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Silence is Not an Option

Today, tens of thousands of San Francisco residents and workers were hit by an extended power outage, and while the internet was abuzz and many people were stranded, PG&E’s website and social media channels were silent. It’s the kind of malpractice that’s certain to spawn yet another round of “hold my beer” Twitter memes comparing […]

Posted on April 21, 2017

It is Time to End the Prohibition on Sports Betting.

In 1919 Congress banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors with the ratification of the 18th Amendment. With no legal avenue to buy alcohol, those looking to catch a buzz resorted to illegal means. What followed? An increase in illegal production and sale of liquor (or “bootlegging”), the proliferation of speakeasies, and a […]

Posted on March 22, 2017

What Is Happening to the Reliable Op-Ed?

The jewel in the crown of public relations professionals everywhere has long been the op-ed. It’s an effective tool for laying out broad visions, establishing thought-leadership and impacting public policy. But over the past several years, the op-ed ecosystem has changed in ways that is bedeviling many would-be authors and the PR professionals who help […]

Posted on March 17, 2017

Snow Day Disruption

When I first moved to Washington, DC, as a 20-something deputy press secretary in the late 1990s, the Snow Day was a godsend. The District ground to a halt, and Congressional staffers could take part in impromptu snowball fights in DuPont Circle, or pick up take n bake pizza from Vace, or walk to a […]

Posted on March 14, 2017

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Women in Innovation

Women around the world have been marking March 8th as International Women’s Day for more than 100 years. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1908 in New York as a march demanding shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote, and was adopted as a United Nations’ official day of observance in 1975 […]

Posted on March 8, 2017

Instagram Steals Thunder from Snapchat Ahead of IPO

Six months ago, Snapchat was the undisputed social media king. But as Snap Inc. — the photo-messaging app’s parent company — gears up for its highly-anticipated IPO, a storied rival has become a thorn in its side. In August 2016, Facebook announced the launch of Instagram Stories, a clone of Snapchat’s main stories feature even […]

Posted on February 22, 2017

RSA 2017: No easy answers to even a (seemingly) simple question

The RSA Conference is one of the biggest cybersecurity conferences every year. While we’ll see more than a few mohawks, multiple piercings, and goth make-up around San Francisco’s Moscone Center, RSA is more of a suit and tie affair. This is not DEF CON, where coders and hackers storm Las Vegas. RSA is where the […]

Posted on February 13, 2017

The Future Doesn’t Look Like Our Parents’ Manufacturing Days

In the early 1990s, my father managed powertrain manufacturing at a Ford Motor Company plant in Pennsylvania. In those “olden days” (as a millennial I’m qualified to say that), women were utilized for hand assembling circuit boards because they had smaller hands and better “manual dexterity,” perfect for the intricate skills required for this type […]

Posted on February 2, 2017

Paid Communications Internship in San Francisco

Vrge is a strategic communications firm that partners with organizations of all sizes, from upstarts to industry leaders, as they navigate technology change and disruption. With decades of experience and a track record of successful strategic campaigns in technology, business, and politics, our team provides core services of positioning, advocacy, polling, crisis and research. Our […]

Posted on December 22, 2016

Time for Tech Introspection

For the better part of the last decade, we have seen how government has had a difficult time keeping pace with the technological disruption that was altering the landscape of entrenched industries. Well, on November 8th, the tides turned. Disruption came to DC on Tuesday, and it came in a big way. It came in […]

Posted on November 14, 2016
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