Sunday, October 24, 2010

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Monday, April 19, 2010

A brief clip of my appearance on the WSJ Report with Maria Bartiromo: http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1470868371&play=1

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I was a geek but now aspire to wonk. Joe Walker @WSJcareers thoughtfully captures the ups + downs: http://j.mp/wsjprofile

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Q&A: The Hacker’s Approach to Education Reform" http://j.mp/dnjvWT (My thanks to @losangelista for distilling the interview into a coherent whole.)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Reid vs. Steele? My comments on NPR's Tell Me More: http://bit.ly/8XaDhq and a great roundup in New York: http://bit.ly/8XNXDK.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid privately told two journalists in 2008 that Obama was more electable because he's "light-skinned" and lacked a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." While the media is abuzz about "sensational...racially tinged remarks," I ask "Was Harry Reid Right?" See my take at The Root: http://bit.ly/4z3G9F

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Props to Mom:

About ten years ago, Brian Lamb, founder of C-SPAN, had just interviewed the writer Frank McCourt. McCourt invited Lamb to head uptown on the subway. My mom sees them and introduces herself to McCourt as the mother of a former student (McCourt was one of my HS English teachers). En route uptown, they all chat and it makes such an impression on Lamb that he reached out recently and invited me to be a guest on his show Q & A.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Below are three biographies of varying length.

Also, in case it is helpful, Wasow rhymes with Picasso (or, if you know your African geography, Burkina Faso).

One-hundred word bio:

Omar Wasow, 39, is a Ph.D. candidate in African American studies and Government at Harvard. His research focuses on race and politics, particularly in relation to education and crime. In addition, Omar is the co-founder and strategic advisor to BlackPlanet.com, a social network he helped grow to over three million users a month. Omar also works to demystify technology through regular TV and radio segments. In 2003, he helped found a K-8 charter school in Brooklyn. He is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship. He can be reached at owasow at gmail dot com.

Short bio:

Omar Wasow, 39, is a Ph.D. candidate in African American studies and Government at Harvard. In addition to his graduate work, Omar is the co-founder of BlackPlanet.com and an on-air technology analyst. Under Omar’s leadership BlackPlanet.com became the leading site for African Americans, reaching over three million people a month. Omar also works to demystify technology issues through regular TV and radio segments on shows like NBC's Today, CNN's American Morning and public radio's Tavis Smiley show. Similarly, Omar tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series 'Oprah Goes Online'.

In 1999, as a result of his active participation in a number of social issues, particularly the charter school movement, Omar was selected to be a fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership program. In fall 2003, a K-8 charter school that Omar helped found opened in his hometown of Brooklyn. In 2007, in recognition of the promise of his academic research, the National Science Foundation selected him for a Graduate Research Fellowship. Most recently, the Aspen Institute selected him for their Henry Crown Fellowship that recognizes emerging leaders. He received his BA in Race and Ethnic Relations from Stanford University. He can be reached at owasow at gmail dot com.

Long bio:

Omar Wasow, 39, is a Ph.D. candidate in African American studies and Government at Harvard. In addition to his graduate work, Omar is the co-founder of BlackPlanet.com and an on-air technology analyst. Under Omar’s leadership BlackPlanet.com became the leading site for African Americans, reaching over three million people a month. Omar also works to demystify technology issues through regular TV and radio segments on NBC's Today Show, CNN's American Morning and public radio's Tavis Smiley Show. Similarly, Omar tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series 'Oprah Goes Online'.

Omar's success as a credible and friendly guide to the Internet led Newsweek to name him one of the "fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace," and People magazine to call him the "Sexiest Internet Executive." Successful Meetings Magazine named him one of the "21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century."

In 1999, as a result of his active participation in a number of social issues, particularly the charter school movement, Omar was selected to be a fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership program. In fall 2003, a K-8 charter school that Omar helped found opened in his hometown of Brooklyn. In 2007, in recognition of the promise of his academic research, the National Science Foundation selected him for a Graduate Research Fellowship. Most recently, the Aspen Institute selected him for their Henry Crown Fellowship that recognizes emerging leaders. He received his BA in Race and Ethnic Relations from Stanford University. He can be reached at owasow at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

TV Appearances:

Here is a a 90-second clip with highlights of various TV appearances:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Martha Stewart and I discussed how technology can help people save money during the holidays on her show.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

What does the Perspective on Politics review say about my boy Keith Darden's new book? It's "a landmark," and "a remarkable contribution to the literature."

The review does a great job of explaining why the book matters. The author points to two ways of reading the book. First, "the book is about how economic ideas shaped the mental models and preferences of governing elites of the post-Soviet states and, consequently, shaped the institutional arrangements of those countries." Second, you can "read it as an attempt to use the case of post-Soviet states as a vehicle for developing a very challenging theory of economic ideas..."

In sum: "The measure of Darden’s achievement is the fact that irrespective of how one reads the book—as an applied comparative politics study or as an effort at broad theory development—the conclusion is bound to be the same: It is a remarkable contribution to the literature."

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Some tips for saving money this holiday shopping season:
Have other tips or suggestions? Send me an email at owasow {-at-} gmail dot com or find me on twitter: @owasow

Monday, November 23, 2009

Five tech gift suggestions on Today in two minutes and twenty-six seconds:



{and in under five seconds: Kindle for readers, Ooma free phone calls in US, Kodak Zi8 for portable HD video, Jawbone PRIME for quiet calls, Samsung LCD TV for couch potatoes}

Friday, October 30, 2009

Is using wifi safe? Yesterday's Today Show segment shows how easy it is to sniff unsecured packets of data. I offered a few tips but wasn't able to convey that the odds of something bad happening when using unsecured wifi are very low. Case in point, I share my home wifi.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How to get smarter about social media? Some recommendations from the NAMIC conference panel with Kay Madati, Laela Sturdy, Denmark West:
Forgot to mention my appearance on Oprah last week - her favorite new gadgets.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oprah's new favorite jeans + gadgets? See this Thursday.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Department of Shameless Self Promotion: 90 seconds of fall tech trends on Today.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

For those at my TS2 Keynote, below are the 10 projects for integrating social media and face-to-face marketing:

  1. Read Clara Shih’s The Facebook Era or the free ENGAGEMENTdb report
  2. Set-up a Twitter account, use and promote a hashtag, get to 100 followers
  3. Post status updates to your personal facebook account every day for two weeks or create a page for your event on facebook and get 200 fans through regular outreach
  4. Join an industry-related online community or electronic mailing list and post a question or comment
  5. Create and moderate an industry specific electronic mailing list where members can post questions, jobs, news items, comments. Try Yahoo Groups or Google Groups
  6. Start an industry-specific blog with news, comments and other info. Try WordPress.
  7. Build a private year-round community to for the folks who attend your conference or event. For something simple, try Ning. For a more sophisticated community, try a consultancy.
  8. Use Twitter to start a breaking news feed for your industry.
  9. Program or partner to develop an app for facebook, Force.com, iPhone, OpenSocial.
  10. Develop a multi-channel approach including services like social networks, blogs, wikis, apps, YouTube and a private branded online community to superserve your audience.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tavis Smiley and I discuss the evolution of smartphones and growing competition.