I'm on another series of Tubes this fine Monday morning, the kind that transport me from one part of the country to another.
When I was in Paris three weeks ago, I never had much opportunity for the series of Tubes to take me shopping.
But that hasn't stopped the French from doing a little bargain hunting over the weekend, when French advertising group Publicis Group agreed to acquire Internet ad firm Razorfish from Microsoft for a cool $530M in cash and stock.
Not too long ago I took a meeting in Austin with Jeff Dachis, one of the original co-founders of Razorfish.
Jeff's on to much bigger and better things (albeit in stealth start-up mode) with his new Dachis Corp., and has built a world-class team for his new venture, snagging one of Forrester's key digital media analysts, Peter Kim, as well as Kate Niederhoffer, formerly of Nielsen Buzzmetrics.
The new co will be focusing on "social business design," and based on the initial meeting with them, methinks they have a very unique value proposition (even as they're smartly getting input from potential clients as they hone in on their sweet spot).
As we agreed in the meeting, they're more McKinsey than Ogilvy. If you're finding your business could be in dire need of some social business design, you can learn more on the Dachis Corp Web site.
As for me, well, I'm in between Tubes on the ground here in Dallas, but preparing to head out to sunny northern California to speak at the Search Engine Strategies conference tomorrow in San Jose.
I'll be covering the topic of "Building a Global Website," with an emphasis on search optimization, while Gina Poole, our VP for Marketing 2.0 in IBM Software, will present "The View from the CMO's Office," which will address how to help sell new search marketing tricks to old traditional marketing dogs.
I'm almost embarrassed to admit when I last attended SES (it was late in 2001, in Dallas), but I'm looking forward to making up for lost time in meeting up with old friends and making some new ones.
If you're interested in learning more or attending, here's the main page for SES San Jose 2009.
Finally, if you missed the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational yesterday, know that Tiger Woods is on another one of his thundering rolls.
His 8-iron, 182-yard shot on hole 16 (which had to pass just directly over some water and hold next to the pin to stay up)...well, it was the thing golf dreams are made of. I nearly choked on the diet Coke I was drinking it was such a laser-precise shot.
And oh, never mind Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who turned 16 into an awful bloody mess with his chip into the pond, which immediately took all the drama away from the last three holes!
Tiger is the king.
Long may he continue to live, play golf, prosper, and bring slack-jawed joy to golfers everywhere.
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