Hi. This is my personal blog. I started it while Chief Executive of Reuters for the reasons I describe in the post "More Recursive Loops -- A Blog on Blogging." I found that I enjoyed writing on my own schedule and continued the practice during the last few years as CEO of Thomson Reuters.


Now that I have stepped down as Chief Executive of Thomson Reuters, there should be less confusion as to the purpose of these writings. For my part, I shall feel less constrained than while associated with the company to comment on items which Reuters journalists may be writing about or which might not live up to the requirements of independence and freedom from political affiliation imposed by the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.


I'm going to continue to write about what interests me, such as the transition from analog to digital across various media, as well as wider issues in technology, economics and politics. I will also continue to write about the small delights and ironies in every day life such as marriage to an independently-minded Finn for over a quarter century and the joys of bringing up our two kids.


Above all my aim is to engage in an electronic dialog with whomever wants to comment on a post or otherwise share their views. The views I express are totally my own and do not represent the position of any organization with which I may be affiliated.

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Donald Trump and the Kardashianization of American Politics

It was bound to come to this. At the intersection of sound bite politics and celebrities who are famous for being famous, comes Donald Trump, comb-over and mouthpiece extraordinaire. There are so many amusing angles from which to criticize Mr. Trump, it is difficult to know where to begin. I start with The Donald’s business Read More

Will I Live to Land on a Third Runway at Heathrow?

This is admittedly, even for me, a strange existential question. Perhaps this is not so unusual. We tend to be interested in the things we spend a lot of time on — thus are born hobbies. In my case, as attested in these pages,that drives me to write about my family, media and technology, financial Read More

Whither Twitter?

The resignation this week of the talented Dick Costolo ‎ as CEO of Twitter raises the question of whether a mere leadership change at the company is needed or a complete product, strategy and investor relations re-think. First, I need to declare that I’m a huge fan of Twitter the service. It is a brilliantly Read More

Scooped by a Machine

When Twitter’s first quarter results were inadvertently released early, investors did not learn about the disappointing results from Bloomberg, Reuters or another traditional news source. Selerity, a six year-old start-up, obtained the scoop. Nor was this a story of intrepid reporting or carefully developed inside sources; it was Selerity’s powerful web crawler which located the Read More

Venture Capital by the Shores of Lake Como

Last week I gave a series of talks at the Ambrosetti Finance Forum in Lake Como Italy. In addition to being a beautiful location to enjoy the arrival of Spring, the old world charm of the Villa d’Este was the perfect backdrop to discuss the differences between European and US venture capital. Twice a year, Read More

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