law firms, even National Basketball Association franchises--connected as never before.
    Fast Company - March 2004

  • Some Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines
    They won't end up in every garage, but a new generation of low-cost "personal" jets could really take off. Tiny Adam Aircraft is racing to be first on the runway.
    Fast Company - November 2003

  • 5 Technologies That Will Change the World
    It's hard to believe in advances that are poised to change the world when everyone's just trying to survive. But these tireless innovators are developing technologies that are making the future worth looking forward to again.
    Fast Company - September 2003

  • Catch Me If You Can
    The hunt for an eBay scammer. Jay Nelson ripped off buyers on eBay and Yahoo until the Feds put him behind bars. We catch up with him in prison, where he'll be until 2007.
    Fast Company - August 2003

    Also in that issue: How eBay Fights Fraud

  • Are You Insperienced?
    Whirlpool cooks up a new shopping experience.
    Fast Company - July 2003

  • Song's Start-up Flight Plan
    How does an established corporate giant (in this case, Delta Air Lines) respond to disastrous economic circumstances and the rise of a new breed of competitors that operate by different rules? By creating a whole new operation (in this case, Song) that runs by those rules, and then trying to fly beyond the competition.
    Fast Company - June 2003

    Also in that issue: To help ensure an on-time departure...

  • Would You Like a Mortgage With Your Mocha?
    Who says banking has to be dull? Not the executives at ING Direct, who are banking on powerful technology and clever marketing to make a radical change in an industry that needs it.
    Fast Company - March 2003

  • Moguls with a Mission
    Tim and Diane Mueller are king ( and queen ) of the mountain. They run one of the country's most admired independent ski areas: a resort with a devoted following that maintains close ties to the community and -- surprise! -- makes money in a notoriously unforgiving business.
    Fast Company - January 2003

  • Stelios Makes Growth Look Easy
    Stelios Haji-Ioannou, known throughout Europe by his first name, provides cheap travel for the masses. His formula for business success? It's easy -- as in easyJet, easyCar, even easyCinema. Just slash costs, maximize publicity, and "sweat the assets."
    Fast Company - November 2002

  • How to Get Bad News to the Top
    If you think that what you don't know can't hurt you, you haven't been reading the papers.
    Fast Company - September 2002

  • Can TiVo Go Prime Time?
    TiVo Inc. has what every young company dreams of: smart executives, a killer product, famous ( and fanatical ) customers, a huge potential market. But is it a business? Will it ever be? And if a company as savvy as TiVo can't break through, who can? A case study in the promise -- and perils -- of innovation.
    Fast Company - August 2002

  • Brand Marketing: Guinness
    How do you refresh a 243-year-old brand? By brewing a modern experience that combines the power of history with the allure of contemporary design. Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin, reimagines how a brand can perform for customers, employees, and the community
    Fast Company - May 2002

  • Recipe for Reinvention
    Pret A Manger is a London-based company with ambitions to revolutionize that uniquely American institution: the fast-food restaurant. Its sandwiches taste great -- and its growth strategy offers plenty of food for thought.
    Fast Company - April 2002

  • Scared Straight
    Worrying about the right threats makes you smart. Worrying about the wrong threats leaves you vulnerable. Security expert Robert Oatman wants to keep you scared straight.
    Fast Company - January 2002

  • Banking on Tomorrow
    The best way to prepare for the future is to see it come to life before your eyes. That's why executives from the world's leading financial-services companies come play at the Merlin Center.
    Fast Company - October 2001

  • Fear: The Next Growth Business?
    What recession? Last week, at the conference of the American Society for Industrial Security, companies showed off mission-critical technologies and wrestled with the challenges of hypergrowth. A dispatch from the front lines of the anxiety economy.
    FastCompany.com - October 2001

  • Future Tense: X Internet
    A posse of visionaries think that they've cornered the culprit who is responsible for the Internet's stalled growth and narrowed sense of opportunity: It's the "reload" button on your browser.
    Fast Company - October 2001

  • How to Stay on the Move ... When the World Is Slowing Down
    It's hard to remember a less-inviting time to have a great idea for a new company or to champion new ideas to change a big company. But leaders who think big aren't willing to downsize their ambitions -- they just have to work a little harder ( and smarter ).
    Fast Company - July 2001

