Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Dude, finally.

11/05 -- if you can remember back that far. That was the date I started at the Red Herring magazine, ostensibly to cover venture capital finance.

It was, I'll admit, a tenuous foothold to establish on the West Coast, but I was eager to get out of Oregon, with its radically strange wage-base, high unemployment, and with the exception of a few companies dotted around the I-5 corridor, virtually free of interesting technology companies.

For those who don't know me that well (Why are you reading my blog then, stalkers?) I've been covering business, science, and technology since the early 1990s. Started up Interactive Week, MediaCentral.com, CBS.com, and a variety of other media shops -- all in New York City -- and that was great, for a time. Then the Bubble popped, I got a divorce, and at the time, it seemed like the 212 time was over and done.

So I moved to Oregon, taught at Southern Oregon University, worked at a few local Oregon papers, and wondered when the tech market would recover.

In spring of 05, my friends told me it was time, things were again happening in the Valley, which remains the richest epicenter of venture capital for technology companies on the planet.

Red Herring said yes, and the drama began.

In April of last year, I got the opportunity to start up RedHerring.TV, and over the course of the past year, I and my team created, posted and hosted more than 300 videos featuring CEOs, venture capitalists, and thought leaders throughout the technology space.

However, Red Herring is now terribly troubled, and the drama of remaining there seemed more taxing than the drama of looking for new work.

I will miss all my former compatriots. The Red Herring has been unique in that it has attracted so many great people over the past 29 months, only to lose the bulk of them owing to mismanagement, unsteady payroll, and a working environment I can only describe as deeply troubled.

Tone is set by leadership, and permeates the organization.

Troubles at the top don't trickle into the trenches. More like a torrent, really.

So as of April 1, no joking, I and the rest of the RedHerring.TV video team -- all of whom are fantastic, capable, intelligent folks -- upped sticks and re-entered the job market.

If you need a low-cost, high quality video team, we're ready to entertain offers.

All best, and happy to be free of the Red Herring drama,


Sean