New Year, New Ventures
With apologies to John Cleese: “And now for something relatively different.”
This week, I joined the CT Lab Global Media team as Editor-in-Chief of the Dealerscope and Connected Design brands. Dealerscope is the consumer technology industry’s leading B2B content provider—online, in print (yes, there is real hard copy delivered monthly!), and in person. Connected Design is a quarterly print publication and website that brings home technology professionals, architects, builders, and interior designers together to highlight the latest in cutting-edge electronics and sophisticated design.
There are so many reasons why I am excited about this new adventure. First, it’s no secret that I am an unrepentant geek when it comes to playing with, writing about, and talking tech. I keep waiting for the Smithsonian to call for access to my attic stuffed with that Hayes Accura 2400 External Modem, Power Mac G4 Cube, Epson PhotoPC500, color Handspring Visor, etc., all complete with cords!
Second, it will be an honor to work with Dealerscope, a title that for 50 years has been a trusted source of information for retail professionals and for the parent company IFA Management GmbH – a joint venture founded by gfu Consumer & Home Electronics GmbH together with Clarion Events Ltd, one of the world’s leading independent event organizers. The group organizes IFA, the world’s largest home appliance and consumer electronics trade show in the world, held every September in Berlin, which brings together the latest innovative tech, global players, and the most radical thinkers in the industry. Einstein opened one of the first IFA in 1930! Finally, Dealerscope’s HQ is in Philly, my first time actually working in my hometown!
Of course, it is bittersweet to be moving from the world of EdTech, a space I have covered for almost an even 20 years. I have learned so much and been inspired by so many incredibly passionate, smart, and caring educators, administrators, and industry executives (even CEOs!) over the years. You won’t be getting rid of me completely of course. There is still plenty of overlap when it comes to integrating technology for the betterment of our lives. I will always be following the challenges and triumphs and cheering on all of you that are truly doing God’s work. Remember, the Internet is going to be BIG and it’s all about the kids!