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Phil Simon
Phil Simon is a frequent keynote speaker and recognized technology expert. He is the award-winning author of six management books, most recently The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. He consults organizations on matters related to strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on The Harvard Business Review, CNN, NBC, CNBC, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, The New York Times, ReadWriteWeb, and many other sites.

Entries by Phil Simon

The Persuasive Power of Visual Language

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:32 PM

As a public speaker and frequent conference attendee, I have plenty of opinions about speaking, slides, and presentation styles. What's more, I just published a new book out on data visualization. Brass tacks: visualizing information can make a dramatic difference on audience understanding and engagement.

To this end, I...

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Venture Capitalists Turned Publishers - It's All About Scratching Your Own Itch

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:37 PM

Traditional publishing is in a state of turmoil. As the Chinese say, though, in chaos there is opportunity. To this end, I recently sat down with author, venture capitalist Brad Feld to talk about his new venture Foundry Group Press.

Q: You and your partners recently dove into...

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A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 9:17 AM

I fancy myself of fan of challenging things. I like 20 minute songs from bands like Marillion and Rush. I enjoy movies that hurt my brain and have to view multiple times to fully appreciate. Breaking Bad is my favorite TV show. And, as...

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Facility With Data: Necessary But Insufficient

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 9:52 AM

After a reboot and move to ESPN, FiveThirtyEight is back online. Rock star Nate Silver announced yesterday that "It's time for us to start making the news a little nerdier." Silver promises to continue his data-driven approach to journalism, one that reportedly drove

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Interview With John Wesley

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Today I sit down with John Wesley to talk about his excellent new album, Disconnect. We also touch upon Rush and Marillion, among other topics.

For more information:

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Reinventing You: 15 Minutes with Dorie Clark

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 10:49 AM

I recently sat down with author and smart cookie Dorie Clark to talk about her book Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future.

Questions include:

  1. What's strategic moonlighting?
  2. Why are transferrable skills so important...

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Top Five Health and Fitness Trends Expected at SXSW 2014

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Over the past several years, SXSW has set the stage for some of the most successful product launches in the tech community. For instance, Twitter was practically unknown before launching at the conference in 2007. For its part, Foursquare witnessed instant success in 2009.

It's clear is that SXSW will...

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Cloud Computing Is Here: Observations from IBM Pulse 2014

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 8:31 AM

I had the pleasure of attending IBM Pulse yesterday in Las Vegas. Nearly 10,000 customers partners, IBM employees, and media members arrived at the MGM Grand to learn about the most recent advances in cloud computing, Big Data, and a host of other subjects.


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9 Things I've Learned as a Published Author

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 9:11 AM

Five years ago today, Why New Systems Fail (my first book) was released. Since that time, I could call myself a professional writer. (A little over a year later, Cengage published a revised edition of that book.) 

It seems like a propitious time for personal reflection....

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Left Brain, Right Stuff by Phil Rosenzweig

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 8:58 PM

Over the past few years, we've seen the release of a slew of books devoted to the art and science of decision making. Authors like Dan Ariely, Daniel Kannehman, the Heath Brothers, and many more have all penned tomes devoted to advancing the understand why we do what we do.

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The Controversial Case of Marissa Mayer

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 6:15 AM

What is it with Marissa Mayer?

First there was Doug Bowman, the Google employee who found greener pastures at Twitter. In March of 2009, the former top visual designer at Google made a very public break over the infusion (imposition?) of data on design. Around...

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Sample from The Visual Organization

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 3:24 PM

In a little over two months, my sixth book will be released: The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. A little while ago, I posted the book's trailer.

Here's the book in a nutshell:

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Should Venture Capitalists Dance?  An Interview With Foundry Group's Jason Mendelson

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:35 PM

While Foundry Group has made a reputation as a nationally-focused early-stage venture firm, they are also known for having a lot of fun. In 2011, they launched a "Justin Timberlake meets VC" video called I'm a VC that got nearly 100,000 views. This year they followed up with

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Handling Big Data: An Interview with Author William McKnight

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:11 AM

The buzz on Big Data is nothing short of deafening, and I often have to shut down. As a guy who knows a thing or two about information management and Big Data, it's a often a bit frustrating going to conferences and listening to people...

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Thinking Big: Rush's "Clockwork Angels" Concept Album to Be Graphic Novel

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 6:39 AM

"I can't stop thinking big" is from the opening track of Clockwork Angels, the most recent studio album from Canadian rock legends Rush--Neil Peart (drums), Geddy Lee (vocals and bass), and Alex Lifeson (guitars). Indeed, in their forty years together, "thinking big" has been a hallmark of their music....

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Why I Don't Blog Every Day

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 9:54 AM

Look around the web and you'll find no shortage of advice on blogging. Long gone are the days in which blogging or journaling can be called a new phenomenon. WordPress recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary.

While there's no universal rule about how often one should blog, many...

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Carvana's Bold Plan to Change How We Buy Cars

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:31 AM

Most people of a certain age know what it's like to buy or lease an automobile, a process that really hasn't changed too much in decades. Sure, the Internet happened, and consumers are arguably more informed than ever. Still, the folks behind Carvana believe that they have invented a...

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The 4 Pillars of Good Business Writing and Speaking

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 8:48 AM

I've been on a reading rampage as of late, even more than usual. Blame or thank my iPad and bunch of long flights. That's not to say that I read every business book that comes my way. Authors and publishers like sending me them because I write for some high-profile...

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An Interview With Steve Rothery

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 3:52 PM


Steve Rothery is a founding member of the English band Marillion. Known for his sparse, atmospheric playing style and emotive solos, he is one of my very favorite...

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Book Review: Dogfight by Fred Vogelstein

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 11:27 AM

When I wrote The Age of the Platform, I knew that I was just skimming the surface. There was so much to more to cover on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google on so many levels. The platform was a big idea, and I knew...

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