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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 August 28, 2018

Scooters Needn’t Follow Uber’s Path

Scooters are making nationwide headlines for the first time since the Razor craze of 2000. But this time the headlines are a case study of what happens when an active local government crashes into the arrogance of three disruptive technology companies. Over the past few weeks, scooter startups Bird Rides, Spin and LimeBike – which […]

Posted on April 23, 2018

Anti-immigrant ads at Bay Area BART stations are just parroting Trump in D.C.

In the last month or so, trolling ads aimed at tech workers have been posted in San Francisco’s underground stations. Through stark black, red and white type, the signs inform “U.S. tech workers” that their foreign-labor-hiring employers view them as “expensive, undeserving and expendable.” This huge “us-vs-them” ad buy, paid for by the anti-immigrant group […]

Posted on April 4, 2018

Views from the Vrge

February 9, 2018 Ten days ago, President Donald J. Trump gave a very effective State of the Union address that identified the strong economy as a metaphor for a strong America. This message, if laid out in a drumbeat campaign over the next 9 months, could be the framework that the GOP needs to avoid […]

Posted on February 12, 2018

Society Under Strain: Americans Struggle with Technology’s Impact, Look to Policymakers and Internet Companies for Solutions

After a Year of Fake News and Russian Manipulation Allegations, Americans Worry that Democracy is Weakened by New Technologies Americans Leery of Bitcoin, Skeptical About Ability to Secure Internet Washington, DC, Jan. 29, 2018 — A new wave of technologies has left Americans unsettled, worried about its impact on democracy, the future of the Internet […]

Posted on January 29, 2018

World Freedom of Press Day

As an organization that regularly deals with reporters, freedom of the press is a vital part of our work. In honor of World Freedom of Press Day today, I spoke with University of California political scientist M. Steven Fish, author of Democracy Derailed in Russia: The Failure of Open Politics, and my professor, about the […]

Posted on May 4, 2017

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
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