What was your favorite Big Think blooper?
Victoria Brown is co-founder and chief executive officer of Big Think, the knowledge company that makes people and companies smarter, faster through efficient e-learning from world-renowned-experts.
Since founding Big Think in 2008 along with fellow Harvard alum Peter Hopkins, Brown has transformed the company from a thought leadership forum to the leading knowledge company for a competitive edge in the knowledge economy. She’s overseen the development of Big Think’s e-learning solutions to improve how people think and how companies perform through BigThink.com, and its corporate e-learning solution, Edge.
As CEO, Brown directs Big Think’s strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies including initiatives with Shell, Intel, Mercer, Microsoft, HP and JP Morgan; co-branded content creation with MSNBC, The Washington Post and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and licensing agreements with educational institutions and corporations including Harvard Business School, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Pearson and McGraw Hill, among others.
A former business development executive and producer for the “Charlie Rose” show on PBS, Brown received an Emmy nomination for her work in 2005 featuring television mogul Ted Turner. After graduating from Montreal’s McGill University in 1997, Brown worked in film finance and production in Los Angeles before receiving her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2003.
Question: What was your favorite Big Think blooper?
Victoria Brown: One of our first interviews was in Boston. And Eddie who runs the production, really had to become very, very quickly up to date on how to set this whole thing up. And he’s done an amazing job.
The very first time we were setting up there was one tiny error. And it’s bizarre how tiny things can seem huge when they happen, and it was a missing battery, which ended up not actually mattering at all. But I decided we had this big, important business person coming on – Michael Porter – and it was our first interview on location somewhere, and we had very limited time to set up. And he was on his way in, and he was going to give us a specific amount of time and that was it. And so there was this battery. I don’t even remember what it was for – maybe the microphone or something like that. And so we were like, “What the heck are we going to do?” And it was maybe half a mile to the Staples store. And because I’d lived in Cambridge I knew where the store was, so I said, “I’ll go.” And I was wearing some kind of boots, and it was really, really hot that day. And I ran to the store and there were people; I literally shoved an old lady out of the way to get to pay. I threw down $20. It cost probably like $2, and just took the batteries and ran all the way back.
And when I got in there Michael Porter was there, and I was just sweating disgustingly. And then I was also the makeup artist, so I had to do his makeup and sweat was pouring off me.
I don’t even think it was that funny, but the one I remember the most.
Recorded on: January 2, 2008
Sprinting for batteries in cowboy boots.
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