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Russell Shaw.

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. Jeremy Hart

    May 8, 2008 at 7:35 am

    The post says it all. Seems like no comments are needed!

  2. Jay Thompson

    May 8, 2008 at 7:41 am

    One word.


  3. ines

    May 8, 2008 at 7:43 am

    I “heart” Russel Shaw – he’s a good guy – and only good things will keep coming his way.

  4. Jeremy Hart

    May 8, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Jay – touche’. Well done.

  5. Kris Berg

    May 8, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Yea! Good one, Benn.

  6. John Lauber

    May 8, 2008 at 8:24 am

    This is super!!!

  7. Mariana

    May 8, 2008 at 8:43 am

    3 Words: Russell is Awesome.

  8. Andy Kaufman

    May 8, 2008 at 9:43 am


    Welcome to AG Russell… super glad to have you here.

  9. ines

    May 8, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Mariana ……and it rhymes! 🙂

  10. Jonathan Dalton

    May 8, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I feel like I’m taking a Rorshach test …

    Hearing Russell had withdrawn from Bloodhound Unchained was entertaining in that watching the keynote speaker – probably the main reason to attend, in hopes the mojo would wear off – walk away from the conference couldn’t have happened to a nicer individual than Odysseus. Or was this Brian’s conference …

    It also was sad because there were folks who already had booked flights and hotel rooms to hear Russell speak and that opportunity went by the wayside … of who’s left, I’d travel to hear Jeff Brown and there are others I wouldn’t cross the room to listen to. But that’s probably like any conference.

    At the end of the day, my sincere hope is that Russell’s withdrawal isn’t out of some sort of personal emergency. I’d like to think he took his leave at Bloodhound for the same general reasons as Jay, Kris and Jim Duncan before him.

    There’s a fine line between aggressive and rabid and some days, from the few posts forwarded to me since I dropped BHB from the feed reader, it seems like it’s getting to closer to heading to the shed with Timmy.

  11. Jay Thompson

    May 8, 2008 at 11:43 am

    “it seems like it’s getting to closer to heading to the shed with Timmy”

    Old Yeller reference?

    Wouldn’t that be Travis? Timmy was Lassie’s boy. I think…

    Not that it matters in the least. Excellent points all around!

  12. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    May 8, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Russell is a massively successful agent and has many more years of experience than most of us- he has a lot to share and is a *wonderful* teacher, I am confident that his writing here will further ALL of our careers. We are very excited to add a new genius! WELCOME, RUSSELL!

  13. Ann Cummings

    May 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Woo Hoo!! Glad to know where Russell’s new home is!

    Russell – I look forward to reading your posts here on AG, and congrats on the move!

  14. monika

    May 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Congrats to AG on attracting Russell! I look forward to reading Russell, so I am very happy he found a new home.

  15. Brad Nix

    May 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I catch a lot of this type of news later than most, but I did hear it from Benn first and I look forward to watching Two Words help AG take another step forward. Good stuff happening here.

  16. John Wake

    May 8, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    So this is where all the cool kids are hanging out now. Cool!

  17. Matthew Rathbun

    May 8, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    SO VERY COOL!!!!! I wanted to be the first to say “welcome”, but I just couldn’t get to the PC soon enough. Look forward to reading you, again!

  18. Dru Bloomfield

    May 8, 2008 at 6:54 pm


  19. Kaye Thomas

    May 8, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Russell is terrific.. glad to see he has a new home..

  20. Maureen Francis

    May 8, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Checkin’ in to welcome Russell. We are glad to have you here!

  21. Cyndee Haydon

    May 8, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Welcome Russell Shaw – Kudos to AgentGenius to keep attracting great bloggers!! Looking forward to reading Russell’s posts here!!

  22. Jonathan Dalton

    May 8, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, Benn …

    You landed Gordon Gecko!

  23. Bill Lublin

    May 8, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I don’t know Russell Shaw – So I looked around a little – 26 years with the same company – sounds like a guy I would like (I’m real big on loyalty and relationships)

    Then I found a couple of blogs he wrote and I though – boy this guys is pretty articulate – I might like him a little more – Then I read his blog about Barry Cunningham and I wonder – do I have family our west that I haven’t met?

    You guys know how honored I am to be associated with all of the geniuses, and I’m just as happy to have another role model for me to admire! Benn thanks for keeping the bar so high (and for letting me slip under it!) 🙂

    Welcome from one of the new kids Russell, I look forward to reading you.

  24. Jay Thompson

    May 8, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Bill –

    Russell Shaw is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Incredibly giving and sharing of his knowledge and talent. You should hear him speak some time — if you ever get the chance, go. You won’t regret it.

    He’s an incredible agent, but an even better person.

  25. Laurie Manny

    May 9, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Nice landing Russell.

  26. SWEET!

    Welcome aboard, Russell! I’m glad that I won’t have to miss out on any of your insight or advice. When I heard you were leaving BHB, I feared that you might be leaving the blogosphere entirely.

  27. Erion Shehaj

    May 9, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Wow!! Just this morning I was reading comments on “Bidding Farewell to Russell Shaw” on BHB where 97% of commenters (myself included) were wondering where Russell was going. I guess we know now…

    I think it’s just a perfect match…!!

  28. Barry Cunningham

    May 9, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Hey Bill..I am confused as to the reference on your comment…so it is okay to personally attack someone? Is that what you’re saying or do I have it wrong? Or is it okay to personally attack as long as it’s not…well we know..?

    Just wondering if I missed a memo or thought in your exuberance in finding your west coast relative!

    In any event, not sure what led to Shaw’s exodus from BHB and perhaps I’ll never know but it’s always fun to match wits.

    Doesn’t really matter where. Let’s get the dance underway!

  29. Steve Trimboli

    May 9, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    … and if you don’t like me FIRE me.

  30. Vicki Moore

    May 12, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Welcome aboard!

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Hi Friends – it’s blooper day, and I found some hilarious gaffes on the MLS this week. I think I finally figured out why we consistently see such errors – agents are letting their pets write their listing remarks.  On the other hand, I suspect that my dog can spell better than some of these culprits, so I may be casting unfair aspersions. Thanks to Jane Peters of Los Angeles for the Blooper of the Week (she hit the mother lode with that one).

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“No balls after 9 pm” (My ex had the same problem.)

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Can You Detect A Heartbeat?

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“House on coroner” (How convenient – he’s already there to pronounce himself dead.)

Pull The Plug

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“Drop in sot” (I see you’ve met the guys who play poker with Uncle Paddy.)

“Coy fish in big pond” (Where are the gregarious fish – in the kegger pond?)

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Last Rites

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