After a terrific summer of under-employment, I’m returning to the working world: I’m joining Quantcast Corporation as its VP of Strategy & Corporate Development. As the title suggests, I’ll be working on strategy, and also will be developing business relationships with partners and prospects. (I’ve been advising Quantcast since just after I left Time Warner, and my new role will build on what I’ve been doing on a part-time basis.)
Quantcast is based on San Francisco, but I’ll be working out of its NYC office. I start October 1.
Quantcast operates a free measurement service that helps web publishers demonstrate the value of their audiences. It also helps advertisers and media buyers find the right places to put their money to work. (Plug: if you are a web publisher and aren’t using Quantcast, you should try it – it’s free, cool, and very useful.)
“CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) – Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she “put the government checkbook online” in Alaska. On Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington.
There’s just one problem with proposing to put the federal checkbook online – somebody’s already done it. His name is Barack Obama.”—CNN - Palin’s transparency proposal already exists in D.C.
“I used to confuse “further” and “farther,” and, apparently, I did it quite often. In one of my stories, I’d confused them yet again, and in the margins, he’d written, simply, “I hate you.” I’ve never confused them since.”—From “a thread of memories of David Foster Wallace” on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
“I doubt that wireless carriers will abandon towers altogether, but using femtocells to deploy 4G to customers who want to sign up for the service before a citywide deployment sounds like it could make sense. It could also lead to big returns for investors in femtocell companies such as ip.access, Ubiquisys, or the recently funded Percello.”—4G: Forget Cell Towers, Bring on the Femtocells - GigaOM
“…the FCC is considering a new plan to auction off the public safety portion of the 700 MHz band that it couldn’t sell in March. The proposal is quite complex, and sets up not only a contest for a national license, but a bidding system for regional licenses. There’s even competition between WiMax and Long Term Evolution (LTE) high speed wireless systems in the plan.”—Ars: FCC considering new D Block auction plan
“Vibrant financial markets exist for trading everything from bushels of corn to barrels of oil. Now a new company is hoping to do the same for the nation’s airwaves, with an online trading exchange for radio spectrum. The company, Spectrum Bridge Inc., will match buyers and sellers of spectrum licenses used for wireless communications. Its Web site, SpecEx.com, will go live on Friday with an initial inventory of about $250 million of spectrum.”—Company to Create Airwaves Exchange - WSJ.com
“There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.”—Angry Amateurs - Swampland - TIME
“With nearly two years at full speed, thousands of successes (with as many mistakes), and countless lessons learned, we’ve finally discovered our rhythm as a team. By carefully regrouping all aspects of our work, breaking the problem down into smaller parts, and iterating rapidly, Twitter, Inc. is poised to bring a new kind of communication to every part of the world.”—Twitter Blog: Trimming the Sails