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Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran journalist, media executive and entrepreneur. He was editor of the ground-breaking Digital Media newsletter in the 1990s and a frequent contributor to ZDNet over the years. He led development of the first Web audio/video news network at ON24, sat on the board of Electric Classifieds Inc. and Match.com, and worked as an investment banker. A dedicated "portfolio career" worker, Mitch is co-founder and Chief Scientist of BuzzLogic LLC, a social network analytics and marketing communications platform developer, and works with Audible Inc. on its podcasting service, among other projects detailed <a href="http://www.ratcliffe.com/ disclosure.htm">here</a>. </p>

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Yahoo brings in a dealmaker: Transactions ahead

May 15, 2007 by in Google

Yahoo brings in a dealmaker: Transactions ahead

Yahoo's choice for Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgenson, formerly of the investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners, indicates the company has decided to compete through acquisition. You don't bring in a dealmaking gun if you aren't prepared to pull the trigger on a lot of acquisitions.

Guilt by edginess?

March 28, 2007 by in Legal

Guilt by edginess?

Bert Bates, co-author of Kathy Sierra's Java book, has posted a comment in response to my previous posting that I would like to bring to everyone's attention, for it seems to depart from a concern for the facts in pursuit of revenge:loaded gunsMitch,You said: "The gun shoved in Chris Locke, Jeneane Sessums, Frank Paynter and Allen Herrell's hands is as likely to be illusory as not. We need proof, not accusations, just like in the physical world.

Identity rape and mob mentality

March 28, 2007 by in Collaboration

Identity rape and mob mentality

Allen Herrell, one of the accused attackers in the Kathy Sierra controversy, has written a long email to Doc Searls explaining that his entire online identity has been compromised. If true, and I believe it, because I have known Allen for many years, it appears there have been many more victims here than Ms.

Blogs and thick skin

March 27, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Blogs and thick skin

Kathy Sierra's bad day is raining all over the Web. There's a sickening lull in debate going on as people react with the kind of horror reserved for mock outrage similar to Casablanca's Captain Renault: "I'm shocked, shocked to find out there's gambling going on here!

People will watch, it's what they do

March 22, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

People will watch, it's what they do

Regardless of what you think about mainstream media, the announcement that NBC and News Corp. are collaborating to bring a variety of television series and movies to a "YouTube-killing" media portal is going to change the way people think about their programming choices.

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