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Jon Lebkowsky

About Jon Lebkowsky

Jon Lebkowsky writes about culture, technology, media, sustainability and other topics for various publications, and has been blogging regularly since 2000. He's an acknowledged authority on social media and online community

In 1991 he cofounded the pioneering online company FringeWare, Inc., the first company to attempt e-commerce. The company published the influential magazine FringeWare Review, which had an international distribution. he was involved in online community and e-commerce projects throughout the 1990s, and worked with bOING bOING (as associate editor for the original paper zine), HotWired, The Whole Earth Catalog, Electric Minds, and many other web and cyberculture projects and endeavors during the World Wide Web's first decade. In the late 90s, I was actively involved in the creation of various e-commerce and community initiatives for Whole Foods Market (and gained quite a few pounds, for obvious reasons).

Short bio:Jon Lebkowsky is an authority on social media, online community, technoculture, web strategy, and Internet trends. He is an author and blogger who has also worked as a consultant, CEO, technology director, project manager, systems analyst, and online community developer.

Jon Lebkowsky is an author, web strategist, and social media consultant based in Austin, Texas.

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"Jon is a well known and respected professional and member of the community. He's been around a long time and has been a consistant participant in many of the important developments on the Net. He is able to execute very professionally while maintaining a very high social and moral view. And almost most importantly, he always has a sense of humor. ;-)"
Joi Ito

"Jon is one of the first that we call upon when we need insights into the Internet and beyond. He is one of the few that I have met who is able to blend both vision and practicality in the same sentence."
– Wayne Pethrick, The Futures Lab.

"Jon one of the most sincere people I have ever met on the WWW...and the most connected to boot. His knowledge of the technology he uses is second only to the passion he has for the work he does. The best thing about Jon is that he is always up for a challenge even when he doesn't have the time...thanks, Jon."
– Dean McCall, President and CEO, Salsa.Net

"Jon is the type of person who has the professional integrity to tell you what you really need to hear, not necessarily what he thinks you want to hear. Companies who wish to tackle complex issues with an honest assessment and a thoughtful plan of action will value his expertise. I recommend Jon without reservation"