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Ken Rutkowski
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Attended Western Illinois University
Lives in Marina del Rey, CA
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Pondering the end of the world right before bed time.
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Your kid is just too cute +Ken Rutkowski
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Silicon Valley's single degree of separation
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Some call it an ecosystem; others call it incestuous. In Silicon Valley every prominent player is just an adviser, an investor, a co-founder, an acquirer, or a director away from another. It's an industry worth trillions that operates like a small town. But to the professional meddler -- that is, activist investor -- a tight-knit community suggests something else: conflicts of interest.
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Perhaps, but is there a way to avoid this.  The Market of tech "makers" is small.  

I have met half the people in this circle, I assume you have met even more.  Thus I'm 1 degree from all of them.
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U2 Decline Letter
Bono's real name is Paul David Hewson and this is a decline letter from RSO Records. They had no interest in this new band called U2...
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How many A&R guys does it take to screw in a light bulb?
I don't know what do you think? I don't know what do you think?
I don't know what do you think? There was a big joke in the record industry in the 1980s especially that the best way to keep your A&R job was NOT to sign anyone...and try to take credit for the good acts later... #talent
Of course today they'd just release music straight onto youtube, tunecore,  etc..
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Father-Of-The-Bride Delivers A Wedding Speech That's Equal Parts Heartwarming And Hilarious
This father found the perfect way to give his daughter away to the man that she loves. In a speech that is both hysterical and tear-jerking, he tells everyone exactly why his baby girl is so special. I really wasn't prepared for all the emotions this put me through...
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how to make the happiest day of your child's life completely perfect.
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That's how you make a grown man cry...
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Marketers Really Don't Care About Tumblr
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Remember when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made a big splash and acquired Tumblr? The idea was that Tumblr had a large, young, growing audience. Yahoo, with its ad sales expertise would be able monetize that audience.

A survey of marketers by Social Bakers said Tumblr was the least important social property for marketing. Even lower than Google+. This means Yahoo is going to have to put in a lot of work to turn Tumblr into a big revenue generating property.
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surprised that linkedin isnt higher up the pile but then i guess it is a question of who your target is....
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The Ever Decreasing Lion Population
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You would think that we would do anything to protect the King of the Jungle, but the numbers show that the exact opposite is happening. The lion population has been dramatically decreasing for years now, and while most people recognize that their numbers aren't as high as they once were, this map is really a wake-up call. We need to do something about this, and quickly.

In 1950, over 400,000 lions roamed the Earth. In 2004, their global population was reduced to somewhere between 4% and 11% of what it once was... and ten years later, the numbers are definitely even lower. Habitat loss, hunting, and disease have all contributed to the dwindling numbers, but the challenge now is discovering what we can do to save them before they go from "threatened" to "extinct."
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The "Blue" Areas represent non-suburban zoos and wildlife parks.
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Reminds me of something you said recently +Steven Frischling.
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Finding a photo of myself from 1993, doing my first radio show from Wilmington Illinois. It's was every Friday at 9am - 10am. It was one of the first tech shows - when dial up was the only way most can get on the internet and Hayes modems were the in thing.
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Yours was the first voice that I heard over the internet. I enjoyed listening to your show and hearing updates about how smart your son was. .KenRadio, and the Web Talk Guys Rob and Dana Greenlee
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No Mars For Muslims
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Martian colonization is a risky proposition. So risky, in fact, that a group of Islamic leaders in the United Arab Emirates issued a religious ruling saying Muslims should not go to the Red Planet. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) ruling compares a Mars mission to suicide, and says that those who attempt it can expect the same consequences in the afterlife. In fact, GAIAE went so far as to claim that those seeking to escape God's judgment on Mars would be unable to do so, saying: "This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything."
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Progress and "going forward" is relative.
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How Samsung's New Phone Stack Up Against The Competition
Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, has officially arrived. Here's a quick look at how it compares to other flagship phones on the market today. Note: The prices listed reflect how much the phones cost with a two-year contract from wireless carriers.
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Forgot to mention all the bloatware that comes with Samsung as well..
Which is why I'm not with the Nexus 5
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  • METal International
    CEO / Founder, 2000 - present
  • Business Rockstars
    Co-Founder, 2011 - 2012
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    CEO / Host, 2000 - 2012
  • MET Ventures
    CEO, 2005 - 2012
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Introduction

Ken is an ideation, innovation, and collaboration catalyst; the connective tissue between change agents; and a community architect for doers shaping our future. He does this across multiple channels, including his syndicated radio show ‘Business Rockstars’ that is the insider’s guide to the global business leaders; his weekly, METal (Media, Entertainment and Technology Alpha Leaders) events that showcase the smartest thinkers to the bravest innovators throughout the world; and his tireless strategizing, networking and mentoring of strategic business partnerships remaking the digital economy. 

As a thought leader, networker and influencer across multiple industries, Ken has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC, Wired, Business Week, Asahi Shinbun, Bangkok Times, Finland Helsingin Sanomat, and dozens of other publications worldwide. 

He has been a featured presenter, speaker and moderator at technology and media conferences including Milken Institute Global Conference, The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), The National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), CTIA, National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), Digital Hollywood, Internet World, LA Games Conference, XMediaLab, GadgetFest, and Future of Television Conference. He has also spoken at the many of the most prestigious U.S. universities including Loyola, Northwestern, Illinois, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Berkeley, preparing the brightest minds for brilliant careers.

Connected, collaborative and catalytic, Ken moves effortlessly between industries, technologies and relationships, perfecting the human factor of the technology equation that daily defines our future.

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The Ultimate Super Connector
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I like Velveeta Cheese - please don't hate me...
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