Wired Pursuits

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From point A to B and back again.

I started this blog in 2008 as a record of my thoughts, ideas, and musings about social media, the Internet, and the pursuit of my Ph.D. at Penn State. Posts prior to July, 2009 have been brought over from my previous Erickson Barnett corporate blog.  To see all post from Erickson Barnett go to the EB Blog.

Today, after successfully completing my Ph.D. and acquiring a teaching position at Penn State in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), I’ve refocused my blog on my pursuit of teaching entrepreneurship and facilitating the entrepreneurial ecosystem inside and outside Penn State (the whole reason I got my Ph.D.).

I work primarily with undergraduate entrepreneurs and continue to be amazed by their energy, their ideas, and their willingness to jump in the deep end.

About the author (just in case you actually care).

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Name: Lee Erickson

Twitter: @lerickson

Blog: (you’re on it)

 

Background:

Over the past 20+ years, there’s been one common thread which has run through everything I’ve done – the fascination with new technology and how people react to, work with, and adapt to it (or it adapts to them).

As an elementary school teacher, an instructional designer, and owner of a marketing agency, I have seen first hand how new technologies have transformed personal communications, impacted how we do business, and forever altered how we disseminate and gather information.

As an instructional designer in the late 80’s, I was lucky enough to be at the leading edge of user interface design for both computer-based education and training.  With the introduction of the Internet for business use in the early 90’s, I shifted my focus and started a company to leverage the Internet for business-to-business marketing.

At EB, with the emergence of social media, I focused my efforts on understanding the uses and application of social media for business-to-business marketing.  I have become fascinated by how social media, user-generated content, and the availability of information on the Internet has fundamentally changed how we engage with and communicate with each other.  It’s an entirely new way of thinking.

In the spring of 2009, I decided to leave the world of business behind so I could more fully understand and explore, in a deeper and more scholarly way, the cultural and societal effects of the Internet and information design on today’s world.

I graduated in May of 2013 and landed a job as a Lecturer in the College of IST at Penn State. I’m focusing my efforts on building the entrepreneurship and innovation program in IST. I love working with the amazing entrepreneurial students that I have the privilege of working with at Penn State.

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