  • Seattle Reboots Its Future
    The leaders of the city that Bill Boeing and Bill Gates built are asking what it will take to thrive in the 21st century.
    Fast Company - May 2001

  • Digital RX
    When leaders of the Detroit Medical Center launched a major financial turnaround two years ago, they saw that they had a big money problem. Here's how the DMC is using digital remedies to treat its fiscal condition
    Fast Company - May 2001

  • The New Lure of Internet Marketing
    Web sites need customers -- they just can't spend to get them. The result: marketing schemes in which companies don't pay until customers do. Welcome to the Kickback Economy.
    Fast Company - January 2001

  • Who's Fast: Mary McCormick
    Mary McCormick is finding ingenious ways to apply Internet connections to urban problems -- from combating domestic violence to filling potholes. But the most important job of a social entrepreneur, she believes, is connecting people.
    Fast Company - December 2000

  • Design Principal
    Bruce Mau's influential studio works with a roster of world-renowned clients. But its most enduring contribution may be to the theory and practice of design itself -- from what kinds of projects are worth taking on to how to design for creative growth.
    Fast Company - October 2000

  • Experience Required
    It's the new mantra of strategy and marketing: If you want to keep your customers' attention, you've got to deliver a compelling experience. Bob Rogers and his colleagues are designing those experiences.
    Fast Company - October 2000

  • Faster Company
    The leaders of IBM's 100,000-person IT staff knew that their team had many strengths. But the team also had one big weakness: It was too slow. Thus was born a group of change agents dedicated to speeding up big blue.
    Fast Company - May 2000

  • How to Find Your Future
    "Your biggest competitor is your own view of the future," argues one of two new books, both devoted to helping business leaders build companies and design lives that reflect the confusing realities of the new economy.
    Fast Company - April 2000

  • Collision Course
    What happens when the defining industry of the old economy meets the defining medium of the new economy? Meet the in-the-trenches change agents who are working to reinvent Ford, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
    Fast Company - January 2000

  • Digital Competition - Laurie Tucker
    "Our customers are moving at Internet speed, so they need us to respond at Internet speed."
    Fast Company - December 1999

  • The Customer Experience
    Forget faster or cheaper. The Web challenges you to rethink the most basic relationship in business: the one between you and your customers.
    Fast Company - September 1999

  • Dorothy Lane Loves Its Customers
    Do you love your best customers so much that you'll fire your lousy customers? Dorothy Lane Markets does. Here's a cutting-edge lesson in service and loyalty from a gutsy grocer in Dayton, Ohio.
    Fast Company - June 1999

  • First Companies Are Serious Business
    Finding a perfect first job sometimes means starting a first company.
    Fast Company - June 1999

  • The Ultimate Guide to Internet Deals
    Companies that want to make it big on the Net have to learn how to make deals fast. Here are hands-on lessons and real-world stories from some of the Web's best deal makers.
    Fast Company - May 1999

  • Your Ad Here
    FC visits the Miami Ad School
    Fast Company - Feb/March 1999

  • Conference-commando field manual (Sidebar: Commando briefing)
    Don't think of your next conference as a company-sponsored vacation. Think of it as an assault on the future.
    Fast Company - January 1999

  • These executives love risk
    Executive Risk is the anti-insurance company
    Fast Company - January 1999

  • Designed for Innovation
    PBCC used to be a big, boring division of Pitney Bowes. Now it's a new-product powerhouse. What's the secret?
    Fast Company - November 1998

  • Hire Today, Gone Tomorrow?
    The real goal is to keep great people working with you, even after they've stopped working for you.
    Fast Company - August 1998

  • Total Teamwork
    SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania, is the 'total teamwork' agenda-setter
    Fast Company - Apr/May 1998

  • Want to Grow? Hire a Shrink!
    Weekly sessions with a psychiatrist help fast-growing NECX cope with change.
    Fast Company - Dec/Jan 1998


> Salon

  • "Don't call it the nerd Oscars"
    There's no bling, no limo gridlock and only one famous face -- but one night celebrates the techies who make our movies better.
    Salon - February 21, 2006

