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About Jeff Silbert

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08/16/2010

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John A. Danko

Nice post Jeff. It is amazing however how many executives can't get out of the way of their own ego to visualize trending, and how it will impact their business.

Jeff Silbert

Thanks John. Owners and executives get so focused on the daily activities of running a business that they are not even aware of what is happening until it is too late and all or most of the value has been lost.

Tom

Jeff, excellent observations,

and puts me in mind of a CD-ROM business that I was involved with around 1995... the company was going great guns with educational software, but beginning to dabble in the web and wrestling with digital assets - could these efforts co-exist beyond the intermediate term and obtain value in two forms? One day I sat down with webmaster Omar Ahmad and he said to me "Tom, we've got the same content but you're shipping boxes and I'm going to be distributing bytes." Like Jim Dandy Mangrum of BOA, I knew it was just a matter of time.

CD-ROMs trended pretty quickly on the hypotenuse toward zero. But yesterday at the Apple Store I held KA's "Math Blaster" in my hands, and took a demo. I was amazed at 1) the staying power of this title, and 2) the overall cheapness and insubstantiality of the experience. I can't believe it's still around!

Can't believe either of us is still around too, my friend! Keep on truckin'.

Jeff Silbert

Thanks Tom, great comment and also great to hear from you. Just read your blog about your close encounter with David Bowie and Iman, http://www.celebrity-romp.blogspot.com, enjoyed your writing style.

As for KA's "Math Blaster", similar to my kids playing a game now called Zoombinis which is also quite dated. These experiences are more the exception that prove the rule (you can still purchase Invention Studio on Amazon 15 years later http://amzn.to/9y1FbI). Thanks for the run at Discovery Channel, I enjoyed every moment of my experience especially the great people I had the pleasure to work with under you!!

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