Who to watch at GROW 2010: Leonard Brody

by Knowlton Thomas


Who to watch at GROW 2010: Leonard Brody

What do you get when you mix a venture capitalist with a best-selling author, multiple-Emmy nominated media visionary and highly respected entrepreneur?

You get Leonard Brody. Or, as he has been called, “a controversial leader of the new world order."

Touted a journalism killer for his creation of the Vancouver-based NowPublic, a citizen-run content mill, Brody has led a storied career as a serial entrepreneur. In addition to raising millions of dollars for various startups, he was a part of one of the largest-ever initial public offerings ($240 million)—and that's not to mention his involvement in building, financing and/or selling five companies (so far).

Brody is currently president of the Clarity Digital Group, which is responsible for verseeing one of the largest online news conglomerates in the world, which includes giants like Examiner.com and NowPublic.

Body has been described by an old college mate and business partner as "always having many balls in the air," but he's one hell of a juggler and doesn't just manage it—he makes it look easy.

That's not to say he can't concentrate. After all, he finished law school. But in his own words, he "generally finds that constraining."

Not that he would even reflect on that, because he's always got his eyes on the road ahead: "I'm not the type to look back and feel pride in what I've done," Brody told Canadian Business magazine this past April. "I prefer to always look forward."

Then, bluntly, he states, "I'm an opportunist."

No kidding.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

NowPublic is a participatory news network which mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world. In twelve short months, the company has become one of the fastest growing news organizations with thousands of reporters in over 140 countries. During Hurricane Katrina, NowPublic had more reporters in the affected area than most news organizations have on their entire... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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