WSJ SF Updates Beats

The WSJ’s SF bureau has realigned after departures of Don Clark and Scott Thurm. Bureau chief Jason Dean has divided things by enterprise hardware and enterprise software, by company. Not sure how startups and 2nd-tier players get covered in such a system.

The 2017 SWMS Podcast List

Two days ago a subscriber asked us whether we had a current list of podcasts, with pitch contacts and what they were looking for. We didn’t then but we do now. You’ll enjoy perusing our Google Doc with 37 podcasts, iTunes links and enough background to get you started. We color-coded the ones we thought you’d have the best chance of pitching.

Search Tool TechNews (IT Database) Testing New Version

A new, beta version of TechNews emerged this week. You may know the product by its old name, IT Database. By any name it’s a trusted search tool that unearths who’s been writing about what in B2B tech edit. It celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The latest TechNews version, in beta, allows users to “follow” reporters and be alerted when they write something new.

Forbes Technology Council: a Smart Way to Get Published?

Readers have been asking us about the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for C-level executives. You have to invite yourself and then pay to get in. Once you’re approved, you can publish up to ten times a year on Is it worth the money?

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SWMS Spot-Check: Mobile Speeds of Top Tech Sites

A target is a target and a hit is a hit, but one day soon you’ll choose which sites to pitch based on how they perform on mobile. One big reason: Google’s algorithms have begun to rank the mobile version of a site’s content. This means that a site’s influence increasingly hinges on how it works on the go.

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