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The Unintended Consequences of Fleeting Fame


September 20, 2013

Doug Hadden, VP Products

Has fame become more fleeting than Andy Warhol's 15 minutes of fame in this always-on social media/cable news accoustic space that we live in that was aptly described by Marshall McLuhan? We've seen how dangerous persistant fame can be to celebrities. What about a little sliver of fame in a contained space? As I've found out, it can have unintended consequences.

It all started two months ago when I heard, through the social media grapevine, that Ray Wang, the Founder and Chairman of Constallation Research was going to be in DC. We connected via twitter and he came by our modest Washington offices. What surprises me most about Ray is his ability to glean patterns in the noise while he is immersed in it. He cuts across analyst specializations to uncover great insights.

A few days later, Ray was on CXOTalk speaking with Michael Krigsman and Vala Afshar. I've been following Michael for a long time because of his expertise in IT project failure – which is something that we very much try to avoid at FreeBalance!

At about minute 34 in the discussion (see below), Ray tells Michael and Vala about how he uses social media and that he met Alex Howard and me IRL (in real life) for the first time while in DC. Then Ray provided the opinion that I am "wicked smart".

My big mistake was to mention this to my colleagues. "What do you mean that you can't write 7 press releases today, you're wicked smart."


And, that was just the start!

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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