I was asked by someone, more like berated, about why I blog. I said that it was kind of a cathartic process. A way to keep track of my thoughts and musings. A way to keep a record of things I find interesting. In this conversation, I was also asked why I put up pictures and make them publicly viewable, to which I had the same answer.
When it really came down to it, in the end I told this person that it was really their problem with it, not mine. My generation and those that have come after me don’t have the same inherited requirement to privacy. This person found it amazing and disturbing that I would publish like I do. It was as if they were almost offended that I would open up part of my life like this. The funny part about it all is that this person is pretty famous in their respective field and if you were to Google them, not only would you find info about ’em, but also a PR headshot etc. They are even represented by a PR agent, come on, I mean isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?
And to top it all off, this person had the audacity to say something to the affect of “What you say on your website isn’t interesting.” Well, that’s just one person’s opinion… we all have ’em and none of ’em are wrong. Maybe they would be shocked to know that I don’t care for what they have to say most of the time either!
I went to my friend’s wedding over the weekend and had a great time. What a beautiful couple they make, adn it was wonderful to see how they react to each other from just a touch. Should we all be so lucky! I have posted some pictures in my new “gallery“, so go and take a look….
I have extensive experience with transactional e-commerce systems. I have been involved with interactive systems and mixed media transactions since 1990, when I joined Ticketmaster and was the first to identify the company’s online market potential. In 1993/4, as a Senior Client Representative, I registered and developed the first generation of Ticketmaster Online, which led to the launch of the original Ticketmaster Online in 1994. I was also responsible for over $350 million worth of tickets, venue seating, fulfillment and customer service for one of the world’s largest sporting events, World Cup USA 1994.
In 1995, I accepted an offer to join The Walt Disney Company, where I ran international ticketing for the Tony Award-winning Theatrical Productions Division. I also consulted to other divisions in the company, including theme parks, movie distribution and corporate projects such as the New Amsterdam Theatre renovation and Disney Online.
I left Disney in 1996 to become a freelance consultant, specializing in helping companies understand and utilize Internet commerce systems. I worked for large, established companies and small start-ups. I also provided portable ticketing solutions for large corporations operating conferences and trade fairs in foreign venues, and ran ticketing and IS for a publicly-traded racing company located throughout the US.
In 1998, I became first Vice President of Product Development and then Vice President of Strategic Ticketing for Tickets.com. I managed transactional ticketing, corporate strategy, product development, strategic partnerships, acquisition strategy, and the evaluation of new technologies. At Tickets.com I laid the groundwork for several acquisitions in the ticketing industry, as well as the merger of Tickets.com and Advantix.
Currently, I spend my time consulting in business development, product development and strategy.