Disclosure statement

last updated September 20, 2018

Inspired by Timothy Blee’s excellent disclosure statement and wanting to practice what I’ve preached in the past from the ethical high horse of being a former member of the mainstream press, I offer this disclosure statement to outline my affiliations and sources of income. With money sloshing around all corners of the internet, I wanted to make it clear when I was speaking with an economic interest looking over my shoulder.

The Blog

I write this on my own time, with no compensation from any employer or third party. This blog does not accept nor display advertising, paid links, or participate in an pay-per-post schemes. No overt search engine optimization is practiced in the belief that if you are worried about SEO you’re doing something wrong or trying to rank higher than you organically should.

Sources of Income

As of May, 2018 I am a Member of the Firm of Sitrick And Company, a crisis communications firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California. I am head of the firm’s Boston office and work with a variety of clients in different industries. I cannot disclose the identify of those clients for reasons of client confidentiality and privilege, however I do not use this blog, nor any of my social media accounts, to promote those clients. All my words and statements are mine alone, and not affiliated with Sitrick.

I was the VP of Corporate Marketing at Acquia, a private software company based in Boston that provides a cloud-delivered content management framework called Drupal. I forfeited my options in the company and blogged here, and on my social media accounts on my own volition and not on behalf of Acquia during my employment there from 2014 to 2018.

I was a strategy consultant at a New York City advisory boutique – Eastman Advisors, LLC — that specializes in intellectual property, digital media and entertainment, (especially music) and e-commerce. I cannot disclose the name of the firm’s clients or partners publicly out of respect for the high standards of privacy and confidentiality established by firm’s founding partners. I don’t publish client names. If I mention a client in a blog post I will do so only with their approval and full disclosure of my relationship to them. At present my consulting work extends to an open source cloud services company, an internet media company, an online retailer, a Fortune 500 communications services company, and a management strategy consulting firm. I will not blog on a client’s behalf, nor link to them in any effort to improve their search rankings, promote their products or services, etc.. I will use my Twitter account to re-tweet news about them when appropriate.

I was also a freelance technology marketing writer who contributed editorial services to several corporate clients in the capacity of ghostwriter and editorial consultant. I was under strict nondisclosure agreements with those clients and so cannot disclose their identity nor specific projects. I will not blog about nor promote those clients without full disclosure. I have no investment position in any clients. I charged a combination of rates:

  • Hourly: $150
  • Per word: $1.50
  • Flat project rates to be negotiated.


I own no shares in any publicly traded companies other than via my retirement accounts held at Fidelity.

Memberships and contributions

I am the former president of the Association of the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club, a local 501c3 organization that raises funds in support of the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club; and am member of the Wianno Club in Osterville, MA, the Yale Club of New York City, and the Union Boat Club of Boston. I am a registered Independent voter and make no contributions to any political candidates.  I contribute to:  the Barnstable Land Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, Massachusetts Audubon, the Society of American Baseball Research, the ACMYC, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Cotuit Athletic Association, Cotuit Library, Cotuit Federated Church,  and my alma maters: the Brooks School and Yale College.

0 thoughts on “Disclosure statement”

  1. Hi Dave,

    Great to learn you are still around the water….let me know if you get around the Harwich Port area…


    BG Sykes

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