Joe Hackman is one of my favorite people to obsess with about things such as Groupon walking away from $6B or non-targeted PR pitches or crazy women who ask for donations with unprofessional photos on her client’s website.

He is good for some really sound technical advice and he’s a fun co-host for podcasting.

I’m sure it was Twitter where Joe and I first met, but I really got to know him earlier this year when he had Shonali Burke, Danny Brown, and me on his show.

If you know the three of us, separately, you know that entire show was a freaking riot. I’m pretty sure Shonali was the only one who had anything intelligent to say while Danny and I provided color commentary and Joe tried to reign us all in.

Then, just a few weeks ago, he thought he’d debate Danny and me about having online enemies. It turned out he agreed with us. But it’s become a challenge to find something we disagree about.

Now the two of us are launching a three-part blogging series (via podcast), which began yesterday with getting started (and picks up again on October 26 with building your community).

He is the owner at Managed Solutions, an IT services company in the Bay Area. The thing I particularly like about the work he does is he stays ahead of the trends. Have a question about cloud computing? He’ll give you the pros and cons. What to know if you can get rid of your server, he has an answer.

Not only is he your outsourced IT guy, he can help you with web needs. He also knows all about the latest trends, including Amplify and Quora. Not because he’s read about them, but because he’s used them. Which, in my experience, is almost unheard of. A forward-thinking IT guy? That is a dream.

Hey Joe! Can you move to Chicago?

If you’re in the Bay Area and in need of IT services, look him up! If you’re not, I recommend you follow him on Twitter, read his blog (Joe’s Gone Social), and listen to his radio show/podcast. YWRI.

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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