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I'd also like to throw my hat in as a media representative. I've done paid
PR work for multiple OSS vendors, and I was a marketing contact for OOo for
6 years.

Ryan Singer

On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 1:35 PM, Doug Bash <> wrote:

--- On Wed, 10/6/10, Drew Jensen <> wrote:

From: Drew Jensen <>
Subject: Re: US Group Status ( was: Re: [tdf-discuss] Media contact for t
 USA )
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 12:22 PM

On Wed, 2010-10-06 at 15:12 -0400, Benjamin Horst wrote:

Thanks for the update--I am looking forward to seeing this group come t

Hi Ben

So am I.

Also, I don't much, in detail, of what Italo is doing.

I have a very loose understanding, if you be willing to take on the task
of covering
 that I think, it would be very beneficial for everyone, I
know, it would for me.



I'm glad this title changed.

In an early thread that was lost when
Drew had to re-start Nabble, he, (me), and Andre Schnable talked
about setting up an Entity here in the US that could co-ordinate with
the Document Foundation-which is itself still organizing. Andre-who
has now done this twice, pointed out that you had better identify
just what it is that the “community” you are establishing w
to do. As I've looked into the whole non-profit picture, it has
become very clear that while it is fairly easy to start an
organization, sustaining it is much more difficult. Less than 30% of
all registered np's in the US last for two years .

I agree with Ben
Horst that it's great to have a press pro in position to push our
message. I would like to ensure, though, that we have thought about
the message we wish to push.  Drew has been working to set-up a
communication channel. Let's, for right now, try to assess what those
already involved not only want to do, but will work to do, rather
than worry about the world at large.

 IANAL-but I hope that at this stage we
have some interested people who do have a lawyer as a relative,
significant other, or, debtor, whom we can shamelessly exploit.  Hey,
we'll buy them a beer.

PS: I was not at the meeting in
Budapest, but last year, in Italy, those of us who actually lived in
the US were thin on the ground.  One was a student, there as a Google
Summer of Code presenter. Through communication with Thorsten at TDF,
she has responded to an email that, though busy, would like to work
with LO. Therefore, I think we can claim we have our first US
core developer.

Doug Bash

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