Introducing Ray Capece

I want to take a moment to introduce Ray Capece, the new editor of Venture Files. The other day, I noted that Steve Fisher, who founded and really pushed Venture Files, has moved on to other things. Notably, he is one of the voices of Solutions are Power by Network Solutions.

Ray contacted me after my post the other day, and he has agreed to step in to the Venture Files editorial role. Ray comes to us with over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience having had multiple startups, some that have succeeded and others that have failed. His successes include an IPO and $30M in venture capital raised over the years. He has also gone through Chapter 11 bankruptcies and had other failures.

He is also an experienced journalist having worked for several years with Electronics magazine.

He is the perfect candidate for this job. Tomorrow morning, he will introduce himself here at Technosailor.com. Join me in welcoming him to the family.

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Entrepreneurship Writer Wanted

There’s an immediate opening here at Technosailor.com for a writer on entrepreneurship. Steve Fisher, who has provided a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge over the years of covering the Venture Files beat, is retiring to bigger and better things. You can keep up with him over at Network Solutions on their Solutions are Power blog.

In the meantime, I’m looking for a passionate and knowledgeable editor for the Venture Files portion of the site. The topic is entrepreneurship and includes marketing, business and the world of Venture Capital from the perspective of an entrepreneur.

This is a great opportunity to create a name for yourself, and increase your visibility using the Technosailor.com brand and platform. If you’re interested, drop me an email at aaron@technosailor.com.

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BlogHer: Women on the Move (And With Money)

There’s a wrinkle in the space-time continuum, in case you hadn’t noticed. It’s a very powerful horde (plethora, group, pack?) of women who are average bloggers like most of us, who are suddenly very present in the social media space.

To be fair, they’ve been here but many people simply didn’t realize quite how influential they were. In some cases, the oblivion stemmed from a general obliviousness in the blogosphere where bloggers and social media aficionados simply never stepped foot outside of their sphere of influence. In other cases, if rhetoric is to be believed, the oblivion has been an intentional misogynistic mentality.

I don’t quite think it’s as nefarious as the latter, but I do think that women have been taken for granted and probably not given enough credit in a world that is largely powered by geek boys of all ages and types.

In case you missed the news this morning though, this group of women under the BlogHer umbrella, made a pretty bold statement about their mainstream appeal with a $5M series B funding and content syndication deal with NBC Universal. (Press Release)

The content syndication deal would involve BlogHer content, written by over 2200 bloggers, being syndicated across three women-oriented NBC properties, iVillage, BravoTV.com and Oxygen.com.

In addition to content syndication, NBC Universal and BlogHer will collaborate on joint advertising sales, a space currently dominated by Glam Media.

And of course, BlogHer has their annual BlogHer Conference happening this weekend in San Francisco. Festivities begin tomorrow night and continue through Saturday. If you can’t be in San Francisco, the BlogHer Second Life Conference is happening in conjunction. You know… if you don’t have a first life. ;-)

If there’s one thing this deal accentuates, it’s that women are a force to be reckoned with on the internet. While I may not like the insular nature of BlogHer, and the inability to address the fact that never having any man speak at the main conference is off-putting, aggressive and offensive to some, I have a tremendous amount of respect for the hard work the women behind the site have put into organizing, instructing, and educating many women bloggers and providing a venue for their voices to be heard. And they have underscoed that by getting NBC to sign on.

So congratulations, ladies. Your hard work has paid off.

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