  • Missing the hybrid moment
    Fixated on an elusive hydrogen future, Detroit carmakers are letting Japan waltz in and grab a market that could explode.
    Salon - December 1, 2004

  • Drive-in Summer
    Why I fell in love with shooting stars, vans a-rockin' and watching a big screen from the back seat.
    Salon - November 1, 2000

  • Old School is Oddly Cool
    Surprise. Stodgy Harvard Business School covers Net companies better than those screaming Net headline services..
    Salon - September 5, 2000

  • Digital Deprivation
    Is it possible to survive one week marooned with a $99 Internet appliance?
    Salon - July 12, 2000

  • The Insta-Business Plan Re-Strategizer!
    The market is skittish and IPOs are being postponed: Time to rejigger your B-plan! Our foolproof guide shows you the way.
    Salon - April 14, 2000

  • Frequently-Asked Questions to End the Millennium
    Uncertainty surrounds a bug that could cause computers to confuse the year 2000 with 1900. This FAQ will do nothing to change that.
    Salon - December 27, 1999

  • Do you have what it takes?
    "Bootcamp for Startups" enlists plenty of entrepreneurs looking to be whipped into shape.
    Salon - October 8, 1999

  • The Modest Inventor
    Weaving the Web holds the promise of a fascinating tell-all book about how Tim Berners-Lee created the Web -- but it just doesn't tell all that much.
    Salon - September 15, 1999

> Wired Magazine

  • The Chaos of Joshua Davis
    He's a punk, a provocateur, the bad boy of Web design. They call him the Jackson Pollock of the Internet age. He calls them a few choice four-letter words. But everyone from BMW to the Tate Modern wants a piece of him.
    Wired - March 2006

  • The Sound of Money
    Accentus' software - which costs $12,500 per seat plus $350 a month for each user - relies on an orchestra pit full of instruments to convey complex information.
    Wired - January 2005

  • The Robot Air Corps
    Never send a human to do a droid's job.
    Wired - October 2003

  • Rebuilding Tomorrowland
    For 50 years, Disney's Imagineers have put the tech magic in the Magic Kingdom. Now economic pressures are bringing the grand ambitions back down to earth, where it's a smaller world after all.
    Wired - December 2002

  • The Dirtiest Word in Politics: Businessman
    Explaining away the layoffs, tax dodges, and fraud
    Wired - October 2002

  • Citizen Plane
    One of the pioneers of personal computing has a plan to reinvent aviation. Now if he can just get the future of flying off the ground ...
    Wired - July 2002

  • Peripherals, LiteBrite-Style
    Must Read: Ambient Devices' new glow lights for data
    Wired - February 2002

  • Bubble Vision
    Must Read: Actuality Systems' high-res, walk-around 3-D display
    Wired - October 2001

  • Breakout Artist
    Dean Kamen, multimillionaire inventrepreneur, is going global with a robochair that climbs stairs, a miracle motor that fights disease, and his wildest notion of all - that scientists will be the 21st century's superstars.
    Wired - September 2000

  • Are You Experienced?
    From Anheuser-Busch's exclusive tropical paradise to VW's 3-D marketing brandland, the personalized theme park is here.
    Wired - July 2000

  • All the News That's Fit to Pixel
    Martin Nisenholtz made headlines by taking The New York Times digital without triggering an old media/new media war. But now it's time for the IPO.
    Wired - February 2000

  • Non-profit Motive
    The new breed of Silicon Valley philanthropists would make Mother Teresa crunch the numbers. Call it virtue capital.
    Wired - September 1999

  • Venture Verite: United Parcel Service
    Can an old-style bureaucratic giant give birth to a hot Net startup?
    Wired - September 1999

  • Edifice Complex
    The academic rivalry between two prestigious MIT lab directors will soon be fought with bulldozers.
    Wired - September 1999

  • The Player
    David Wetherell explains why the Web is a no-risk investment.
    Wired - June 1999

  • Express Lane
    Find customers, take orders, lug deliveries, eke profits -- selling groceries online is a crazy idea that'll make somebody millions.
    Wired - May 1999

