You know you are very comfortable with where you are in life when you've not only mastered the art of public speaking, but when you can break out into a song to conclude your presentation. Venture Capital legend Tim Draper opened Radio Ink's Convergence with a presentation on viral marketing, how he helped Hotmail explode to success, and how he looks for people and companies that break down big barriers.
Examples he cited included Skype breaking down the telephone, e-Bay breaking down the barriers of trade, and Facebook creating the new neighborhood. He concluded his presentation by singing a song he wrote. You can watch the video of that song here.
Radio Ink named the winners of its annual Convergence Awards for digital and online achievements at Convergence Monday night, and Hubbard Radio outlet WTOP's WTOP.com took the award for Best Radio Station Website (Markets 1-50). Entercom's WKSE/Buffalo was the Website winner for markets 51+. American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest won the award for Best Brand Extension Through Streaming, and Beasley/Miami's SFHSSports.com website (South Florida High School Sports) took honors for Best Use of Social Media. Taking the coveted Luminary Award were Brian Glicklich (pictured at left with Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads and Presslaff Interactive Revenue President Ruth Presslaff) and Kraig Kitchin of Sound Mind LLC.
The awards were sponsored by Presslaff Interactive Revenue.
Each year Radio Ink's Convergence works to bring the very best minds together, to help stretch your mind. This year at Convergence, one of the greatest minds in Silicon Valley will share his thoughts on the future, what all businesses need to be focused on, and how you can thrive in the Internet economy.
No one knows it all better than Tim Draper, a brilliant visionary and the venture capitalist behind many of the top brands you know today. Read more.
The names Leo Laporte and John C Dvorak strike fear into the hearts of tech companies. Their ability to drive consumer adoption with their reviews — or kill a product or service stone dead if they don't like it — gives them huge power and influence in Silicon Valley. And Radio Ink has arranged for a rare appearance of the two men together, for a keynote at Convergence, being held March 4-5 in Santa Clara, California. Read more.
"Radio may need a new definition," says Norm Pattiz. "I love new definitions!"
Norm Pattiz has been around the radio business for a while now. You know his name -- everybody does. He founded Westwood One, essentially inventing modern radio syndication, and led it through its powerhouse days as the largest provider of news, sports, talk, and traffic to the industry. He was appointed to the Broadcasting Board of Governors by both President Clinton and President Bush, overseeing, among other things, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. He's in the National Radio Hall of Fame, and the Library of American Broadcasting named him one of the Giants of Broadcasting.
So when Norm says now is the time for the radio industry to change, it's time to listen up. And you can hear him at Radio Ink's Convergence 2013, set for March 4-5 in Santa Clara, in California's Silicon Valley. Read more.