Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Need a New Doctor? Check Out Vitals.com Before Your First Check-up

I don't often use this personal blog to promote my work, but felt the following link to one of my recent entrepreneur profiles was relevant to my ongoing mission here.

The subject is Mitch Rothschild, who is CEO of an Internet company called Vitals.com. The site lists all (yes, ALL) the doctors and dentists in the United States along with "vital" information about their speciality, office hours, visit policies and so forth. You might even be able to read some "reviews" about the clinician you are considering.

For example, I should have used the site to check out my new-ish internist. I would have discovered earlier on in the process that while she's got a great "bedside manner," her office tends to be pretty poor about follow-up. Plus, I would have figured out earlier to bring more than one book while waiting for my appointment.

If you're thinking about a new doctor because your insurance plan changed or you just need a change, you should definitely check out the site - and read my article about the company's ongoing strategy.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Favorite Project, Reincarnated

When I was still holding a "real" editorial job, hands-down my favorite project to cycle around every year was the annual Hall of Fame issue and event.

Picking the candidates was guaranteed to create controversy among the staff, and then there was the matter of convincing the inductees themselves to show up for the awards ceremony.

I still remember spending one dinner at the Computer History Museum sitting between Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and spreadsheet wizard Dan Bricklin, feeling both star-struck and utterly out of my realm. Or, another time, convincing one not-so-nice inductee not to leave during an especially long speech.

During the years I have been blessed to meet so many people who have truly transformed the industry - and who also turned out to be super-approachable people.

My most memorable encounters of this sort have included:


I was thrilled to learn last year that after a hiatus of several years, tech industry association CompTIA has revived this annual tradition. Even more thrilled when they asked me to help think of great nominations for the future.

I've managed to nail down three of them for certain, but I'm working on even more.

So, here's a challenge: If you know someone who deserves recognition as a pioneer of the high-technology, I encourage you to bring that person to my attention.

Being that the Hall of Fame has been around for close to 20 years now, take a moment to check the list of past inductees to see who has already been inducted.

You'll notice that the Hall of Fame doesn't just focus on technologists, developers or engineers. We are also looking for business model innovators, too.

Last year's inductees for that category are great example - they were the inventors of a peer community that gave small technology resellers a bigger voice with the vendors they were representing. The concept they created has now become the powerful VentureTech Network, representing hundreds of computer VARs, systems integrators and managed service providers who bring technology solutions to small and midsize businesses.

Have an idea for someone worthy? Send me a personal email with your rationale.

Looking forward to your suggestions!