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"The trademark of the boomer was that they wanted familiarity, safety, and comfort ... what we’re finding is that the next-generation consumer wants the exact opposite of what we’re delivering."
— Wolfgang Lindlbauer , chief discipline leader, global operations at Marriott International.
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"Your own people are laughing at you, sir."
— SnapCar founder Dave Ashton , in an open letter to French President François Hollande about his handling protests against Uber
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"Fortunately, Michelle had hers."
President Obama, recounting how his credit card had been rejected at a tony New York restaurant as possible fraud.
President Obama, recounting how his credit card had been rejected at a tony New York restaurant as possible fraud.
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"Of course, now I know it's possible."
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (retired) , who successfully executed an emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan, New York City five years ago today, asked on Face The Nation whether he thought he could do such...
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (retired), who successfully executed an emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan, New York City five years ago today, asked on Face The Nation whet...
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"If it were legal, I would buy a boatload of Apple stock. This thing is going to be really big."
Candidate Barack Obama , after getting a sneak peek at the still-secret iPhone in 2007. 
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"When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so."
Pope Francis , declaring that theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real.
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"Vision without execution is just hallucination. You gotta have teams of people who have great visionaries, but also people who can get things done. It's when you combined the imagination of humans with the processing power of machines — that's where the real innovation comes."
Walter Isaacson , on innovation (interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning)
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"Do you go want me to go further?"
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio , unzipping his jacket to reveal the layers he wore to an inquiring news crew as he shoveled snow in front of his Brooklyn home dumped in a massive blizzard his third day in office.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, unzipping his jacket to reveal the layers he wore to an inquiring news crew as he shoveled snow in front of his Brooklyn home dumped in a massive blizzard his third day in office.
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Senior Editor, LinkedIn
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Before joining LinkedIn I was a journalist at two of the world's most impactful media brands during the most innovative period for journalism since Gütenberg. Now, I've joined a third -- and the innovation has just begun. 

Most recently I was Wired's New York Bureau Chief and launched Wired Opinion. Before that I spent 26 years at Reuters, where my career was evenly split between pre-and post-Internet. Pre, I was a reporter, editor and bureau chief. Post, I built the Internet's first real-time news feed, created Reuters' multimedia desk and was the founding editor of reuters.com.

When I started at Reuters the Portabubble was the road warrior's tool of choice. My first mobile reporting tool was a TRS-200. Now I won't leave home without a smartphone and a tablet — laptop optional, so nimble have become mobile devices.

I have been a reporter, correspondent, editor and a bureau chief and a consultant on journalism best practices. I started Reuters New Media’s first joint venture and was running the Reuters/Variety Entertainment Report out of Daily Variety in Hollywood when, in the early '90s, the Internet started being something you didn't just see in quotes. 

The day Mosaic was released was positively life affirming, in a Roy Neary sort of way. It was clear that the world was changing at either a frightening or an exhilarating pace, and that I had to be part of it.

A chance to help create the original reuters.com was my ticket across the digital divide. But in going from mainstream to online was more a pivot than a leap.

The "old days" were punctuated with all sorts of soul-searching, student congress-esque debates on "new media journalism" and the new ethics, practices and roles.

A few things became resoundingly clear to me:
* Good journalism has nothing to do with the medium.
* If the medium is the message, you're not doing it right.
* Nothing is more important than aspiring to be correct.
Education
  • New York University
    Philosophy/Politics, 1974 - 1979
  • Stuyvesant High School
    1971 - 1974
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