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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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Is Spotify Fair to Musicians? A Chat With Mark Kelly

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 1:32 PM

Taylor Swift recently declared war on Spotify and pulled her catalog from the streaming service. The company's CEO, Daniel Ek, responded with a claim that his company has paid artists more than $2 billion.

The fundamental question is one of fairness. Are artists being...

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Crowdsourcing Healthcare

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 7:31 PM

Do you whip out a map while you're driving these days?

At work, do you send letters or intraoffice memos like Don Draper does?

Do you still own a fax machine?

Of course not.

Thanks to technology, just about every industry has dramatically changed in the last 20 years -- with...

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Review: The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 11:34 PM

In five years, will your doctor be taking orders from a tablet and an algorithm? It sounds farfetched, but cost pressures and technological advances are leading us down that very road.

Google is one of several companies trying to bring driverless cars to the masses. Sophisticated CAD programs...

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Proprietary APIs: A New Tool in the Age of the Platform

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:52 PM

For a long time now, apps like FlightAware have helped millions of air travelers track the location and status of their flights. If you're picking up your friend at the airport, it seems odd these days not to know the time at which he or she will arrive--even with inevitable...

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Return of the Artisan?

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 12:39 PM

The digital revolution in music has always faced outspoken critics. Some have complained about harsh digital sound. Many lament illegal downloads. These days, musicians protest paltry revenue from streaming sites like Pandora.

Fortunately for dedicated listeners, some of these critics are also famous artists who seek to deliver a more engaging...

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The Two-Book Release: An Interview With Aaron Goldfarb

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 11:19 PM

I recently sat down with Aaron Goldfarb to talk about his two new books: The Guide for a Single Man and The Guide for a Single Woman (Foundry Group Press). Aaron and I have known each for four years, meeting via...

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Far and Near: An Interview with Neil Peart

(5) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:09 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 | 10:45 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 | 5:01 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 | 10:50 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 | 1:51 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 | 7:56 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 | 10:15 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 | 12:09 PM

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 | 3:47 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 | 11:03 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 | 11:37 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 | 2:10 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 | 12:07 PM

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 | 4:20 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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