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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.

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Far and Near: An Interview with Neil Peart

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 12:09 PM

From a very early age, I've been a fan of the Canadian trio Rush. I recently had a chance to sit down with Neil Peart, the band's longtime drummer and lyricist. A prolific writer, Peart has just published

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Thoughts from Pubcon, Day One

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Started in London with only 75 people in 1999, Pubcon kicked off today in Vegas. Today, attendance routinely reaches the thousands. From its humble beginnings, Pubcon has become the premier social media and optimization conference. (See my interview here with Lane Ellis.) Here are some thoughts from...

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An Interview With Steve Rothery

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Back in November of last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing the very talented Steve Rothery, the guitarist and a founding member of the English band Marillion. At the time, Rothery was in the midst of his first crowdfunding project.

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Calling Bulls**t on Authors United

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:50 PM

The Amazon-Hachette dispute continues to play out, and yesterday Authors United tried to circumvent Jeff Bezos by going directly to Amazon's board. From their letter:

Amazon has every right to refuse to sell consumer goods in response to a pricing disagreement with a...
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The Gospel According to Breaking Bad: An Interview With Blake Atwood

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:51 PM

I scare my friends with my knowledge of Breaking Bad. I'm always on the lookout for different takes on the series. To this end, I recently sat down with Blake Atwood, author of The Gospel According to Breaking Bad. Here...

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Book Review: Dataclysm

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Many books have been written about Big Data, and I'm the author of two of them. While the topic is well trodden, we understand far less about what companies are actually doing with this information. As I know all to well, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix, and their ilk don't exactly...

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Book Review: The Organized Mind

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 9:15 AM

I just finished Daniel Levitin's The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Disclaimer: I received a review copy gratis via the publisher.

Here's my review.

Levitin's topic...

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Meetings and Productivity: An Interview with Wayne Turmel

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Researching Message Not Received, I have come across some pretty powerful collaboration tools. Yes, there is life beyond e-mail. More and more of us are being asked to use virtual communication tools for webinars, training, and meetings. Especially meetings.

I recently spoke...

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How to Overcome Marketing Talent, Tech and Strategy Gaps: An Interview with Paul Roetzer,

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 2:47 PM

More than ever, technology continues to permeate every aspect of our lives--and marketing is no exception. New technologies, innovations, and changing consumer behaviors have left many businesses struggling to keep pace.

To this end, I sat down with Paul Roetzer, author of The Marketing Performance Blueprint and founder of...

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An Interview with Pubcon's Lane Ellis

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 10:03 AM

Las Vegas (my hometown) might well be the conference capital of the world. The types of events run the gamut, although I tend to stick to business and tech conferences. To this end, I recently had a chance to sit down with Lane R. Ellis to talk about the 

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An Interview With Nick Morgan, Author of Power Cues

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 10:37 AM

For a long time, I have spoken in public settings. At first I taught software classes and then moved to keynote speeches to support my books. I had a great deal to learn about this type of public speaking. To that end, quickly started following communications coach and theorist

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Interview with Steve Hogarth on His New Book

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Few musicians, lyricists, and vocalists can move an audience as profoundly as Steve Hogarth of the English band Marillion. I've interviewed h before a few times over the past few years and have always found him to be very friendly and honest about what he's doing and why....

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An Interview with Marco Minneman

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Ever since I was a kid, I have been a huge prog-rock guy. For some unknown reason, I was immediately drawn to bands like Rush, Genesis, and Pink Floyd. Of course, prog had no shortage of critics who lambasted it as pretentious, overblown, bombastic, and self-important.

The once-derided genre of music...

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An Interview with Virtual CEO Chris Ducker

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 3:20 PM

I first came across expert and serial entrepreneur Chris Ducker when researching my third book, The New Small. Ducker is arguably the top authority on virtual staffing and personal outsourcing.

I recently sat down with him to talk about his new book Virtual Freedom: How to Work...

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An Interview with Frank Gruber

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:15 PM

Frank Gruber probably doesn't sleep much. He co-founded Tech Cocktail in 2006. The company  has grown into a hub for the creative class, offering tech startup focused news, events, and resources. Frank is also a Venture Partner with Crystal Tech Fund. Frank currently lives in Las Vegas and Washington,...

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Talking to Jordan Rudess about HarmonyWiz

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:51 PM

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I've talked to Jordan Rudess a few times over the years about his different musical projects. (See one of those interviews here.) Rudess is primarily known as the multi-instrumentalist for the Grammy-nominated prog rock/metal icons Dream Theater.

I recently caught...

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The Invisible Cloud

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 4:51 PM

There's no one right way to launch products and services today, a point that I make in The Age of the Platform. Consider the two vastly different approaches that two iconic companies took to achieve equally impressive results.

As Brad Stone writes in The Everything Store, Amazon...

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An Interview With Joy Hoover of the Cupcake Girls

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 9:21 AM

There are many folks trying to make a difference in downtown Las Vegas and I've met quite a few since moving here nearly three years ago. I recently sat down with Joy Hoover, Founder of The Cupcake Girls, a non-profit that brings...

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Life without Cable TV: One Month Later

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 11:32 AM

About a month ago, I joined roughly five million Americans and cut the cord. Here are some thoughts on lessons learned so far:


  • Cutting the cord is empowering. Let me channel my inner Dee Snyder for a moment. There's something fundamentally liberating about saying "

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Classic Politics: The Works of Allen Drury Now Back in Print

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 9:52 AM

Before House of Cards, before The West Wing, there was Allen Drury's Advise and Consent, a masterpiece of fiction considered by many to be the greatest political novel ever written.

Originally published in 1959, Drury's massive epic spent over 120 weeks on...

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