CES – Consumer Electronics on the Edge – Vote

CES is the hottest show in town this week…at least in Las Vegas. But, tens of thousands crowd arrive on the anthill of activity that is sure to delight the “must have it” influencers ready to lay down cash to show off the latest gadget.  For entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and big thinkers of industry, this is the “Mecca” of consumer electronics.  For my peers in marketing and public relations, it’s a chance to forecast how technology will empower companies, ...

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David Letterman Needs my Dentist – Dodge – Crowns in an Hour

Two days before Thanksgiving this year, I learned not to dodge the dentist. I had a tooth bothering me and I knew something had to be done quickly if I was to enjoy that feast of all feast holidays. That day I sat in my dentist’s chair to tell Dr. Keith Dodge my sad tale. Knowing others sat in the waiting room and there was certainly limited time to do any significant work, I was a little more than ...

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Vivint’s Todd Pedersen Takes Entrepreneur of the Year at UVEF

Entrepreneurs on Parade – Start-up Extravaganza. Call it what you will but the room was packed to hear winners of this year’s Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) 2012 Awards (press release). Winners were gracious, new products were fascinating, and the comments of entrepreneurial sages generated lots of #UVEF tweets and note taking.

“Dad said, Be the best service provider in the industry and… ...

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Popular Science – SpotterRF “Revolutionary” in Best of What’s New 2012

Radar – You’ve come a long way baby!

Popular Science calls it a “revolutionary product” for protecting soldiers and the public. Popular Science Magazine’s Best of What’s New 2012 Award goes to PilmerPR public relations client SpotterRF for their compact ground surveillance radar. This new product is a peek behind the advanced tech curtain where tremendous public risk exists.

The prestigious award from ...

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Paul Allen (the Lesser) and … – Entrepreneurial Roots of Ancestry.com

In my public relations and Utah marketing work with PilmerPR, I’ve passed a hundred times by the business park area where Ancestry.com, Vivint, TNI, and a hundred other emerging entrepreneurial companies started. I’ve done PR consulting and media relations for many of them.  This week Forbes, among many others, reported that Utah-headquartered genealogy software firm Ancestry.com  entered an agreement to be acquired by an investment group ...

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Businessweek – Vivint Acquired by Blackstone — Validation for Utah Entrepreneur in Orange Cap

UPDATE: Since writing the article below I asked Todd Pedersen the following:

What’s the likelihood of Blackstone growing the Vivint HQ outside of Utah?

Todd’s answer: “Zero. I’m not moving.”
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From my home office I can almost see the Vivint headquarters in Utah Valley’s River Bottoms.  I’ve watched with some amazement as this  small entrepreneurial start-up has grown into a industry ...

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ASIS AWARD ACCOLADES TO SPOTTERRF C40 FOR 1st RADAR UNDER $12K

Our Public Relations client SpotterRF is in the news again – 24/7 All-Weather 20 Acre Wide Area Coverage for Critical Infrastructure & Public Protection

OREM, Utah—September 5, 2012— On the heels of receiving the prestigious ASIS Accolades 2012 award, SpotterRF today ...

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MultiLing Panel on International Business

My time was well spent attending the MultiLing Multicultural Celebration. Our recent international PR work on cleantech issues for Ukraine and Singapore makes this topic timely for PilmerPR . A distinguished panel of experts offered many valuable insights on doing business internationally. Here are some of their comments “in the raw.”

 

Panelists:

Brian Chandler:   MultiLing

Localization and translation is key to international success. Think global right ...

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SpotterRF – Effective Answer for Small Airport Perimeter Security – KSL Story

87% of U.S. Airports have NO Perimeter Security Assessment. TSA pushes the problem to local law enforcement. Law enforcement points back at the TSA. So, while airports frisk grandma and spend half a billion dollars on full body scanners at the front door, who’s watching the back door for threats?

Congressman Jason Chaffetz addresses this threat head on: video

St. George airport almost lost a $20 million airplane when they could have spent less than $150k and prevented the perimeter ...

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Lottery vs. Entrepreneur – Same Risk?

The mega lottery media tsunami is back and bigger than ever with more than half a billion $dollars$ riding on the Mega Millions wave. Proponents of the lottery system might say this is a perfect way to raise state revenue. It’s voluntary unlike other forms of tax. Opponents might say the lottery is a fool’s game, preying on those least likely ...

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