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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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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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National Day of Civic Hacking: An Interview with Shawn Looker

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Never before has technological literacy been so important, especially for those entering the workforce. I'm no sorcerer, but I just don't see that trend abating anytime soon.

I recently sat down to talk about coding with Shawn Looker, one of the two captains for Code for Vegas, the local chapter or...

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Rentals, Transparency, and Accountability: An Interview with Swapt's Clair Byrd

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Apartment construction is surging with no end in sight. Enter Swapt, a company that bills itself as a platform that uses reviews from real renters to help them find their best apartment match. I recently sat down with VP...

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Duct Tape Selling: An Interview with John Jantsch

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 10:19 AM

John Jantsch has created quite the niche for himself. He is an author, speaker, and marketing consultant who specializes in assisting small businesses, a particular topic of interest for me. (My third book covers small businesses and emerging technologies.) In 2002, Jantsch created the popular...

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Turning Data into Action: An Interview with import.io CEO David White

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 9:09 AM

In Too Big to Ignore, I explore a term that's been gaining in popularity and increasingly affects our lives: Big Data. There's no shortage of large and small organizations are on the Big-Data train. Among this new wave of technology companies is import.io, a London-based startup rapidly making...

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The Future of Retail and the Cloud Wars

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 7:51 AM

Retail is undergoing a massive transformation as we speak. Thanks to the rise of smartphones and apps, constantly connected customers are now able to do what was once pure fantasy. Every day, millions walk into traditional big-box retailers. After finding what they want and intend to buy, they are whipping out...

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What is the Downtown Podcast? An Interview With Dylan Jorgensen

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 7:33 PM

When I moved to Las Vegas nearly three years ago, I quickly discovered a burgeoning tech scene led by Tony Hsieh of Zappos fame. It's a neat and vibrant community, and I recently sat down with Dylan Jorgensen of The Downtown Podcast to talk...

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Open Data Now: An Interview with Joel Gurin

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Big Data is a big deal, but what about Open Data? That is, the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents, or other mechanisms of control.

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Anatomy of an Overnight Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 6:49 PM

As I know all too well, managing group activities can be difficult. Of course, in crisis there is opportunity.

These days, nearly 7 million people around the world use TeamSnap to manage sports and other activities, is hitting its stride. The company raised a $7.5 million venture capital round led by the...

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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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