March 18, 2009

The Pitch: Special Edition – March 18, 2009 is here! Check out the details below, or sign up to attend on Upcoming!

The Pitch is a local Eat Sleep Publish event where anyone interested in the future of publishing is welcome to come and share their thoughts.

When: March 18th, 2009, from 7-9pm.

Where: Lucid in the U-District – Seattle, WA. ( Google Knows )

The Pitch: What is the best business model for news in the next five years?

What else? There’s a $200 bar tab for participants in The Pitch, so get there early and drink often.

The Official Guest List is on upcoming.org. The venue fills up at 30 people, so be sure to put your name down before the space runs out.

Who’s Speaking?

This special edition of the Pitch will work just a bit differently than previous pitches: there will be more speaking. As I explained in my announcement post, the idea is to hear the best business ideas from entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the space. We’ll spend the rest of the time ripping those ideas apart for ethical, practical, and nonsensical reasons.

These are the people who we know we’ll be hearing from so far – more names to come (Bios will expand as the list fills in):

Todd Herman co-founder of SpinSpotter.

Ben Reed is the senior product marketing manager for Windows Media Center at Microsoft Corp. In this capacity, Reed and his team are charged with developing the marketing fundamentals and insights for Windows Media Center. Windows Media Center turns a PC into a digital video recorder, on which users can enjoy TV shows at their convenience on a PC, on TV and on the go.

Brian Westbrook find out more about him at his tech blog!

Hanson Hosein a big thinker on the future of media from the faculty at the University of Washington and formerly of MSNBC.com, Hanson will be an awesome addition to The Pitch. Check out his site.

Think you belong on this list? Shoot me an e-mail (j AT jason-preston.com) and I’ll see if we can add you to the lineup!

Who else is already on-board?

So far, you can expect to see the following fine folks at The Pitch this coming September. The complete, official guest list is self-serve over on Upcoming, but I’m going to try to keep this list as up to date as I can:

Wanna hang with these cool peeps? Get on the guest list.

How does this event work?

The Pitch is essentially a round table. Each event has a guiding question (or pitch) that the group is trying to dissect, analyze, and understand.

In this special edition of The Pitch, the “speakers” portion of the evening will be a little enhanced and elongated, so that we get a number of business ideas to discuss.

After the short presentations, the floor is open to everyone (I will be moderating). There is one microphone that will be passed around the group, and the entire event is made into an audio recording that will be sent to the attendees.

I encourage participants to be uploading photos, tweeting, or blogging their thoughts during, before, after, inside, on, around, adjacent from, or perpendicular to the event. Hopefully, we can collectively take some baby steps in understanding what publishing and journalism are becoming.

What are you waiting for? Put your name on the list.

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Past Events

Event Buzz – Who’s wagging their tongue?

Find out what people are saying about The Pitch by clicking on links.

From Brier Dudley (The Seattle Times):

The fate of the daily print media is the first topic to be covered in a new series of free, public salon discussions in Seattle…

From Renkoo Blog:

Are you interested in the future of publishing? Do you like hosted bar tabs? Are you near Seattle? Then get thee to The Pitch tonight at the McLeod Residence….

From Warren Sukernek (Twittermaven):

Last night I attended The Pitch, an awesome meeting devoted to Thoughts on the future of publishing organized by Jason Preston…