  • Murder by Internet
    Chris Marquis was a 17-year-old Vermont hustler running a small-time scam online. His virtual business was going great - until somebody killed him.
    Wired - December 1998

  • The Legend of Bob Metcalfe
    Father of Ethernet, founder of 3Com, in-demand author, pundit, and conference host, Bob Metcalfe is overcommitted and then some.
    Wired Magazine - November 1998

  • Organization Woman
    Law professor Tamar Frankel has got what it takes to untangle the Net's domain name mess.
    Wired Magazine - October 1998

  • Moody Furballs and the Developers Who Love Them
    It smiles. It sneezes. It sings. It never shuts up. It's the toy that will make you forgive Barney.
    Wired Magazine - September 1998

  • Hacking the Magic
    The exclusive underground tour of Disney World.
    Wired Magazine - March 1998

  • Please Quote Me On That
    How Forrester Research and Jupiter Communications vie for ink.
    Wired Magazine - September 1997


> NY Times

  • All the World's a Stage (That Includes the Internet)
    As video sites look for ways to attract higher-quality content, they are dangling cash, usually offering to cut creators in on the advertising revenue their work generates.
    NY Times "Circuits" section - February 15, 2007

  • Some Bling for Your Blog
    Widgets offer peripheral information and fun at the side of sites.
    NY Times "Circuits" section - January 18, 2007

  • Studios Shift to Digital Movies, but Not Without Resistance
    Every weekend through the summer, big-budget movies compete for dominance at the box office. On movie sets, a quieter sort of contest is taking place as a handful of companies are angling to have their digital movie cameras used to capture the action, supplanting the traditional 35-millimeter film camera.
    NY Times business section - July 24, 2006

  • Camera. Action. Edit. Now, Await Reviews.
    While sites like YouTube and Veoh have lately become popular for allowing users to share their self-produced videos, Jumpcut is part of a new class of sites that also offer simple tools for stringing together video clips and then adding soundtracks, titles, transitions and unusual visual effects.
    NY Times "Circuits" section - June 15, 2006

  • Now playing: Your home video
    Several new Web sites allow camcorder Coppolas and cell phone Scorceses to share their work
    NY Times "Circuits" section - October 27, 2005

  • They're Robots? Those Beasts!
    Creatures from lobsters to snakes inspire mechanical mimics, suited to tasks
    NY Times "Circuits" section - September 16, 2004

  • Member-Only Ski Areas: No Crowds
    It's a small but flourishing segment of the ski industry: membership-based ski areas.
    NY Times "Escapes" section - February 20, 2004

  • Wind Power's New Current
    A high-tech update makes windmills more efficient, changing the energy equation.
    NY Times "Circuits" section - August 28, 2003

  • Forget About J. Lo. These Paparazzi Are After a BMW.
    They're known as spy photographers, the auto industry's version of paparazzi, and they get paid anywhere from $100 to several thousand dollars for a picture, depending on the amount of interest in a particular car and the quality of the image.
    NY Times "Escapes" section - April 4, 2003

  • Making Robots, with Dreams of Henry Ford
    IRobot is perhaps the only company in the world that develops and sells robots to the military, researchers, large corporations, and consumers.
    NY Times "Circuits" section - December 26th, 2002

  • High-Tech Tools Turn Private Cockpits Into Toy Fairs
    A wave of new technologies are making their way into the cockpits of private airplanes
    NY Times "Circuits" section - July 25th, 2002

  • Eyeing the Score, Wrench in Hand
    High Schools Vie to Build a Robotic Champ
    NY Times "Circuits" section - April 18th, 2002

  • Making Better Toys and Jumbo Jets by Sharing the Rough Draft
    Making changes to three-dimensional objects and beaming them to colleagues around the world is becoming as easy as altering a sentence in a shared word-processing document.
    NY Times "E-Business" section - November 5, 2001


> Variety


> San Jose Mercury News

  • On the Web, audience size matters
    In the Web 2.0 era, we're all publishers and broadcasters - from the 14-year old with a MySpace page, to the 34-year-old who's started a blog on state and local politics, to the octogenarian jazz buff who records a weekly podcast from his retirement home. As a result, many of us have become obsessed with audience metrics of our own, seeking a tally of how many people we're reaching as something of a touchstone - an indicator of our influence, popularity, or coolness.
    Perspective section - May 27, 2007

