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Dean Karnazes, named by Time magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” and Men’s Health Magazine as the “Fittest Man on the Planet” is a world-recognized expert on technology and fitness. He’s best known for pushing human limits including running 350 continuous miles, without sleep, in three days; winning the Badwater Ultramarathon covering 135 miles in Death Valley in the middle of summer with temps up to 120 degrees; and for completing 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days.

The world-recognized expert on technology and fitness, and member of The North Face ambassador team, will help you look and feel your best by showing you how the latest fitness gadgets and smartphone can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Dean will share his tips and secrets for living healthier using technologies, ranging from free apps to the latest gadgets.

We’ll have free technical t-shirts, Clif Bars and ZICO coconut water, and a chance to win a free Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone ($649.99 MSRP), or a Fitbit Flex wireless activity and sleep wristband ($99.95 MSRP).

Following Dean’s presentation, he’ll be on hand to sign autographs and meet attendees. Full details can be found at Facebook.

Dominic, David Hiller (photographer) and Kathy...
Image by kathyjohnson via Flickr

The green hat photo that has been used on this blog is a bit old and I’m tired of looking like Kermit’s sista, so we’ve recently swapped it out for a more recent picture.  Indeed, it was just taken last week by famed photographer David Hiller (in the middle of this photo), best known for shooting rock & roll legends like Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, and my all time fave, Neil Diamond (swoooon).  He’s also shot the likes of Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie and several other celebs.  Now he can count a couple of nerds amongst the profile shots in his portfolio.

The photo is just a placeholder for now.  You will probably be seeing some slight modifications to the site and blog in the days and weeks to come.

Last week, our team was out and about at both TechCrunch50 and DEMO.  For me, it was the end of my self-imposed networking exile as I had taken a hiatus from the shoulder rubbing to rub my tummy following my op.  Speaking of rubbing shoulders, I noticed there were more women at the conference this year and saw many familiar faces.  Orli Yakuel was there and I meant to thank her for including me in her list of “50 Most Power Females in Technology,” as it continues to generate buzz amongst the blogging community.

Here are a few other articles that continue the buzz:

Dominic Johnson & Heddi Cundle (Consort Partners), Dan Cohen (Pageflakes), Kathy Johnson (Consort Partners) I’ve been wanting to work with Pageflakes for a long time – ever since Klaus Hommels first told me about it over a year ago. In fact, when he and I were first collaborating together on another one of his portfolio companies, wunderloop, Klaus sent me his wunderloop “flake” – a customized webpage containing all the news, blog mentions, competitive information, Alexa charts, etc. about wunderloop and the behavioral advertising space. I didn’t know you could share “flakes” with other people (it’s like getting a peak into what Klaus was reading every day to stay on top of his investment companies). Anyway, late last year, we finally had the honor of working together with Pageflakes and absolutely admire and adore the team, headed by CEO Dan Cohen. Dan is a seasoned internet veteran who knows the ropes about building vibrant companies and brands throughout the world. Indeed, his background as the head of My Yahoo! was called upon given the current Microsoft/Yahoo news. He has a unique insight into the potential implications on search and advertising that companies and individuals might experience if it goes through, so we’ll be watching that space closely.

Although a tough businessman, Dan also got a great sense of humor, which we indulged when we were in NYC together for AlwaysOn Media. Here Dominic, Heddi and I are giving Dan some Consort love.

AlwaysOn Media NYC 2008 003 We just returned from NYC late last night after attending the AlwaysOn Media conference at the Mandarin Oriental. We were there to support two companies in the digital media space – T5M and Independent Comedy Network; and four companies in the Web Services category – PageFlakes, ShareThis, coComment, and Boxbe.

Noah Gellman of AlwaysOn was especially helpful in reviewing everyone’s presentation before they went on stage – offering constructive criticism and observations. He also introduced us to several new contacts in the VC, investment banking and legal fields.

