Tag Archives: lift9

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 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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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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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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Video blog: Back in Vietnam where it Began

The first video blog post. Would love any feedback.

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After Merger, Harnessing Friction to Hone The Blade

Organizational optimization, now that’s a mouth full. Whenever you go through a merger, there is some underlying compelling business reason. Successfully integrating two entities, however, isn’t as easy as merely modeling out a new business plan. At Intrepid, we just merged Lift9 and Intrepid. On paper, the prospects are exciting as we merged a creative […]

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Report on Nordstorm Shows Lift9′s Capabilities

Here on this blog, I’ve often written about the progress of my newest venture, Lift9. My thoughts on company-building and entrepreneurship are a recurring theme for sure. After coming up with a business plan in July and finding the right partners, we started hiring and building a social media research center in Ho Chi Minh, […]

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In the Zone Week

I’ve had an “in the zone” type of a week, where things just fall into place. The Lift9 research center in Vietnam is now set up. Our web site will soon be launched (sorry, but with so many execution points, this has taken a back seat). Now, more good news seem to be on the […]

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Building an International Team is Challenging, Rewarding

Hiring new employees is always a challenge. Trying to hire in a foreign country takes the challenge to another level. Lift9 is building part of its social media research center in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to support our efforts here in the states. We believe that in order to make much of the social media […]

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