Missouri Lobbyists & Chief Executive Officers: Remember Your Last Five Years Without Social Media

By Travis H. Brown

This CEO.com report sounds the alarm of the tsunami of social media changes ahead within the next 60 months.  Most Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) have armies of lawyers, lobbyists, regulatory affairs experts, media relations gurus, along with many public relations agencies on some of their working priorities.  Missouri lobbyists share the same challenge – they have corporate clients who call, issue-based campaigns who email, and many others who visit from time to time.  For many contract lobbyists, mainly over 50 years of age, I suspect that they will continue to resist the wave of social mediums that are already disrupting their relevance.  To play a devil’s advocate, precisely what values have I found after my 8,443 tweets as of this moment?

Fine.  Enjoy it while it lasts.  However, as reports like these evolve, failure to define one’s digital presence will have dramatic consequences within five years or less.  As your time will fly these next 60 months, others will be standing by to define you, your scope of work, and perhaps even your legacies.

By no means am I proclaiming the end of lobbyists, in Missouri, or elsewhere (influence-peddling is at least as old as Plato’s Republic).   The fundamental organization of a strategy, a message, its production, or its direction.  All of these entrepreneurial variables will continue to be essential to how democracies and republics must work in some fashion.  However, whether or not your hired lobbyist in Jefferson City, in Springfield, or in Topeka, can remain relevant to your company’s demands with customer-driven social media will be another question.

The prosecution rests, with a statute of limitation imposed for 60 months or less remaining.  Meanwhile, New York City will be turning their payphones into wifi hotspots.

Mobile Patent Wars: At the Nexus of Nexus

By Travis H. Brown

State lobbying battles and disputes with State Attorneys General for companies like Amazon.com are not the only industry titans who care about creating or defending a nexus.

It turns out that nexus is a big patent issue for, well, nexus phones as well.  Within a brief history of major intellectual property wars within mobile platforms, one can find many cases over essential platform rights over the years.  However, recent judicial activism from this Chicago judge has more than a few telecommunications lobbyists probably wondering where the next battle lines will be across international regulatory platforms.

If this patent system war seems distant to you, think again “Mr. We Deserve a Decent Smart Phone for the Business Man.”  For the last several years, this Missouri lobbyist has struggled with the fact that it is not easy to find a smartphone with solid day long battery life, a decent keyboard, and smooth integration across social mediums.  If Research in Motion was ever going to keep a beltway bandit in their wagon, it should have been me (come on, man).

To find my solution, my technology buddies found me the Google Nexus phone – in Hong Kong.  After a few adaptations, such as its Buck Rogers rocket pack battery, I am getting pretty used to it.

Because entrepreneurs like me will always find ways to seek out the best platforms, it is important not to hate the players just because you don’t always like the game.  It is likewise critical to put such restrictions to technology into the proper legal perspective.  Despite the fact that we all lobby, negotiate, and pitch to get the best devices each year, our patent system is not broken.