On March 28, reporters for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal ran a story titled Best Buy builds VC unit to find next big things. While it's clear that Grayson and Vomhof did lots of research that brought extra angles to the story, it's annoying when they don't credit who first broke the story.
We all know that traditional news people all read blogs, and often are bloggers themselves, yet somehow many still act as if the blogosphere is either fluff or doesn't actually exist. Which is an irrelevant concern in this instance, since CE Pro is a major name in the CE trade media and does real industry journalism. Not citing CE Pro is like not citing the Wall St Journal for having the story first.
Tech blogger Graeme Thickens does a great job of connecting the dots about how the story spread, and giving credit where it is due in his post entitled: Bloggers Break 'Best Buy Capital' Story; Company Goes Mum, and also goes into deeper detail on how rather than comment via the PR department, Best Buy tried to pretend that this story didn't exist. For his work raising awareness of both my work, and bloggers (the hat I wear in addition to being a member of the CE trade media) in general, I am grateful.