Posts Tagged ‘Steve Baker’

Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom: New Blogs by My Former BusinessWeek Peeps

December 31, 2009

One of the upsides of the epic decline of print media is seeing the new paths taken by many seasoned journalists. I am watching this transformation take place right here at BusinessWeek, where some of my former colleagues have recently launched new blogs or turned pre-existing ones into their main outlet.

Here’s a sampling:

* Mandel on Innovation and Growth: BusinessWeek’s former chief economist Mike Mandel recently launched a new blog dedicated to covering innovation, growth, economic statistics and commentary on economic and financial reporting.

* Globespotting: Former BusinessWeek senior writer Steve Hamm has moved his globespotting blog over to a new address on Hamm has also joined IBM as a communications strategist.

*Business Books Guy: BusinessWeek’s former book editor Hardy Green has launched a new blog about the book industry, with a focus on the subject Green knows very well, business books.

*The Numerati: BusinessWeek’s former senior writer Steve Baker has continued to publish the blog he launched for his book. It’s a tech-oriented site focusing on the data explosion and its repercussions for business, politics, culture, etc.

Update: I just found out about one new blog by Joseph Weber, BW’s former chief of correspondents. Weber is now an associate professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska and has started a new blog called Wide-Eyed Wonder.


Here Come the Innovation Hippies! Beware of Social Media Snake Oil

December 7, 2009

My newly departed colleague Steve Baker’s last piece for BusinessWeek is a contrarian take on social media. Given that this skeptical piece was penned by one of social media’s biggest fans and practicioners, it’s worth a close read.

Says Baker: “The problem, according to a growing chorus of critics, is that many would-be guides are leading clients astray. Consultants often use buzz as their dominant currency, and success is defined more often by numbers of Twitter followers, blog mentions, or YouTube hits than by traditional measures, such as return on investment.”

Read the rest of the piece here. It’s generating a pretty vibrant discussion on

Shout-Out to Departing BusinessWeek Colleagues

December 5, 2009

The most difficult part of Bloomberg’s acquisition of BusinessWeek has been seeing so many hugely talented colleagues and friends leave the operation. Five close coworkers of mine, most of whom I’ve been working with over the last nine years in the technology cluster, are no longer working for the tech team. Left coaster Rob Hof, Chicago correspondent Roger Crockett, and my three NY homies Steve Baker, Steve Hamm and Heather Green. Damn, that is a gaping hole you all have left!

Steve Baker Way BAck When
[Steve Baker On the Streets of El Paso]

It has been a pleasure and honor to work with all of you. Thanks for everything you’ve taught me over the years, and thanks for your camaraderie. I know we’re all going to keep in touch but the office will feel pretty empty without you all–especially the Mother Ship in NY. Best of luck in all of your new ventures and I’ll see ya on the 43rd floor, Playwright, University Cafe, etc. I have no doubt you will all go on to do different and interesting things, and I am eager to see each of you ramble down those new paths.

Virtual Rob Hof
[Real Rob Hof Posing with Virtual Rob Hof]

Busy BusinessWeekers

December 1, 2008

In this week’s issue of BusinessWeek, the editors were kind enough to publish a list of BW staffers who have published books this year. Four out of the six books came out of the technology team!

Here’s a snippet of the list. Click here to see the whole shebang.

“In-House Authors
BusinessWeek writers were busy this year
These books were published by BusinessWeek staffers in 2008:

Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital by Spencer E. Ante (Harvard Business Press, $35) Department Editor Ante’s profile of the Harvard B-school professor and venture-capital pioneer.

The Numerati by Stephen Baker (Houghton, Mifflin, $26) If you work in an office, shop in a supermarket, vote, surf the Internet, or consume health care, number crunchers are examining your data and figuring out how to manipulate you, as Senior Writer Baker details.

Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0 by Sarah Lacy (Gotham Books, $26) A portrait of the latest generation of Web companies from columnist Lacy.”