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SWMS Dossier: Jane Thier, Fortune

At 27, she is one of the important Tier 1 journalists in the business. Important certainly to SWMS readers, because no one writes more CEO profiles than Brooklyn resident Jane Thier.

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The Elements of Jane Thier’s CEO Profiles

It’s one thing to know that Fortune reporter Jane Thier writes CEO profiles, and quite another to know the ingredients. We analyzed the 12 CEO/founder profiles Jane produced so far this year — and asked Anthropic’s Claude 3 to do the same.

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Updated Cheat Sheet: CEO Profiles

Here’s an all-new cheat sheet on Tier 1 CEO profiles, scarcer and more valuable than ever. You might want to bookmark this page and check in now and again. Please let us know when you encounter an opp that isn’t on our list.

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Cheat Sheet: CEO Profile Update

The prospects for placing CEO profiles are promising these days. The following is an update to our Sept. 2022 cheat sheet on who’s delivering CEO profiles and the best strategies for obtaining them.

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NYT Insists on ‘C.E.O.’

We’ve been working on updating our CEO Profile cheat sheet and noticed that only the New York Times insists on calling these executives C.E.O.s. How

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Analysis: Protocol’s CEO Edit

Protocol Enterprise is what B2B comms pros long have waited for — a destination for authoritative, thoughtful discussion of enterprise tech outside of the trades. Led by senior reporters Tom Krazit and Joe Williams, Protocol Enterprise delivers a steady stream of edit in web articles, newsletters and live web events.

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Pitch Opp: CrunchBase Blog

Just when it looked like CEO profiles face extinction, a sharp-eyed subscriber alerted us to yet another profile pitch opportunity — this one on the CrunchBase blog. If you’ve got a female founder with a compelling story, you’re definitely in luck.

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Our CEO Profile Cheat Sheet

— Updated Mar. 2, 2021 — Here is our latest and best list of titles and authors known to produce CEO profiles. The possibilities on one hand have shrunk considerably. On the other, literally dozens of publications will consider CEO pitches — but the context has to be there.

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FRIDGE NOTES

Gen AI: The Big Fizzle?

Goldman Sachs took 32 pages to say pretty much that. The media business may turn out to be an outlier, an industry perfectly suited to synthetic, multilingual words, sounds and images at scale. As for everyone else, well, the global consultancies will learn the truth first because they have rushed to monetize Gen AI — they aren’t yet succeeding.

Bloomberg Businessweek Goes Monthly

Now a misnomer, the Businessweek name will stick around for a while longer. Bloomberg is investing big in paper stock and photography. It’ll be a coffee table magazine, showcasing all that Bloomberg does. Now we know why Brad Stone took this new assignment. The first refurbed issue arrives in July.

Semafor Goes AI Crazy

Fourteen of 19 tech stories in the Semafor technology section are about AI. Two of the five outliers were about TikTok’s potential sale. Semafor sells itself on being differentiated. Chasing AI-news-of-the-day won’t achieve that.

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