My entire career has been as a writer, editor and researcher ever since I served as an editorial intern for two magazines during the summers of my college years. After college I was a researcher for an Oxford University Press reference book and conducted some research about the role of Annapolis, MD in the Civil War for an historian of that city. I worked for a couple of years as a Research Analyst for Thomson & Thomson then the established leader in the field of Intellectual Property research, focusing on trademarks.
I was then the first employee of a successful Management Consulting start-up in Cambridge, MA where I learned how to conduct a primary research study and wrote presentations, articles, marketing materials and did whatever else needed to get done, which is the way with start-ups. My title there was Research Associate. In the five years of my tenure with that firm its revenues grew ten-fold and we went from two guys sharing a basement, with two PCs and a fax machine, to eight employees with real offices on State Street, Boston. Our clients included such companies as Apple Computer, Xerox, UPS, HP Medical, and Abbott Laboratories.
In 1995 I went out on my own as a free-lancer. My first project was to develop an interactive, full text database of works in the Western intellectual tradition (what they used to call “the Great Books”). I searched through these texts and programmed about 3000 links between one book and another. This was beta-tested in the library of the flagship Great Books school, St. John’s College, and presented at the Whitney Young School of Honors & Liberal Studies at Kentucky State University.
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