Peter Hirshberg of Technorati & The Conversation Group

Posted by Kurt Daradics on October 03, 2009
Peter is a legendary figure. I've had the pleasure to meet Peter recently, he was on our EXCELLENT PANEL (worth the 40 mins!) at the Digital Family Summit #DFS09.

I am totally inspired by who he's being and what he's up to, and I'm delighted that he's taken an interest in the mobile 311 app we produced called CitySourced (powered by FreedomSpeaks). One of the things that excites Peter about our project is the feed loop that is baked into it, so folks can create a tickets/issues and then see them completed/fixed and feel good about it.

The following video is very insightful around emerging trends, how they are obliterating boundaries, and worth the five minutes.


If you like that video, then check out another one of Peter's project The Gray Area Foundation


Peter Hirshberg

Co-Founder and Chairman, The Conversation Group

Peter Hirshberg is at the epicenter of the noisy, connected world of online conversation. He is changing our thinking about marketing, branding and customer relationships. A Silicon Valley executive with several high profile marketing and branding related ventures, Peter has led emerging media and technology companies at the center of disruptive change for more than 20 years.

He is Co-Founder and Chairman of The Conversation Group, a fast growing agency helping brands with strategy and marketing in a world of empowered and connected audiences and customers. Peter is also Chairman of the board of advisers of Technorati, the leading aggregator of user generated content in the world, tracking over 100 million Weblogs and 70,000 posts per hour.

Previously Hirshberg served as president and CEO of, the online prestige beauty business co-owned by Estee Lauder Companies, Chanel and Clarins; he was Chairman of Interpacket Networks, the global leader in Internet-by-satellite (sold to American Tower in 2000), and was founder and CEO of Elemental Software (sold to Macromedia in 1999).

During a nine-year tenure at Apple Computer, Hirshberg headed Enterprise Marketing, where he grew Apple's large business and government revenue to $1 billion annually and helped lead the company's entry into the online service arena. After leaving Apple, Hirshberg's new-media strategy firm served clients including America Online, Microsoft, NBC Television Network, Estee Lauder, Pacific Bell and Silicon Graphics.

Hirshberg is a founder of Goodmail Systems, a board member of ICTV, and serves on the advisory boards of start-ups Ideeli and Aniboom. He is a Trustee of The Computer History Museum and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Peter earned his bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College and his MBA at Wharton.