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Pub Talk

"Biz Ink's Buzz On Business"


By Mr. Dennis Taylor, Managing Editor;
Mr. Steve Tanner, Technology & Lifestyles Reporter;
Ms. Rhonda Ascierto, Technology Reporter; &
Mr. Kevin Ferguson, Technology & Finance Reporter
Silicon Valley Business Ink

Open to the Public. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. No fee.
The Pub Talk begins at 6:00 p.m.

Members of the editorial team from the weekly publication, Silicon Valley Business Ink, share their point of view on business during the second quarter of 2002, with a look ahead to the third quarter. Where is the economy headed? How have corporate ethics and the up-and-down stock market affected local technology companies? What is the current business climate in Silicon Valley? At this Pub Talk, hear their answers to these key questions from the perspective of journalists who cover technology, finance, and lifestyles. This will be an informal discussion with members from the editorial team.

Dennis Taylor, Managing Editor for Silicon Valley Business Ink, has been a reporter for 15 years. He has reported on venture capital, securities, and technology in the valley for the past four years. Before that, he worked for a group of dailies in south Santa Clara Valley where he held the posts of sports editor, business editor, and night managing editor of Gavilan Newspapers, Inc. Mr. Taylor has won two California Newspaper Publishers Association awards and a Peninsula Press Club award for his reporting. He joined Silicon Valley Biz Ink in July 2000.

Steve Tanner, Technology & Lifestyles Reporter for Silicon Valley Business Ink, began his journalism career in July 1999 as an Assistant Editor and Associate Editor with Menlo Park-based newspaper Click Weekly. After Click Weekly switched gears to become a lifestyle magazine, Mr. Tanner left and wrote freelance stories for, Business 2.0, and Streaming Media Magazine, adding to his broad knowledge of the technology industry.

Rhonda Ascierto, Technology Reporter for Silicon Valley Business Ink, received her bachelor's degree in English with a major in journalism from Curtin University in Western Australia. She began her career as a corporate writer for technology companies in Perth, moving to Sydney in 1998 to be a journalist for the country's leading trade magazine, Australian Electronics Engineering. Since then, Ms. Ascierto has reported for Electronics Times in London and was the European correspondent for the U.S. industry newspaper, Electronic Buyers' News.

Kevin Ferguson, Technology & Finance Reporter for Silicon Valley Business Ink, earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Long Beach State University in 1995, while working as a news reporter for a Los Angeles-area radio station. He moved to Las Vegas in 1997 and became a print journalist, covering technology and the casino industries for the weekly and daily newspapers.

Silicon Valley Business Ink ( is an award-winning weekly publication, focusing on technology, real estate, finance, and lifestyles. Based in San Jose and published since September of 2000, Biz Ink covers the entire nine-county Bay Area. The Association of Area Business Publications (AABP) recently awarded Biz Ink its Gold Award of Excellence in the category "Best Newspaper: Large Tabloids." Biz Ink also received the AABP Gold Award for "Best Scoop: Large Tabloids." The publication has also received a first place award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) for "Best Breaking News Among Weekly Publications for 2001."