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A business (2.0) titan bows out

By Francis Moran

My favourite magazine arrived this week clad in a plain-paper wrapping.

No, not that kind of magazine, or that kind of plain-paper wrapping.

Rather, it was the October 2007 issue of Business 2.0, which announced on a white, wrap-around cover that this is my last issue.

I knew this was coming – the magazine revealed its decision to stop publishing a couple of weeks ago — but it’s still sad. And it represents a triumph of accounting and business case analysis over passion and excellence.

I am a huge fan of good journalism. I am passionate about writing. And I love new technology and gadgets. And every month, Business 2.0 was required reading for me because it consistently hit the excellence mark on all three points. In fact, aside from the Globe and Mail, which I also consider required reading, Business 2.0 was the only periodical that came into this office that people were under orders not to file away but, rather, to immediately put it on my desk. By the time I finished reading an average issue, several of the pages would be dog-eared so I could do further research on the stuff I had read.

It is a rare thing that a publication can excite the kind of passion in its readers that Business 2.0 engendered; even rarer for a publication that covers boring old business. I don’t care what the accountants’ numbers said, Time Inc. is mad to kill that passion.

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Join me at DemoCamp and Third Tuesday

By Jill Pyle

If you’re in the Ottawa area and interested in technology, I recommend you attend at least one of two great events this week, DemoCamp and Third Tuesday. The sixth DemoCamp, a small unconference-style event that gives software and hardware developers the opportunity to share their ideas with Ottawa’s high tech community, is taking place tonight at the Clocktower Restaurant on Bank Street from 7:00-9:00 PM.

Tomorrow night, Third Tuesday, the Ottawa PR meetup group, returns from summer hiatus. Mitch Jole, President of Twist Image and host of the Six Pixels of Separation podcast, will share his latest thoughts on marketing, social media and web 2.0 at Patty Bolands Irish Carvery & Pub, 101 Clarence Street, starting at 6:00 PM.

I’ll be attending both events so if you see me there, be sure to introduce yourself.

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Ottawa’s young professionals get inspired

By Linda Forrest

Last night, I attended the launch of the second season of the Young Business Network of the National Capital. This was my first time at an event put on by this organization, as it seems was the case for most of the attendees. It was a good opportunity to network with other young professionals and hear words of wisdom from Adrian Salamunovic from DNA 11, an intriguing company that we were first introduced to when its other co-founder spoke at a Junior Achievement of Eastern Ontario event last year, Kim Dixon from TalkSwitch, a celebrated businesswoman with a long history in Ottawa’s tech community and Kevin Dee, CEO of Eagle Professional Resources and the Ottawa Business Journal‘s CEO of the year in 2006. The theme was “inspiration” and each speaker had valuable insights into what they think are the keys to success. Adrian in particular talked about harnessing the power of public relations and how the coverage that his company has received in top tier publications has had a direct impact on the spectacular growth of his company from inception to 7-figure revenues in under two years. I’m looking forward to other events put on by this organization, of which I’m now a member, and am encouraged to see so many of Ottawa’s bright, talented young people looking to share ideas and network.

BPM, POS, CMS… Acronyms causing confusion

By Linda Forrest

Working in the technology realm as we do, it is inevitable that we encounter many, many acronyms in our daily work. A quick scan of the blogosphere reveals that it’s a hot topic amongst technology marketers like Chris Hoskin and analysts alike.

There are so many acronyms in play and unfortunately a lot of them overlap. When you see CMS, do you think it means content management system, or contact management system, or code management system, or client music synthesis, or…

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If you don’t put your name in the draw, you can’t win the prize

By Jill Pyle

The title of this post is a simple fact, one I heard a lot growing up. On regular basis, my mother wins everything from concert tickets to movie memorabilia to hotel accommodations and more. Some might call her lucky but I know better. She’s merely an optimist with a decent strategy. Unlike most people, she doesn’t waste time thinking about grim statistics like a one-in-a-million chance of winning. She’s always been quick to remind me that people who go through life thinking they can’t win, don’t win.

I’m sure more than a few of the TechCrunch40 finalists would agree. Without a doubt, many of them probably thought it would be nearly impossible to impress the likes of Jason Calacanis, Michael Arrington and all the well-known venture capitalists and journalists planning to attend the big event. Regardless, they submitted their new product ideas and prepared themselves for the rigorous approvals process.

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