Interesting people in NYC

While in New York I briefly met a few people involved in the online industry in my last few days there. I met some interesting people like Michael Sharon, formerly from South Africa and no relation to Ariel, who is…

Reality can go to hell (1)

After two weeks in the States and the madness of New York, Florida is where we planned to have the holiday part of our holiday. Fort Lauderdale is flat and full of pastel colours. It’s pretty tacky and kitsch, but…

IIE/Goldman Sachs Global Leaders

At the International Institute of Education’s (IIE) Global Leaders event yesterday in New York, sponsored by Goldman Sachs, we addressed about 50 or so university students, handpicked as achievers from all around the world — including one student that had…

Newspapers will not die, ever

Listen up. Newspapers are NOT going to die or be “replaced” — not ever. Had an interesting pow wow with Ben Hammersely, “special prototypes guy” (his title) at the Guardian Unlimited. We shared the panel at the Goldman Sachs Global…

Craig of Craigslist

Met Craig of Craigslist, that awesome, minimalist classifieds site started in the US. We were at a cocktail party lastnight in a rather nice Manhattan penthouse suite, near Union Square. Also finally met Mary McBride, the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders…

Changing media's battlefield

Ok play is over. Need to do some business here. Conference is tomorrow where I’ll be chatting about online journalism vs traditional journalism. This is often how today’s changing media world is portrayed: 1. online journ VS print journ; online…

Soccer in NYC

Me watching soccer world cup final in a pub yesterday in Greenwich, Manhattan If New York is anything to go by, then Americans love soccer. The sport is much bigger than I expected it would be. In fact this world…

Sore feet

Bridge in Central Park Bridge and I were walking just behind Ethan Hawke outside the MTV studios on Times Square, yesterday. It was weird to see someone you see on the big screen in real life. I thought he’d have…

Cos she's an uptown girl

Sorry to inflict you with a picture of myself… but this is me outside Times Square Yeah… today, Tuesday, we headed off to midtown Manhattan towards the central park area. Central Park is huge — bigger than the “country” of…

The thing about New York

Sign from a building, overlooking the Ground Zero site site. Democracy and free speech at work. What can I say: this place is amazing. This is Rome, Centre of the modern world. Wireless internet is plentiful, laptops are cheap. I’m…

We're going downtown

We’re staying at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in downtown New York in a Manhattan suburb called Tribeca (bordered by Soho and Greenwich Village). It’s one of the suburbs close to the 9/11 WTC attack, which has suffered in recent years, but…

On my way to New York

At the airport about to take off for our flight to New York. Am going to the US to participate in the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Programme where I will be on a panel talking about new media and online…