Lots of great people hanging (read: drinking) and learning from each other up at Portland’s Internet Strategy Forum Summit in July. I watch from Cali as pals like Josh Bancroft helped organize folks for dinner. And folks like Intel Blogfather Bryan Rhoads was their “tapping pools of knowledge capital.” He is a great guy to learn from — big heart, good experience and great stories. Nice to hear him hook up with our PodTech pals Jeremiah and Scoble. I’ve learned so much from these guys, yet sometimes it feels like it’s just the beginning.
Bryan is Intel’s first Blogfather — they’ll be sequels — who led the first successful Intel blog pilot IT@Intel that later paved the way for a family of Intel blogs like Technology@Intel, Research@Intel and a handful of others. He has coined some of my favorite phrases like “there were pioneers, but now the settlers” are diving into social media. One of my favorites was: “One of my roles is to get out of the way” and let the bloggers do their thing. But one to live by: consensus building helps you get management to “get your back” so you can run and try things.
Watch for much more wisdom and greatness from the Blogfather staring in a new role inside Intel.