Feb 22, 2007 boring posts
DoubleClick sponsoring a recruiting open house! Some of the fancy copy:
Work is a form of expression. Your “work signature”… a line of code, a proposal or a spread sheet… declares brilliance, genius or job well done.
We’re DoubleClick, and we’ve been fans of expression since our inception. And as we re-imagine the world of digital marketing, we need Account Executives, Technical Support Managers, Programmers* and others who will innovate, inspire, and create—leading the industry into the future.
Join us as for our first OPEN HOUSE of 2007
March 8, 2007 from 4-7pm
111 Eighth Ave, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Our NY Recruiting Team, as well as variety of Hiring Managers,
will be onsite to talk about the exciting opportunities DoubleClick has to offer!
So bring your resume, and make sure you RSVP no later than March 3, 2007!
Refreshments & hors d’oeurves will be served,
not to mention you will be eligible for a door prize for just attending!
Feb 21, 2007 boring posts
In Tuscon April 22-25? Mehdi is on a panel! “Gomez, Inc., the leader in web application experience management, today announced that a distinguished group of customers will serve as speakers and panelists at Think Tank, the inaugural Gomez Global User Conference, to be held April 22-25 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Ariz.” .. “DoubleClick’s Mehdi Daoudi, a quality of service expert who will discuss best practices in every phase of the application life cycle in “Ensuring Quality of Service from Development through Production.”
Feb 14, 2007 clicker updates
Sorry for the long delay.
I stood up for the first time Dec 22nd. I walked that same day using parallel bars. I rapidly moved from walker to crutches to a cane over the next month.
Over the holidays I had the chance to meet President Bush, Secretary Rice, and Secretary Gates.
I am now at the VA Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Center in Tampa FL. I am participating in an 8 week intensive rehab program to begin to address my remaining medical limitations. Walter Reed was nice for recovery and now that I am in rehabilitation phase I am here at the poly-trauma center here to finish off until I return to NYC and Dynamic Logic in late Spring/early Summer.
I am now walking with a cane and my goal is to give up my wheelchair altogether by this Friday. It has been a long road and the road continues but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Even though I am technically an inpatient, so far they are being pretty good about letting me leave the hospital overnight and return in the morning for my therapy. But, Hiwot has headed home to Atlanta to finally go back to work at Delta so when they find that out they will not be as apt to let me out alone. Basically, I am trying to avail myself of all the medical assets and rehab facilities without having to stay in my room night after night. After 6 months of hospitalization, I have had enough. Please send any mail to:
MAJ Thomas J Deierlein
James A Haley VA Hospital – Spinal Cord D
13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd
Tampa FL 33612
My cell is 917-287-5961
It is kind of strange to be proud of the fact that I can now bathe, feed, and clothes myself – but I am!! After months of relying on others to do it – it feels GOOD. Slowly but surely I am getting my physical strength, endurance, and flexibility back. More slowly than surely but I make progress each day.
Short note. More in a month…talk to you soon.
Feb 7, 2007 clicker updates
Some from the release:
INTERNET INVESTMENT FUND ‘HOWZAT MEDIA’.
MAKES INVESTMENT IN PROPERTY SEARCH SITE ZOOMF.COM
Second HOWZAT Investment
London, 5 February 2007: HOWZAT media LLP, the US$10 million investment vehicle for start-up and early stage dotcom companies, has completed its second investment, namely in Zoomf.com (“Zoomf”) (www.zoomf.com). Zoomf is an early stage Web 2.0 residential property sales and letting search engine. Its key differentiator is that it puts user friendliness first and aims to be comprehensive by offering agents free property listings. Still in its “beta” stage of development, Zoomf plans initially to cover agents offering property in the Greater London Area before rolling out nationally with more product enhancements.
Zoomf empowers online consumers to specify and search rapidly for relevant properties. For example:
Or, Brixton: http://www.zoomf.com/london/brixton/property/buy
Commenting on the investment, HOWZAT co-founder and Vice-Chairman of Cheapflights Ltd., Hugo Burge, said, “Search is an area we know well. Online property search is a significant and well publicised sector. We believe that next generation property search brings an exciting new dimension to the property market.”
“We were attracted to investing in Zoomf not only because of their cutting edge product but also because of the wealth of experience in the founding team. The Zoomf team has a raft of experience in online media, pan-European roll-out, search engine technology and the management of growth organisations. We are confident that they will use the funds raised further to innovate and introduce new products to meet the needs of both consumers and the property sector.”
Rod Dowler, Zoomf Chief Executive added, “HOWZAT is an ideal source of funding for us. Not only is HOWZAT focused on dotcoms such as ours, its management has had hands-on experience of developing and growing Cheapflights – one of the UK’s most successful vertical search sites, both in the UK and in the USA. They are a perfect partner for us.”
Feb 7, 2007 boring posts
Kevin Ryan in this weeks Crain’s NY. I can’t post the entire article, but it’s here if you have a login. Some quotes:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is worried that excessive regulation of publicly held companies under the Sarbanes-Oxley law will hurt New York’s financial services industry. Kevin Ryan has no worries about New York’s attractions for Web 2.0 firms, and he’s at work rebuilding the city’s tech industry. If he succeeds, New York will achieve an important goal: diversifying the economy.
Few have been working in tech here longer than Mr. Ryan, a founder of online advertising firm DoubleClick. He and co-founder Kevin O’Connor moved the company here from Atlanta in 1996 because New York is home to the ad agencies they sought as clients.
The firm thrived, as did the city, on the back of the new media boom. Like DoubleClick, other tech businesses were founded or relocated here because their customers were here, whether they were ad agencies or media enterprises or publishers. DoubleClick became the biggest of those companies; for one brief moment, Mr. O’Connor was the city’s first Internet billionaire. The sector grew so rapidly that it employed 50,000 people at its peak in 2000, some estimate.
When the bubble burst, tech shriveled. With a few exceptions, the famous names of the boom dissolved, and tech seemed to disappear. But a few hardy souls like Mr. Ryan persevered, and now they are founding startups that are loosely labeled Web 2.0 — firms that create close and powerful connections between users, or firms that serve such ventures.
Mr. Ryan says the main attraction of New York remains the same. His businesses need to be here because the city is home to their customers or partners. Music Nation, an American Idol-style Web site, must work closely with music companies. Panther Express takes content and makes it accessible on servers around the globe; publishers are prime targets.
“They go to a barbecue every weekend where their neighbors are trying to recruit,” Mr. Ryan said at a recent Crain’s economic forecast breakfast. “They think nothing of changing companies after a year or two. In New York, people will stay with you.”
Oh, there is one problem. Wall Street is paying mediocre employees so much money that tech companies can’t find programmers.
Feb 6, 2007 clicker updates
Good ‘ol Brian Ledoux always likes to stay close to DoubleClick. He was an employee who left, went client side (UM), and has now popped up at a different client side (Jumpstart Media). Interesting move, going from buy side to sell side, I did that myself, albeit about 9 years ago. (Modem to Hachette).
Good luck at Jumpstart Brian… he is now, of course, reunited with Laura Burkhart! Also, I understand Rafael Jose is still in SF at Atlas (phfft).