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cmo council

And we launch our CMO Council, with founding members from Virgin America, Xerox, Birchbox, TOMS, Old Navy, Salesforce, Harvard University, Dun & Bradstreet, and Green Mountain. Here’s a taste of what we’re up to, from me and VB CEO Matt Marshall.

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hosting mc hammer

Interviewed MC Hammer on-stage at VB’s Mobile Summit. Hammer pants? No. Shirt? Yes. You can watch the video here.

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roadshow

Presented on our latest VB Insight research on mobile monetization and mobile user acquisition to 100+ attendees in Los Angeles. Average attendee has $50K in monthly app income and 2.5 million downloads. Can’t mention names, but some pre-IPO companies with $10B valuations were present.

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raising a round

We raised a small seed round (about $3M) for VB Insight. Was very cool and a great learning experience to participate in this and be present in a lot of investor meetings. Here’s some press about the raise: Silicon Valley Business Journal and Folio Mag (both of which have interviews with me), as well as American Press, FinSMEs and Tech in Asia. Now

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inside intel

Launched an MVP of VB Insight, an new research platform modeled after an app store. Built the product, brought on independent analysts, onboarded them, started a marketplace for reports and expertise.

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mobile monetization

Released a 47-page, 5,600-word mobile game monetization report showing how the most successful game developers make money, and detailing why relying on Google is a loser’s game. The $499 report sold $10K worth in the first day.

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marketing maverick

Appeared on This Week in Tech netcasts on two successive days … one in response to interest in our Mobile Games Monetization Report, and the other to answer some question about Google, mobile, Google Glass, and self-driving cars. TWiT Marketing Mavericks: And TWiT Tech News 2Night:

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So David Brin personally edited my self-published scifi novel, No Other Gods

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About 18 months ago I started my first science fiction novel, No Other Gods. I worked on it about 30 minutes a day, usually at 6AM before phones started ringing and emails started dinging. A couple of months ago I finished it (edited three times, proofread by 2 pros I know) and self-published it to

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Props from a master: sci-fi legend David Brin makes my day

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I have been promoting my first science fiction novel, No Other Gods, on Twitter and Facebook and this blog. And the sales have been starting to come. So have the positive reviews: 4.9 stars so far on Amazon, which is great. But the best has been the result of taking a if-you-don’t-swing-you-can’t-hit attitude and approaching

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no other gods

Published my first novel, a 95,000 word 350-page science fiction book, No Other Gods. 4.5 stars out of 5 reviews so far, and shot up to #1 on Amazon’s sci-fi time travel bestseller lists as of November 30!

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art of the pitch

Participated in the Art of Pitch panel at GROW conference in Vancouver with Frederic Lardinois of TechCrunch and Douglas MacMillan of Bloomberg, telling tech companies and PR reps how to pitch … and how not to pitch.

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hyperloop on CKNW

Expert commentary about Elon Musk’s super-speed Hyperloop train concept on CKNW radio. Got the call after writing this post about the Hyperloop, which ended up getting about 100K views the day before Musk’s announcement. I’ll post audio if I can.

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Launching No Other Gods in the next 10 days

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I’m super-happy to be able to say that I’m launching my science fiction book, No Other Gods, within the next 10 days. I think you’re going to love it. If you want to be notified when it launches, please just add your name on this page — I’ll send an email to you when it is

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Wonderful Colorful House iPad app: launched!

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It’s with a great deal of pride and satisfaction that I’m able to announce that my iPad app, The Wonderful Colorful House, is now live on the Apple app store. It’s been a long and winding journey. The trip started about 15 years ago when I made up a bed-time story for my daughter, Gabrielle.

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one in two million

Apparently I’m one in a million — almost literally. There are more than 200 million member profiles on LinkedIn, and mine is in the top 1% most-viewed category … along with two million others.

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1000 posts

In not quite a year of my accidental technology journalist career, I’ve written over 1000 posts. Here’s the little badge that WordPress VIP gave me for that achievement. I’m also happy to say that in that time, I’ve been the most-read journalist on the site. (As of early 2017, by the way, it’s now over

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Sneak peek … and free first chapter: No Other Gods

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I’ve both longed for and dreaded this day: my baby is being born. She’s coming out in the world and the world may not like her. But she must be born. And maybe the world will love her 🙂 And so you – thank you SO much – are the first audience hearing her little cries as

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VIP access to No Other Gods, my first novel

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I’m giving a few select people early pre-publishing access to my first book, a science fiction novel title No Other Gods. A man and a woman exist, knowing nothing but that they are warriors for the gods. They fight, they die, they fight again at different times, in different places. But each time they learn

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No Other Gods (my first novel)

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I’m currently 88,873 words and 216 pages into No Other Gods, my first novel. The first question when someone hears that, of course, whether in person or in social media, is: what is it about?  That’s been a difficult question for me to answer, mostly because it requires boiling down the work of months and months

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coworking cofounder

Cofounded the first coworking space in BC’s Fraser Valley, SwitchCube. The name was my creation; further branding and visual design was done mostly by my business partner, Matt Farley. We offer desks, offices, boardroom space, coffee, WiFi, lights, chairs, and, of course, gravity.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook photobombed me yesterday

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Yesterday Apple CEO Tim Cook photobombed me while I was doing a Vanna White with the new retina Macbook Pro. Dean Takahashi, also from VentureBeat, was videoing me showing the new laptop. We were at the Apple event in San Jose for the iPad Mini unveiling (and a lot else). Unbeknownst to me, while I’m

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Oregon

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We took the Canadian Thanksgiving off and went down the Oregon coast after spending some time at the Great Wolf Lodge in Centralia, Washington. Here are a few of the pictures:

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social for CGAs

Created and delivered two seminars for CGA-Canada, the official national organization for certified general accountants in Canada, on social media, technology, and business. Attendee comments included “perfect,” “learned lots,” and “well presented,” and, after the second seminar, 96.4% of respondents in a CGA poll said they would like to participate in future seminars.

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And SwitchCube's IndieGoGo campaign is now live!

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As you may know, I and two partners are starting a coworking space in BC’s Fraser Valley, SwitchCube. We’ve identified a space and we’ve put some furniture in it, but we need more. And technology for the boardroom, and paint, and, and, and. So we’ve decided to run a crowdfunding campaign, which will also serve

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Funniest press release ever?

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As my colleague Jolie O’Dell said, it’s a “vibrating buttplug that makes you poop?” Vibrant Conducts Pilot Trial with Vibrating Capsule for Chronic Constipated Patients Petach Tikva, Israel, September 11, 2012. Vibrant Ltd. today announced that it is conducting a pilot trial of the company’s anti-constipation vibrating capsule. The clinical trial is taking place at

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