Dominic, Andrea, Heddi and myself are all in New York next week to attend the AlwaysOn Media conference. We’ll be supporting our clients as they take the stage for their 6 minute presentations, followed by commentary from expert panelists from the VC and investment banking community. I’ll provide more updates and will naturally be taking lots of photos while there, but here is the agenda for you to check out in the meantime: AlwaysOn Media NYC

This year’s theme for the Liquid Brand Summit, hosted by the incredible minds at Liquid Agency (who designed our new look and feel) is “What’s Next?” They chose the theme in recognition of the fact that brand marketers need to stay ahead of the ever changing digital landscape in order to keep their ideas and approaches fresh, distinctive and relevant. Therefore, they’ve planned a day full of topics that address the latest trends and the issues that are most relevant to marketers today, delivered directly by the executives who are pioneering these new best practices.

Shireen Piramoon, Alfredo Muccino (Liquid Agency), Kathy Johnson (Consort Partners) The Liquid Brand Summit 2008 is a one-day exclusive event, attended by brand and marketing executives from technology companies. During the summit they’ll discuss a number of relevant and timely topics in engaging and highly participatory round table sessions moderated by experienced, senior branding and marketing executives from some of the world’s most respected technology brands.

We are true believers in Liquid (I’ve personally known and worked with Alfredo Muccino, Chief Creative Officer of Liquid for over 15 years) and would highly recommend you set aside the day to mix and mingle with like-minded executives while taking note of the most innovative ways to reach consumers and partners.

Save up to $250!

We’ve negotiated a special discounted rate for friends of Consort Partners that will save you up to $250 from the Late Registration rate. We suggest you sign up now and get the sessions you want, as they’re assigned on a first come-first serve basis.  And make sure you ask Liquid for the Consort discount!

The registration fee includes:
• Participation in two sessions
• Continental breakfast
• Keynote presentation
• Lunch at The Four Seasons Hotel
• Hosted Cocktail Party
• Brand Impact Awards Banquet
• Best Practices Report 2008

Yesterday I discovered that Marc Orchant had suffered a heart attack. As he is a blogger, I heard about it through the Internet and Twitter feeds from his good friend and fellow blogger, Oliver Starr. This morning, as I sit in my hotel room in Paris, I have just read the post below written by Oliver below.

I first met Marc through email. We chatted back and forth in advance of the DEMO Fall conference in San Diego this past September. We then hooked up via Facebook so we would know what each other looked like. But with 2000 others in attendance, it wasn’t so easy to find each other. But we did. He was an effervescent and radiantly nice person. We kept in touch afterwards via email and I followed his Twitter tweets every day. He was one of life’s nice people. He will be missed.

Marc Orchant

From Oliver Starr’s blog

Update: 2:56PM Pacific Time December 9th, 2007:

It is with great sadness that I report that Marc Orchant, Husband to Sue, Father to Rebecca and Jason, and friend to so many, passed away just a short time ago. I was notified by Marc’s brother Craig.

His family and closest friends were at his side and his favorite music was playing. Craig said that Marc’s passing was as peaceful and easy as anyone could have hoped and he left this world surrounded by love from so many people that he couldn’t possibly have failed to know how many people cared for, appreciated and respected him.

Anyone that knew Marc also knew how much he loved music; especially the Grateful Dead. The excerpt below is from one of the songs that helped the family say goodbye to Marc and helped Marc move on to the next world. I talked to Marc almost every single day for the past couple of years. I’m sure that I’m not alone when I say that I am going to miss him so, so much.

To allow for people that may need to travel and take time of work, services are most likely going to be held this coming Wednesday afternoon at the Temple where the Orchants are members. I will provide more specific details as soon as they have been provided to me. Marc’s family expressed once again their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support that the technology community has shown in this very difficult time. Your warmth, concern and friendship will not be forgotten.

River gonna take me
Sing me sweet and sleepy
Sing me sweet and sleepy
all the way back home
It’s a far gone lullaby
sung many years ago
Mama, Mama, many worlds I’ve come
since I first left home

Goin home, goin home
by the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

Oliver has set up a Paypal account for donations and contributions to Marc’s family. You can access it here: