Since 2006, I strive to deliver insight on disruptive technologies and their impact on how large companies communicate with their customers. I’m currently Partner (owner, executive, and analyst) of Customer Strategy at Altimeter Group, a research based advisory firm.
I review technology products that are related to social media. I disclose who I’ve received them from, and give them away after I’m done reviewing them. The job board (right column) is an affiliate program, where I receive a percentage of fees from companies who post job openings.
(Company | Title | What I actually did)
Disruptive Technology: Industry Analyst
Altimeter Group | Partner | Strategy consultant focused on customer strategy of emerging technologies (current position since Aug 09)
Social Media: Industry Analyst
Forrester Research | Senior Analyst | Advised and researched on social computing for the interactive marketer
Social Media: Vendor Side
PodTech Network | Director of Corporate Media Strategy | Educated and advised corporations on social media, business development
Social Media: Brand Side
Hitachi Data Systems | Online Community Marketing Manager | Launched and managed integrated social media program: blogs, wiki, forum, rss, podcasts, real world events
Hitachi Data Systems | Global Web Marketing Manager | Managed global enterprise intranet and customer extranet
World Savings (now Wells Fargo) | Intranet Architect (LADM) | Aligned disparate enterprise intranet
Cable and Wireless | User Interface Designer | Designed customer extranet portal
Exodus Communications | User Interface Designer | Designed enterprise intranet, light development, and production
Board of Advisors
Previously, I sat on Board of Advisors, to offer guidance and strategy to successful startups.
After becoming an Industry Analyst, I resigned from all advisory roles and do not own stock in any of thefollowing companies. Some of the the CEOs have provided a reference regarding my service.
Board of Advisors member for Social Media Club, Non Profit User Group (2006 – July 2007) Board of Advisors member for ConnectBeam (2006 – July 2007) Board of Advisors member for Worksona, (2006 – Sept 2007) Board of Advisors member for Ustream (May 2007 – Sept 2007)
Bachelors Degree, San Francisco State University, Focus on Marketing.
I’m a young generation X who grew up with computers but not the internet. I can relate to both those that are born with the internet (natives) and those that have to learn it (immigrants). This makes my experience much more rich, as I can be the bridge between both of these worlds.
I’m a fifth generation Chinese-American, my Grandfather’s Grandfather came to the United States in the 1880s, (read story) and we’ve stayed ever since. There’s some info about my unique last name here and here.
I’m often asked how to pronounce my last name, I prefer if you pronounce my last name “Ow-Yang”, and not the Irish variation, although I won’t mind if you do.
Left: We attempt to Salsa Dance at the amusement of our wedding reception audience.
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