Join Barb and John as they discuss some of the top stories of the week, offering their insights and opinions on those stories as well as some of their own ideas of what and why things are unfolding as they are.
Joining the show during the second hour is author and adviser to start-ups and established corporations in technology, entertainment, media, and e-commerce, Ken Goldstein. Ken will be discussing Is Facebook the Next AOL?, which Ken recently wrote an article about and published on his blog, Corporate Intel.
Is it alarmist to think that Facebook could collapse at the level of AOL simply because of its latest data breaches?
According to Ken Goldstein that is a possibility, but he believes it would be overstating the calamity of Facebook’s current situation. Ken also believes if Facebook does implode, it will likely be a slow and painful process much like AOL, with a long-tail legacy business lingering into the digital future. Although Ken is not predicting what will happen, he does suggest what Facebook may be facing if it does not radically rethink its business in real time and take immediate action to course correct.
Ken will discuss some of the most obvious areas of overlap between Facebook and AOL as well as what Facebook needs to be doing now to save itself.
Ken Goldstein advises start-ups and established corporations in technology, entertainment, media, and e-commerce. He currently serves as board chair at ThriftBooks Global, the worldwide market leader in online sales of used books. In addition, Ken also serves as Board Chair and is a frequent contributor at The Good Men Project, an expansive digital content site offering perspectives on social issues in the 21st century. He publishes the business blog CorporateIntel and speaks often on the topics of innovation and creativity. Ken’s first book, This Is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness, was published by The Story Plant in 2013. It was a Barnes and Noble Online bestseller, and a stage adaptation is in development. His second book, Endless Encores: Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits, was published by The Story Plant in 2015. His third book, From Nothing: A Novel of Technology, Bar Music, and Redemption, will be published by The Story Plant in 2018 and is due out in June 2018.
Ken served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of SHOP.COM, an integrated marketplace developing creative new experiences for online consumer commerce through the convenience of OneCart®, its patented universal shopping cart. SHOP.COM was acquired by Market America, where Ken became a strategic advisor to the company’s founders and senior management. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Disney Online, the business unit of the Walt Disney Internet Group that produced the leading entertainment web destination for kids and families. Key achievements at Disney developed by his teams included launch of the first massively multiplayer online game for kids, Toontown, as well as , , and the broadband service, Disney Connection.
Prior to Disney, Ken was Vice President of entertainment at Broderbund Software and Founding General Manager of the company’s Red Orb Entertainment division. Before the formation of Red Orb, he was responsible for all aspects of development on Broderbund’s acclaimed Carmen Sandiego series. He also worked as a designer/producer at Philips Interactive Media and Cinemaware Corporation, and for several years as a screenwriter and television executive.
Ken and his wife, Shelley, who teaches English as a Second Language, make their home in Southern California, where Ken is active in children’s welfare issues and local government. He has served on the boards of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, and Full Circle Programs. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
For more information, please visit Ken’s LinkedIn Profile.
Original air date January 20, 2018
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