Among the interesting and inspiring people that I was able to spend time with over the past 36 hours were:

Henry Copeland of BlogAds.com who took time off to come and talk to my class about his experiences doing start-ups and the current state of advertising on blogs. (Thanks Henry. There’s no substitute for real world experience when it comes to entrepreneurship and you showed us a lot in a short time).

Cory Doctorow, who was generous with his time at UNC and at Duke — we did sell out of Overclocked — and with Red Hat Magazine — see articles below for more on Cory’s visit and see the ibiblio Speakers page for a video of his UNC talk soon. Cory’s Salon article “Steve Jobs iTunes Dance” is worth going through the obligatory commercial to read.

Bob Bradley, “Rock and Roll Poet,” who took time over coffee this morning to talk about his plans for a multistate multimedia project that I am proud to say that ibiblio will try our damnest to be a part of. Bob’s working out of Tennessee State University on this.

Steve Buttry of American Press Institute who stopped by the UNC J-School to talk about the Newspaper Next project with my brilliant colleagues: Richard Cole, Phil Meyer, Frank Fee, Morris Rosenberg and Louise Spieler. A wonderful conversation.

Nan Lin
, whose work on Social Capital I’ve taught for several years now, was here at UNC to meet with the TRLN Fellows. I can’t believe that he’s been only 15 miles away, at Duke, and we’ve never met. A couple of hours with him is sure to have uplifted all of our ideas and conceptions of Social Capital and will I think move our Social Software researching groups in the School of Information and Library Science forward in a big way. Great colleagues there too. (Again I was on the run today and had to hog the first few minutes of questions and then run. Better questions were in the offing as Fred was talking as I ran out).

2 Responses to “Still processing: Henry Copeland, Cory Doctorow, Bob Bradley, Steve Buttry, Nan Lin”
  1. Anton Zuiker says:

    So many interesting and talented and smart and successful people seem to orbit around you, Paul. I’m thankful that I get to hang around your universe a bit — Cory’s talk was great, and I got to sit next to Bob Bradley and catch up with him (we met last Fall). Keep telling us about these opportunities to catch the comets that streak into the Chapel Hill galaxy.

  2. Paul says:

    A lot of good people made all of this happen. Henry agreed to leave work and come talk to students on a beautiful day. Cory agreed to come over and talk (and Duke allowed us time for that). Bob has unstoppable energy and kept at me despite my overscheduling myself. Louise saw that Steve had some time to spend before he had to fly out and Steve was good enough to use that time to talk with us. Bascha and Red Hat Magazine were nice enough to include me in a discussion with Cory. The TRLN Fellows, especially Laura and Carolyn, did something that I haven’t done in about four or five years which is call up Nan Lin and arrange for him to come over. And Nan Lin agreed.

    I’m lucky to be amongst you all.

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