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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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4 responses to “Nice Marketing Blackbox Republic – But Maybe I Was Right to be Skeptical”

  1. Jeff Nolan

    I wrote 7 paragraphs on this and only 2 dealt with Blackbox Republic, the bulk of my post explored how social networks are evolving for affinity groups and how location based services are converging on this opportunity. I wish you would stop writing things like “falling over themselves” when referencing my post because it is a misrepresentation of what I wrote.

    We exchanged notes on this the last time you referenced my post and at that time you seemed to acknowledge the narrative of my post not being a puff piece for Blackbox. Clearly you have something against Sam and that is your prerogative but I must again ask that you stop misrepresenting what I wrote about Blackbox. Sam is a friend of mine and I wrote about his company one time because I found it interesting for a reason not at all related to the market they were addressing but I didn’t write about it again even when Sam asked if I would like to get an update, so please stop painting me as a shill for Sam.

  2. Sam Lawrence

    I get why you wanted to put this post up, Ben. You got slapped around pretty hard from your first one. You’re obviously still upset.

    FWIW, the timing you have is spot on, April and I left the company over two months ago. That’s why you can’t find us. The company is in new hands now. Feel free to continue to follow it.

    As for what I’m doing now. Keep your eye out for the news.

  3. Ben Kepes

    @Jeff – I lumped you in with a bunch of other writers. While I wasn’t getting at you per se I was making a point that a number of people who one wouldn’t normally expect to cover a company like BBR did so. I have nothing at all against Sam – I think I’ve met him once but I have no issues whatsoever – it was merely a comment on bloggers and who and how they chose to cover companies. Sorry you feel that I’m getting at you with this post – that was not the intention…

    @Sam – thanks for your comment. Actually I put up this post becuase
    1) A friend pinged me and asked me for an update and
    2) I like to follow up when I prognosticate pessimistically about a company.
    I didn’t get “slapped around” and no, I’m not at all upset about whatever anyone may have said back then. Having traded blows with people like Dennis Howlett over a number of years, anything said when I made my original post is a nothing in the scheme of things.

    Interesting that you and April left the company – and interested that you’re on to your next big thing. I’ll look out for it and keep a completely open mind about it – my neutrality is assured 😉

  4. Ben Kepes

    Oh and Sam, according to this page – – you’re still CEO of BBR