Tag Archives: Intrepid

After Four Years, Time to Move on

In four years, a US president can complete a full term. Within four years, 63% of start-up companies in the information industry fail and close their doors. For four years now, I’ve worked on the vision of Lift9. We’ve continuously strived to deliver useful insights from mining conversations of people on social media, as well […]

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SDL To Take Over Alterian

Today, it was announced that SDL will acquire Alterian. Therefore soon,  a social media business that started as Lift9 will be getting its fourth company name within the last two-and-a half years. I started Lift9 in July, 2009 to offer social reports to large brands. On April, 2010 we merged with a boutique market research company […]

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PART IV: Closing The Deal

PART IV: Closing the Deal Bob Hale, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Alterian, came to visit in June. It was obvious he had done his research and was asking good qualifying questions about our business.  He decided to stay for dinner at Barolo Restaurant that night rather than flying back home. Everything just […]

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PART III: When 1+1 Can Equal Something Greater Than 2

PART III: When 1 + 1 Can Equal Something Greater Than 2 We met at Wild Ginger for the first time in December, 2009. Misia Tramp and I talked about leveraging the available social media data for market research projects. She obviously knew her subject matter as she had been providing market research services through […]

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PART II: Continuous, Honest Self-Evaluation of the Business

PART II:  Continuous, Honest Self-Evaluation of the Business Everyone loved the idea conceptually, but securing client contracts was a whole another matter. We started selling our social media solution in late October, 2009. This had given us time to set up and train our researchers in Vietnam. When presented with our sample Lift9 reports on […]

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The Signing: Acquired by Alterian

The Dominos Pizzas arrived while we were all scattered among the desks in front of the CEO office. It was late, nearing 10pm in the Alterian office in Bristol, UK. The “deal” team was frantically making the final changes to the stock purchase agreement, while others were trying to coordinate the signing of a wide […]

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Intrepid Acquired by Alterian

It was shortly after we signed on as a customer of Techrigy’s SM2 last year that we heard about Alterian’s acquisition of the social media tools company. Now, our company, Intrepid, has just been acquired by Alterian as well. Obviously, I applaud Alterian’s vision. Together, we will be able to provide a very compelling solution […]

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Good Bye Vietnam, For Now

So concludes another trip to Vietnam. It was cooler than my last visit in Spring. It’s rainy season and the overcast skies provided some relief from the sun, and the occasional down pours cooled the city. The Intrepid research center moved during my trip. While the start-up office, two rooms in a large house, was […]

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Getting All I Asked For – Lots of Traveling

“Be careful what you wish for.” I was very specific when starting Lift9 (which has since become Intrepid Consultants) that I wanted a business that was global.  I had a lust to travel again as I had done during most of the 90s when helping to build ARIS to its IPO in 1997. Last month […]

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Disruption Creates Opportunities

Disruptive forces in history make impact that is long-lasting and change the status quo. We as humans walked and ran for majority of our history. Then, the invention of wheels disrupted our lifestyle and allowed us to be much more mobile. The Mongols disrupted the world by using horses in warfare. The US became a […]

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