  • Bloggers' choice: Free agents, or infomercials?
    Bloggers need to consider adapting some of the ethics and disclosure practices that guide traditional print and broadcast outlets.
    Perspective section - February 4, 2007

  • As technology advances, new products keep growing more complex
    On the eve of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which begins Monday in Las Vegas, I've been thinking about the first television remote control I ever used.
    Perspective section - January 7, 2007

  • As online viewing booms, the amateurs give way to big media
    Whenever a new technology makes personal expression easier -- from desktop publishing in the 1980s to video sharing in 2006 -- denizens of Silicon Valley leap to the same conclusion: Finally, amateurs will triumph over those self-satisfied professionals, kicking aside the titans of the publishing industry/music industry/movie industry/TV industry.
    Perspective section - December 3, 2006

  • Digital Media at Crossroad
    Will the next few years be dominated by a law-and-order strategy that seeks to protect today's revenue sources from digital threats, or instead by a creative exploration of new business opportunities?
    Perspective section - July 3, 2005

  • This Could Be a Beautiful Friendship
    While movie moguls in southern California are popping Pepcids and worrying that their connection to their audience is dissolving, companies in northern California are devising new technologies and services - from TiVo to Netflix to Open Media Network to Apple's iTunes Music Store - that deliver content in a new way.
    Perspective section - December 18, 2005


> Los Angeles Times


> San Francisco Chronicle

  • Has Apple Switched Sides?
    Apple is aligning itself with Big Media, rather than the ingenious individual.
    Open Forum page - November 16, 2005


> Newsweek

  • How Do You Spell Value?
    Metrics: Technologists used to look for innovation. Now they want return on investment
    Newsweek "Enterprise" section - June 10, 2002

  • Big Biz - After Gym
    Case Study: How New Hampshire teens learned to reinvent their game company
    Newsweek "Enterprise" section - May 13, 2002

  • Building a 'Radar for Everyday Products'
    A new technology reinvents the bar code to track goods and change the basics of retail
    Newsweek "Enterprise" section - March 18, 2002


> Boston Magazine

  • Super Nova
    Highland Capital's Dan Nova transformed a cluster of start-ups -- from Lycos to MapQuest to Ask Jeeves -- into a galaxy of stars. In the process, he has carved out a reputation as Boston's can't-lose Internet venture capitalist.
    Boston - April 2000

  • David Wetherell's Excellent @Venture
    From the media and entertainment world to Wall Street, David Wetherell is building the companies that will rule the Internet. A rare, in-depth look at the billionaire who is changing the way the world does business.
    Boston - September 1999

  • Net Prophet
    Strategic Interactive Group's Kathy Biro is the most powerful woman in Boston's technology community.
    Boston - June 1999

  • A Start-Up is Born
    Four your Turks out of MIT hope to ride their Internet launch, Frictionless Commerce, to a hot and heavy IPO finish. All they need now is Version 2.0, a little buzz, and a big angel.
    Boston - April 1999

  • Boston's Techno Tribe
    Boston's cyberworld is alive and kicking again -- less than a decade after the fall of giants like Digital, Data General, and Wang.
    Boston - March 1999


> Release 1.0

  • Reinventing TV: Network TV Signs Off. Networked TV Logs On. (PDF document)
    The hermetically sealed world of television is about to be cracked open and rewired, transformed into an open publishing platform as a variety of new devices and services emerge to make independent video content easier - and perhaps even profitable - to produce and distribute to smaller subsets of the population.
    Release 1.0 newsletter - May 2005


> Boston Globe Sunday Magazine

  • The Futurist
    Inventor and author Ray Kurzweil is 56 and, as he talks about in his new book, planning to live a long time. Forever, actually.
    Boston Globe Sunday Magazine - October 31, 2004

  • YankeeIngenuity.com
    'New(er) England' Special Section - November 7, 1999

  • Let's do launch
    So much venture capital, so little time.
    'The Buzztonians' Special Section - June 20, 1999

