This is the first in a series of interviews with business leaders about their successes, their failures and the path they took. We’ll cover:
- The Quick Take –Nuggets of advice and self- assessed peaks and valleys.
- The Back Story – How did they get to where they got?
- What We Can Learn from His Side of the Desk –Insights from their work.
Interviewing the Interviewer
Jay Campbell, Editorial Director, The BTN Group
Jay Campbell has accomplished a feat that many entrepreneurs would envy. He sold his company to ProMedia in 2006 and then sold ProMedia to Northstar in 2010. Not bad for a start up that once shared office space with mold, mice and a marijuana-growing neighbor.
The Quick Take:
Best Advice: “Whatever you are doing it is going to be over soon – so don’t get riled up about what is going on today because it is going to change.”
Greatest Failure: Accidentally emailing his mailing list to his mailing list. He thought that would be a big issue, but turned out to be a mere blip that was soon forgotten by everyone but Jay who saw to it that that never happened again.
Greatest Success: Identifying the changing news habits of the audience early on and using his available resources and open systems architecture to build a community of contributors and readers.
What Makes Jay Crazy: Corporate employees who have forgotten about the First Amendment’s protection of the freedom of the press and blanket pitches.