You'll Never Wok Alone

Ask a successful male of a certain age to cite a role model who taught him the value of preparation, discipline and plain ol’ hard work during adolescence, and chances are he’ll name a grizzled American archetype like a football coach. ... Read on.

#career  #discipline  #rolemodels  #cooking  #hardwork

Whacking the Piñata

During my career, I’ve spent time at every point along the investor food chain. I’ve experienced the purity of being a venture-backed entrepreneur in the dot-com bubble. Then I founded one of the first seed funds in New York City. Now I’ve gone back to the operating side. ... Read on.

#startup  #vc  #entrepreneur  #pinata  #investor

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Or: The Ancient Roman Origins of Native Advertising)

Truly original ideas are hard to come by. Search was a big one. The way social media has evolved makes it unlike anything else as well. And marketers have told us that PebblePost’s Programmatic Direct Mail® is a unique new marketing channel. ... Read on.

#digital  #tangiblemedia  #native advertising  #romans

The Farmer in the Deal (Or: Sowing the Seeds of a Startup)

The most common question we get here at PebblePost is: “How did you come up with the idea for Programmatic Direct Mail®?” ... Read on.

#digital  #programmatic  #startup  #tangiblemedia  #founder

Wax On, Wax Off (Or: A Mentoring Moment)

The dynamic is as old as business itself. The young hotshot wants to go all in on the current trend. He’s frustrated that the old hand is skeptical. Then one day reality smacks the kid in the face and he realizes the old hand was right. ... Read on.

#serendipity  #mentoring  #aol

“My Preference”

Eric Wheeler, Founder and CEO of 33across, and I came up with this joke at a venture event. If you’re in the VC world and familiar with “Lord of the Rings,” you’ll immediately understand the reference. ... Read on.

#greed  #venturecapitalist  #vc

Stop the World — I Want to Get Off

“The only thing worse than a company that’s accustomed to failure is a company that is failing and unaccustomed to admitting it.” ... Read on.

#verizon buys yahoo  #timarmstrongaol

Digital Myopia and Geo-Targeting

One of the fun things about being an early-bird digital media entrepreneur and seed-stage venture fund founder is that I have gotten to enjoy a lot of [r]evolutionary moments. Often it’s like the famous scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, when the Neanderthal throws the bone in the air and in the blink of an eye it becomes a spaceship. But sometimes, it’s like a crew member on that ship forgot basic terrestrial skills. ... Read on.

#programmaticdirectmail  #lewisgersh  #geotargeting

Is Digital About to Have its Curtain Call?

I just posted my most recent column in Marketing Land, looking at trajectory for one of the biggest shows in town - digital marketing. True, when you add up all of digital marketing it is big enough to eclipse the size of the TV advertising business in the US. But that growth is going to be challenged by ad blockers, response rates, and challenges on fraud and viewability. ... Read on.

#programmatic  #ad tech

Funding is for the Cast and Crew

I am very excited to share that PebblePost received a $5M investment led by Greycroft. But I’m most excited about something other than the money. ... Read on.

About Lewis

Lewis GershCurrent Chief Stamp Licker (a.k.a. CEO) at PebblePost, former VC in adtech, long-time endurance athlete, happy dad to “The Heathens.”

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