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This page has one purpose: To answer the question, Who am I? Don’t worry. I don’t get all existential.

Here are some photos of me in action:

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Here’s a hi-res photo.

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For some reason, major media outlets keep quoting me and letting me write for them. Evidently, I am fooling someone somewhere. Here are links to some of my most prominent recent mentions.

.@philsimon is the author of six books. He focuses on the intersection of people, management, data, and technology. http://ht.ly/rBVcO

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Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker and recognized authority on technology, trends, and management. He lives just outside of Las Vegas, NV. He consults companies on how to optimize their use of technology has written six books. His contributions have been featured in Harvard Business Review, CNN, Inc. Magazine, The New York TimesWired, NBC, CNBC, The Huffington PostFast Company, abcnews.com, forbes.com, BusinessWeek, ReadWriteWeb, and many other high-profile media outlets. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University.

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993, I was clueless a bit unsure about what I wanted to do for a career. I settled in at Sony Electronics as a customer relations rep while I figured things out. I ultimately attended graduate school at Cornell University in August of 1995. During my summer internship in 1996, I began working with emerging technologies like ERP systems and reporting applications.

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After grad school, I started my brief career in corporate human resources. That wasn’t the best fit for me, and I quickly gravitated to work rooted in technology, data, and systems. In 1998, I took my first IT job, traveling extensively to Latin America on a global PeopleSoft project for a Fortune 50 company. During that time, I taught myself advanced Microsoft Excel and Access, Crystal Reports, SQL, and a host of other applications. I became very adept at manipulating enterprise data. I started full-time consulting in 2000. I taught software classes to clients and my colleagues. I decided to become my own boss in 2002.

Today, I advise all types of organizations on matters related to strategy, management, data, and technology. I like to think that I’ve been reasonably successful. Over my career, I have cultivated close to 100 clients in a wide variety of industries, including health care, manufacturing, retail, education, telecommunications, and the public sector. I have worked with many different organizations that use technology in many different ways–some better than others.

Aside from consulting and speaking, I have written six books:

On a scorching day in July of 2011, I moved to Las Vegas, NV. I current reside here.

The table below lists the services I provide as well as their rates. All prices in USD.

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Price
Notes
Webinar (60 minutes)$4,000I'll lead a discussion on whatever topic you like. I'm happy to answer questions afterward as well. Includes a reasonable level of social media support and mentions on my website.
Webinar (30 minutes)$2,500I'll lead a shorter discussion on whatever topic you like. I'm happy to answer questions afterward as well. Includes a reasonable level of social media support and mentions on my website.
Blog post$500Up to 500 words on a mutually agreed upon topic for your site or mine. If on my site, a sponsor note and link(s) will follow posts.
White paper$8,500Up to 3,000 words on a mutually agreed upon topic. This can be attributed to me or ghost written.
One hour of remote coaching$350I will record the discussion on Skype and you can watch it as many times as you like.
Consulting (daily rate)$2,400Plus all reasonable travel expenses.
Seminar(variable)Contact the Bright Sight Group for most current rates.
In-person speaking(variable)Contact the Bright Sight Group for most current rates. After I speak, I'm happy to answer questions as well. Includes a reasonable level of social media support and mention on my website.
Non-speaking conference attending fee$2,000/dayI'll attend your conference, meet with executives, and write at least one post about the event for a high-profile media outlet. Plus all reasonable travel expenses.
TweetChat - Host$500I'll host a Tweetchat for your company, conference, or event. Includes a reasonable level of social media support and mentions on my website.
TweetChat - Participant$200I'll participate in a Tweetchat for your company, conference, or event. Includes a reasonable level of social media support and mentions on my website.

Connect with me if you have something else in mind.

Yes, I run a for-profit business, but it’s a pretty transparent one. I freely share a great deal of what I know right here on my blog. Read, listen, and watch until your heart’s content. If you need more than that, you can either buy one of my books or you can hire me.

I put together this little FAQ to help people understand what I do and how I do it. If you have other questions, connect with me to schedule a brief discussion about availability and the type of project you have in mind.

What topics do you speak about?

Quite a few, actually. I speak about many technology and management topics.

Can I watch some of your talks?

Knock yourself out.

How much do you charge?

Check out my rates here.

Will you write for my site for free?

With rare exceptions, the answer is no. I get the whole Chris Anderson “Freemium” argument but my mortgage company doesn’t accept exposure as a form of payment. On occasion, I will guest post on different sites sans payment but this is the exception–not the rule. I have bills to pay and writing helps me do that.

What kinds of consulting arrangements do you offer?

A few types:

      • Traditional or full-time, on-site consulting
      • Milestone consulting (although I admittedly have my reservations about the effectiveness of this type of arrangement)
      • Remote consulting

Will you work as a subcontractor?

Usually no. I want to maintain a direct relationship with my customers. I strongly prefer not having to deal with third parties as it pertains to billing and other administrative matters.

Can I guest post on this site?

I’ve suspended that for the time being.

Can I reprint or cite your articles and blog posts?

Most of the time, the answer is yes. (A few of my articles and white papers belong to the companies who contract me to write them.) The majority of the content found on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. This license means you are free to share, copy, or distribute my work under the following conditions:

      • You must attribute my work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
      • You may not use my work for commercial purposes without express written permission from me.
      • You may not alter, transform, or build upon my work without express written permission from me.

You can read more about Creative Commons here.

Who built your website?

Todd Hamilton did a freaking awesome job. I maintain it myself and tweak it on a regular basis. I’ve become pretty decent at WordPress over the past four years.

Got a current resume?

No, I don’t maintain one. I believe that my body of work on this site and others trumps a three-page, text-laden document that proves that I can conform to rules. I have worked extremely hard over my career at creating what I believe is interesting and valuable content, the vast majority of which you’ll find on this site.

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