  • Fending off the Frenzy
    'New Frontiers' Special Section - May 23, 1999


> The Hollywood Reporter

  • Digital do-it-yourself
    From financing to marketing and distribution, savvy filmmakers are using the internet to take control of how their films are made and seen.
    Hollywood Reporter - Leadership special issue - November 13, 2006

  • Vision Test
    Researchers at USC are plotting to revive Cinerama using high-definition digital projectors. Walt Disney Imagineers are melding computer animation with live performances to create interactive movies. Seattle entrepreneurs Mark and Katie Stern are bringing to the general public the sort of screening-room experience that studio chieftains enjoy, with pristine digital projection, Tempur-Pedic seats and refreshments delivered by hand at specific times during the show.
    Hollywood Reporter - `Future of Entertainment' special issue - September 26, 2006

  • The Final Frontier
    "Interoperability,"unlike "revenue," "points" or "nomination," is not a particularly sexy word, but achieving it could be crucial to convincing consumers to adopt the next generation of digital media technology.
    Hollywood Reporter - `Future of Entertainment' special issue - September 26, 2006

  • Jonathan Rothbart and Stuart Maschwitz: The Orphanage
    Two entrepreneurs see the convergence of visual effects and animation.
    Hollywood Reporter - `Future of Entertainment' special issue - September 26, 2006

  • Win, Lose or Draw: Siggraph 2006
    The field of computer animation is having a "Sorcerer's Apprentice" moment. Like bucket-toting brooms from the 1940 Walt Disney Co. classic "Fantasia," animation firms are replicating at a frenzied rate nationwide, each angling to challenge the dominance of the Big Three producers of child-friendly digital features: Disney's Pixar division, DreamWorks Animation and Fox's Blue Sky Studios.
    Hollywood Reporter - July 28, 2006

  • The Big Pixel
    Digital cinematography, during its formative years, had much in common with kryptonite: It was mysterious and dangerous, as far as most mainstream directors and cinematographers were concerned.
    Hollywood Reporter - June 13, 2006

  • `Bubble,' `Bubble,' Toil and Trouble
    If the annual ShoWest gathering in Las Vegas has acquired a reputation as a showcase for summer releases and a schmoozefest for the exhibitors who depend on them, this year, it might resemble a political rally, complete with a party platform: Save the Windows.
    Hollywood Reporter - March 13, 2006

  • Mad Hot Boardroom
    Henry Winterstern and Ruth Vitale met in a fairly standard Los Angeles way: This past August, Vitale, a co-founder of Paramount Classics, stopped by a table at Ago restaurant in West Hollywood, where friends of hers happened to be having dinner with Winterstern, a relatively new arrival to Hollywood who was in the process of merging Capital Entertainment and First Look Media.
    Hollywood Reporter - January 18, 2006

  • Inspecting Gadgets
    It doesn't take Michael Phillips long to tally the movies he has seen during the decade he has attended the Sundance Film Festival: one, sort of.
    Hollywood Reporter - January 18, 2006

  • Agents of Change
    'New' is a word that takes some getting used to in Hollywood, but it's the risk-takers who are ensuring the future of the business.
    Hollywood Reporter - Leadership special issue - November 14, 2005

  • EchoStar at 25
    Innovative marketing and new technology help the satellite service provider stay competitive.
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  • Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back
    Reebok was one of the first brands to talk about the Net. But Roger Wood is one of the few at the company talking about e-commerce.
    Industry Standard - October 11, 1999

  • Herman Miller in the Hot Seat
    At the risk of alienating distributors and dealers, Herman Miller is starting an ambitious campaign to sell furniture on the Web.
    Industry Standard - February 15, 1999

  • Click Here for Free Stock
    The founders of online bargain-vacation finder Travelzoo are pioneering a new technique in Web site promotion: giving away three free shares of company stock to anyone who stops by and signs up.
    Industry Standard - July 15, 1998

  • Community Sites' Counting Methods Don't Add Up
    How many members do sites like Tripod and GeoCities have? Depends on how you slice the numbers.
    Industry Standard - April 30, 1998