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Simon Owens
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A really good explanation of who holds to purse strings at venture capital funds
Last weekend, Danielle Morrill, CEO of Mattermark, tweeted up a storm of solid advice for startups looking to raise inve…
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Time for a bunch of think pieces on how blogging is making a comeback
"We missed the kind of writing it represents. We missed the kind of audience engagement it represents."
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It's not just the Fat Jew. The internet is experiencing a joke theft epidemic.
Josh Ostrovsky paid his dues in the trenches of Internet fame. He got a wacky haircut and called himself “The Fat Jew.” He performed as a novelty rapper. He judged a wet T-shirt contest for pregnant women. He emceed a Mike’s Hard Lemonade product launch. He staged a SoulCycle session...
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Apparently a co-founder of StumbleUpon is also a co-founder of Uber
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An Amazon employee went on maternity leave, found out she had cancer, and found herself under performance review when she returned to work. 
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Are cheaters exposed in the Ashley Madison hack deserving of public scorn? Glenn Greenwald says they aren't.
We love to think of ourselves as so progressive and advanced, yet so often leap at the opportunity to intervene and wallow in, and pass judgment on, the private sexual choices of other adults.
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Something tells me that as ad blocking accelerates, we're also going to see a quicker ascension of native advertising
Online publishers and mobile advertising companies are bracing for Apple Inc.’s enabling of ad-blocking on its mobile devices, which they say could pose a significant risk to their businesses.
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I've had some really bad recruiters reach out to me on LinkedIn recently, so I created a PSA for them
  If you have a profile on LinkedIn and have taken the time to upload your résumé and list all your technical skillsets, then chances are you receive somewhat regular inquiries from recruiters who have leveraged the social network’s premium...
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I had no idea the magazine Scientific American has been around for 170 years
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"it’s like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots"
When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and analyzed it to find out how many actual women were using Ashley Madison, and who they were.
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"Times users are twice as likely to become paid subscribers if they signed up for a newsletter first"
The Times discussed its approach to newsletters, some of which are getting open rates topping 70 percent.
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Will podcast advertising be as effective if it's not read out loud by the hosts?
Can podcasts maintain the intimacy of host-read ads while automating the advertising process?
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Content and social media marketer
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Blogging, journalism, html, marketing, social media marketing, Public relations, PR,
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  • Benefit Administration for the Self-Employed, LLC
    Content and Social Media Marketing Consultant, 2014 - present
  • US News and World Report
    Assistant Managing Editor, 2012 - 2013
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    Director of PR, 2011 - 2012
  • Levick
    Director of Digital Content, 2013 - 2014
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Washington, DC
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Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania
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Simon Owens is a longtime journalist, marketer, and PR professional. He began his career as a newspaper reporter covering local government in Virginia. In 2008, he moved to Washington, DC to work at a marketing agency while simultaneously serving as an associate editor at PBS’ MediaShift. He has conducted PR, content marketing, and social media strategy for dozens of companies, organizations, and individuals, including Google, Comcast, Forbes, ESPN, C-SPAN, and Nike. For two years he was an assistant managing editor at US News & World Report where he built out the company’s then-nascent social media presence. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Forbes, Harvard’s Nieman Lab, The Next Web, Daily Dot, PBS.org, and US News & World Report.
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  • Shippensburg University
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June 9