Leadership Discussion: Sports and Social Media15 Oct


Sports and Social Media – Roundtable discussion with Anthony Caponiti.

Tonight’s guest conversation is with Anthony Caponiti and was interviewed by Donald Ball. Anthony is a passionate entrepreneur who seeks to combine his life-long love and knowledge of sports with social media and web technology. The focus of the Leadership Discussion is how the new media space is impacting athletes and how social media can be used to spotlight and brand them.

As a Partner at Activ8Social, he works with professional athletes, entertainers, teams, and Fortune 500 brands, assisting each client in understanding niche audiences and consumer behavior across the Internet. His company Activ8Social engages consumers and inspires word-of-mouth communication through Social Media Marketing, Blogger / Influencer Outreach, Digital Publicity, and Social Network Property Management services. Alongside Activ8Social, Anthony founded StarBurbs, Inc. which focuses on developing platforms and applications that help facilitate an authentic conversation between a digital brand and its fans/consumers.  StarBurbs first product is currently under development aiming to launch before the end of the year.

Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, Anthony worked for two years as a Strategy & Change Consultant for IBM’s Global Business Services.  Anthony has a BBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, GA with a concentration on venture management consulting, business law, and communications. Anthony is also an avid student of entrepreneurial leadership.

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Catalyst Conversation: Winning the Olympics…is it worth it?12 Oct


Catalyst Conversation: Winning the Olympics…and is winning worth it?

On October 2, the IOC will announce which city – Chicago, Madrid, Rio, or Tokyo – will be the host of the 2016 Summer Olympic games. Naming a host city occurs 7 years before a games event is to occur, but bidding cities begin their proposals, fundraising, and recruitment of support for several years before the bids are awarded. Emile Chin-Dickey and Andrew Verstain lead a GCG discussion around how hosting the Olympic games, whether summer or winter, is a big endeavor, which easily translates into big money-and big controversy.

Big Money:

Hosting and bidding on a two-week olympic games event isn’t cheap. For instance, Athens spent $15B and China spent over $40B on their respective games towards infrastructure and event facilities. Even bidding for games comes at a price too (much of the bidding money is raised privately): London spent $25M on its successful 2012 bid; Chicago has spent $75M to date on its 2016 bid.

Whether these expenditures are worthwhile largely depend on how advanced a city’s infrastructure is and how big it is relative to it and its country’s economy.

Hosting an Olympics is not necessarily all the glitz that a Beijing Opening Ceremony may have you believe.  Here just a few of the controversies:

This discussion was a thoughtful debate over the reasons a city should or should not pursue the hosting of an olympics.

The roundtable included answering:

  • What does the Olympics stand for, and does it still have a point?
  • Who stands to benefit the most from the olympics?
  • Should Chicago want the Olympics?
  • Do developing countries stand to gain more from hosting games over developed countries?
  • Can social media further the objectives of the Olympic movement? “Another example of social media and the Olympics is from computer manufacturer Lenovo, which has created blogs for about 100 Olympics athletes.”
  • Should Obama take time off from the Health Care debate to go to Copenhagen to appeal to the IOC?  This sportswriter thinks the olympics in Chicago can have a bigger impact on health care than the bills currently being debated

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