March 13, 2005

This Blog Has Been Edited to Fit Your Screen.

With some notable exceptions (like Jonathan Schwartz, president of Sun, who also happens to have given me my first contract when I founded Omni Group), most senior executives at companies don't have blogs.

I think I've found out why: because, a lot of the time, you're simply not allowed to talk about what you're doing; even if it's not TOP SECRET, there are other people involved who haven't given you permission to associate their name with yours, and to do so without permission would be tacky at best and grounds for a lawsuit at worst.

So, I could write an entry about my Friday that sounded like this:

Mike was waiting for a call from , who isn't doing business with us (yet?), but we thought might be a cool source of ideas for our new product, , because he has so much experience in the area. I mean, he *IS* the of !

So the phone rings, but it turns out it's ! From ! He's all, "Can you and Wil have a with me today at three?" and Mike's all, "Sure!" (because, hey, all we ever do is hang out and drink coffee, so we're really always looking for any distraction).

Mike calls me to wake me up (it's well before noon, doncha know), and tells me about the day ahead. Mike's all, "I hope doesn't call when we're talking to ! That'd be too funny! I'd be all, 'Oh, could you hold, I have Blur Blur on the...'"

[Ok, you get the idea. I'll spare you.]



Blogger Danny Cohen said...

I guess that is why most people had personal diaries.
Too bad there isn't an easy way to make some things private by a password

March 13, 2005 5:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard blur1 was going to force a takeover of Delicious Monster in exchange for a 26.8% share in a toilet trained rat (plus options - naturally).

I also heard that Delicious Monster were more interested in obtaining blur2's patent on fermented bee urine.

Mike would be in a spot of bother if blur1 and blur2 were to find out about the negotiations as both are widely expected to be releasing fermented rat urine sometime in Q3 2005.

This raises the obvious problem, am I in trouble for disclosing "trade secrets" in a blog comment?

March 14, 2005 4:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jon Schwartz' blog is really, really, really lame. The man is too gutless to have anyone comment. Hell, even Scoble is willing to take his lumps when he says something ridiculous.

March 19, 2005 4:39 PM

Blogger Wil Shipley said...

Yah, I read a little of Jonathan's blog and was confounded by how marketronic it was. I mean, sure, I like to talk about my company in my blog, but his is kind of inhuman.

It's funny; ten years ago he and I used to have long phone calls and joke and talk crap about all kinds of silly things. Now I doubt I could get his secretary on the phone. Nor, really, do I have much reason to.

March 26, 2005 4:29 AM


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