Perspectives

Perspectives on communications management in a socially-connected world

Leaving a biofuels startup, now mature

About 1,500 people I know received an email about my planned departure from the Biofuels Center at the end of June.  Four and a half years ago, I helped start up the organization.  Earlier this year, I led the search for my replacement and provided transition support and change management assistance to the communications team and the Center.  Since its startup, the Center has grown to maturity and strategic communications efforts have resulted in its being widely seen as a credible, technical and economic development agency for biofuels globally.  For those who haven't subscribed to my news email list, it follows below. 

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Norman Smit to Leave Biofuels Center

Oxford, N.C. - 26 June 012.  At the beginning of July, I will have left the Biofuels Center of North Carolina to devote myself fully to yet another startup; this time, my own communications company.

It seems just a short while ago that I joined five new colleagues for the first meeting of senior staff to start up the Biofuels Center, but four and a half years have passed.  Since then,

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Testing cron jobs on Godaddy

A key element of getting this blog to work is setting a cron job.  It's a subroutine on the server that will send a message to people subscribed to the blog that there's been a new posting.  So far, it's set up to send messages just to me.  About 18 months ago, I had a run in with Godaddy's cron job setting service.  Some of these server cron job setups are very straightforward, but my experience at that time was torrid. After multiple failure messages in my inbox, I turned it off and used another work around, so I wasn't looking forward to setting up a cron job for my blog.  The instructions weren't bad and Godaddy has improved their interface and after about 15 minutes and only a few failures, I got it set up successfully. 

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