What it takes to be a leader

Listening to another HBR Ideacast (the podcast I recently subscribed to from Harvard Business School) I was struck by Marshall Goldsmith’s definition of leadership. (Goldsmith is the author of the Ask The Coach blog and the book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.) He says his research among 200 high performing leaders indicates […]


West Shell, ceo of Healthline, is now talking. He has taken the company during the last three years from 5 people to 80 people. Now it is the leading provider of health information in US he says and soon to be the world. Healthline Networks develops services which it first tries out on Healthline.com which […]

Lessons from this morning

It is quite revealing that all three of the businesses we have heard from this morning have built their businesses through partnerships and licensing. These are things which traditional media companies find really, really hard. For example Healthline is building out a vertical ad network where they traffic targeted ads to the network of sites […]

All Business

Kathy Yates, ceo of AllBusiness.com is now talking. She shows us her LinkedIn page and her Facebook page and describes herself “west coast digerati”. She says she first looked at Allbusiness in 2004. Her assessment? Good core audience of 200k users but with rudimentary publishing tools, and a notoriously difficult to reach segment – small […]

Affinity Labs – scaleable web portals

The day kicks of with Affinity Labs. CEO and founder Chris Michel is talking. He talks about how he started military.com in 1999 at the height of the boom. He raised $39m capital and wasted $25m, he says. Then, in 2000 the crunch came, the staff was cut from 80 people to 11 people. At […]

Demand Media buys Pluck

According to CNET Demand Media, the web community aggregator which bought Airliners.net last year has bought Pluck.  The report goes into some details about Demand’s plans, but it would be a pity if the functionality was removed from the broader market as a consequence of the deal. Technorati Tags: social media,Demand Media

IBM workers protest in Second Life

I missed this one. Apparently last September IBM’s Italian workers protested in Second Life about a recent pay deal. The protest focussed on the IBM business centre in Second Life and more than 1,850 people are said to have taken part. Perhaps the weirdest twist, though, is that the protest went on to win an […]

San Francisco

  Arrived at San Francisco airport in the sunshine – quite a relief after the lousy Easter weather we’ve been having. (View is from the aircraft window as we approached the runway). Nearly first off the plane and then no queues at passport control – and then a 45 minute wait for the driver who, […]

San Francisco innovation

Off to San Francisco tomorrow for a whistlestop tour of some innovative companies courtesy of the Reed Elsevier Innovation team. We’re going to be based in the J W Marriott in Post Street and will be hearing from Affinity Labs, Allbusiness and Healthline before heading off to Palo Alto to visit Media X and Palantir. […]

Incentivising the right behaviour

I’ve recently subscribed to a podcast called HBR Ideacast where luminaries from Harvard Business School talk to luminaries from elsewhere. Episode 76 which I was listening to on the drive home last night featured John Boudreau, the co-author of a book called Beyond HR, the new science of human capital. Mostly it was all just […]