|Hi, I'm Jimmy Guterman. I have edited or written for more than 100 magazines, newsletters, and newspapers, some of which are still in existence. I have published six books about rock’n’roll, some of which are still in print. I have produced several dozen records, some of which I was paid for. I have consulted for many companies, none of which I will joke about. On this website, you can find out more about me than you’d ever want to know.
Current and Recent ActivitiesI am editorial director at Collective Next, a collaborative consultancy, where I serve clients, help invent new products and services, and manage our editorial, thought leadership, and world domination activities. (Here's why I joined Collective Next.) I am the founder and president of The Vineyard Group, my longtime consultancy. 2012 clients included Accenture, Aquent, Collective Next, EdgeCast, Eloqua, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. 2013 clients included returning clients Collective Next, Edgecast, and Fidelity, and newcomers Yesware and two companies I'm not allowed to list here. I am also an executive curator of TEDxBoston (now in its sixth year) and an occasional contributor to BoingBoing.
Before restarting The Vineyard Group, I was senior editor of Harvard Business Review. Before I came to HBR, I was executive editor of MIT Sloan Management Review. Before that, I was editorial director of the Radar Group at O'Reilly Media, where I edited Release 2.0, among other things. And before that, I was editor at large for a team at Harvard Business School Publishing that publishes the online and print publications I worked for until recently, thus closing that circle. The most recent record I produced is The Sandinista Project (the double CD with deluxe packaging remains a mere $15.98 on Amazon). If you're here because you're looking for editorial development, management, production, and consulting, my business, The Vineyard Group, is not accepting new clients in the editorial, strategy, or R&D practices. guterman.com is my personal site.
Some older projects I get asked about
(external link on forrester.com seems to have disappeared; please contact me if you need physical copies)
Recent and Semi-Recent Writing
My blog is here; I'm on Twitter as well. My most recent published pieces are an essay for TED about the inequality moment and a profile of Stephen Wolfram for strategy+business. On the blog last year, I ran a series on what I've learned from editing; here's a list of those posts.
My articles for the print HBR include "When the Longtime Star Fades" (HTML, PDF), "Sharing Ideas and Hors d'Oeuvres" (PDF), and "Generation Robot" (HTML, PDF). Other blog posts on HBR.org include When Storytelling Isn't Enough, Do We Need Leaders?, Rupert Murdoch's Last Stand, Enticing the Next Generation of African Leaders, and (these last three are my favorites of this bunch) Consulting for the Evil Empire, News Corp. and Closed News Platforms, and The Day Job, Redefined. You should be able to find all my published work for HBR here.
Before I started the series on editing, the lucky 13 most commonly visited posts on my blog (not counting the two brief times I gave away The Sandinista Project) are:
I contributed regularly to the O'Reilly Radar while I edited Release 2.0. I've been asked to post my editor's columns for Forrester, which I've done here ("A Magazine?"), here ("Power to the People"), and here ("Same as The Old Boss"), all in PDF. I don't do much periodical work anymore. Finally out, a mere four years after I wrote the liner notes for it, is Wallace Shawn's The Fever. You can also read a not-bad 2005 op-ed piece for The Boston Globe and an appreciation of Johnny Cash I wrote for the Globe when he died in 2003. An assignment to profile Bob Moog turned, alas, into an obituary.
email: jimmy AT guterman dot com (spaces added in a vain attempt to reduce spam)
Apologies to Jakob Nielsen. Anyone who has seen his work (particularly his, alas, recently abandoned useit.com) knows he thought up this site's design. Expect few graphics and zero multimedia on this modest site. Last site update: 1 August 2014.