Monday, January 27, 2014

2014 SVB Wine Report Producers Cut

Another year of the SVB Wine Conditions Survey, the Annual State of the Industry Report, and the live video cast is complete. For those of us involved in the production - from my St. Helena Banking Team, the SVB Marketing & PR folks and the Video crew, it’s a labor of love but its also a real grind.

The report starts in late October with planning for the survey, and finishing in middle January with the release of the report and live video cast. The final piece of the report is publishing the transcript from the videocast chat, and answering some of the questions posed which we are doing below. At the end of the transcript, I have posted answers to many of the questions. You are welcome to comment here on anyone's post by logging in and noting the time of the post. You are also welcome to ask new questions and I will do my best to get you the answers. Please forgive transcript errors and double posts which appear often. That’s part of the chat landscape.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Questions You want Answered

The Annual State of the Industry report that Silicon Valley Bank produces takes a shrimp load of work to pull off and a lot more assistance than First Mate Dan. That’s why I stop writing the weekly blog in November. I have to dedicate my copious free time to research, composition, then production. Fortunately I have great people around me or I would drive my customers financial ships straight into the dock without their help.
I've been done writing since before Christmas, but the draft at this point has gone through 12 iterations. I know there are still going to be some tie-pos, ghrammaer and speeling mistakes in the 34 page report but all the read-throughs make me want to make me gouge out my eyes at this point. That's a clear sign that its ready for release.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What's Going to Happen Next?

Right about this time of the new year we're wiping off the gravy from the corners of our mouths, sending thank-you notes to those who sent us Holiday Gifts[i], trying to figure out how to quickly get rid of the dry tree on the side yard that's become a fire hazard, and feeling guilty about the fact the outside lights are still up on the house. You at least turned them off on January 2nd so that’s something I guess.