Independent Telecommunications Professional
- Columbia, Missouri Area
Tim Kridel's Overview
- Free-lance writer and independent analyst at Kridel & Associates
- Research Editor and Analyst at Heavy Reading
- Senior Writer at The Net Economy
- Staff Writer and Technology Editor at Wireless Review
- Reporter at Mid-Missouri Business Journal
- Finisher at Tribune Publishing Company
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- Longwood High School
Tim Kridel's Summary
I am the Ryan Seacrest of tech and telecom: I seem to be everywhere, involved in multiple projects, often behind the scenes, producing work that carries someone else's name. (In reality, I look more like Donal Logue.)
I've been covering the technology and telecom industries since 1998. The majority of my work centers around:
1) Wireless, including cellular, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, apps, devices, infrastructure, operators and vendors.
2) Cable/telco, including DOCSIS 3.0, FTTx and Carrier Ethernet.
3) Professional/commercial/enterprise audio-video, such as videoconferencing and digital signage.
I also occasionally cover smart grids and medical technology.
My projects are in three main areas:
1) Articles under my byline for trade magazines and websites.
2) Ghostwriting articles, white papers, blogs, tweets, executive speeches and other collateral for vendors and trade associations, both directly and through PR firms. I also occasionally do media training.
3) Writing research reports for analyst firms, both under my name and as a ghostwriter.
As an independent analyst, I've been quoted in Light Reading (LTE, HD voice), the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (regarding wireless number portability), the Chicago Tribune (municipal wireless and cell phone jamming), Federal Computer Week (a U.S. Navy wireless contract), Mobile Communications International (wireless infrastructure vendor market shares), Network World (wireless number portability) and The (Singapore) Straits Times (WiMAX).
My specialties include translating MSEE- and MBA-speak into lay terms.
Tim Kridel's Experience
Free-lance writer and independent analyst
Kridel & Associates
May 2002 – Present (11 years 1 month)
Some recent examples of my work:
1) www.inavateonthenet.net/article/53556/The-best-of-times-amid-the-worst-of-times-.aspx -- I've been writing for InAVate since 2007. The magazine covers the pro/commercial/enterprise AV industry in the EMEA markets.
2) I wrote for Pro AV from 2003 to June 2011, when it went out of business. The magazine covered the pro/commercial/enterprise AV industry in the U.S. market. Many of my stories are now available at http://svconline.com, which acquired the Pro AV archives.
3) www.avtechnologyonline.com/article/74030.aspx -- I occasionally write for AV Technology.
4) www.carrierethernetnews.com/articles/513899/carrier-ethernet-and-cloud-an-unbeatable-combinati -- I occasionally write for Carrier Ethernet News.
5) www.heavyreading.com/research -- I occasionally write reports for the Heavy Reading Insider research series.
6) www.intelligenceinsoftware.com/feature/it_software_strategy/desk_phone_obsolesence -- I covered cloud computing, mobile and a variety of other enterprise IT topics for the Intel-sponsored "Intelligence in Software" site, which closed in March 2012.
7) www.digitalinnovationgazette.com/feature/mobile/mobile_app_development_apis -- In April 2012, I began writing for another Intel-sponsored website, Digital Innovation Gazette, whose primary audience is mobile app developers.
8) www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/22163.htm -- I occasionally write for InfoComm's Special Reports series.
My other current and past clients include ADC, Blumsday, the CDMA Development Group, Cingular Wireless, Columbia (Missouri) Business Times, Compass Intelligence, Comunicano, Conexant, Current Analysis, Entrepreneur, Ericsson, Frost & Sullivan, Global Results Communications, Hallmark, iGR, In-Stat, Laptop, Microsemi, Multichannel News, MWW, Nuance Communications, Pyramid Research, RadiSys, ScreenPlays, Sprint, Telepresence Options, Telit, Tellabs, Texas Instruments and 4G Americas.
Research Editor and Analyst
Public Company; 51-200 employees; Telecommunications industry
October 2003 – October 2004 (1 year 1 month)
I joined Heavy Reading to help edit analyst reports and then became an analyst covering wireless. I left to return to free-lancing full time, but I still write for the Heavy Reading Insider report series (www.heavyreading.com/research) on a contract basis. My staff reports included:
1) "WiMax Reality Check"
2) "2004 Next-Generation Wireless Infrastructure Market Perception Study"
3) "Next-Generation Wireless Infrastructure: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis"
More details about each report are available by searching for the titles at www.heavyreading.com/list.asp?page_type=all_reports.
Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Online Media industry
August 2000 – May 2002 (1 year 10 months)
I covered all aspects of wireless, including technologies, devices, applications, services, vendors and carriers. I left in May 2002, when the magazine closed.
Staff Writer and Technology Editor
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; PTON; Publishing industry
May 1998 – August 2000 (2 years 4 months)
I joined Wireless Review as a staff writer covering RF and SS7 engineering. I later became technology editor, responsible for five sections of the magazine, including news. My cover stories included interviews with Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Keiji Tachikawa, Stan Sigman and George Schmitt. I left in August 2000 to join The Net Economy.
Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Printing industry
January 1993 – January 1998 (5 years 1 month)
Although I went to grad school for journalism, I actually got my start in the industry in the pressroom rather than the newsroom. At the Tribune, I ran post-press equipment, mainly saddle stitchers but also inserters and labelers.
Tim Kridel's Skills & Expertise
Tim Kridel's Education
University of Missouri-Columbia
1996 – 1998
I completed all classwork for an M.A. but never got around to finishing my thesis, which was about how the talk format revitalized AM radio.
University of Missouri-Columbia
B.A., English, English
1988 – 1992
After finishing my B.A., I spent three semesters as an intern at The Missouri Review (www.missourireview.org), a literary journal.
Longwood High School
1984 – 1988
Tim Kridel's Additional Information
I volunteer at the Central Missouri Humane Society (www.cmhspets.org), where I take animals to area retirement homes for pet therapy. I also transport animals to rescue organizations in Illinois and Missouri. My hobbies include ham (amateur) radio and radio history. I got into ham radio when I was about 12, and my hands-on RF experience wound up being useful in my career because it gave me a good understanding of technical issues such as antenna theory and signal propagation.
- Groups and Associations:
American Radio Relay League (ARRL) life member, International Radio Club of America (IRCA), National Radio Club (NRC)
- Honors and Awards:
My Pro AV article, "2009 Outlook: The Road Ahead" (www.svconline.com/proav/value-engineering_2009-outlook-the-road-ahead), won an American Society of Business Publication Editors Azbee award in the Original Research, Central Silver, Under 80,000 category.
From 2005 to 2011, I edited Tellabs' quarterly magazine, Insight (formerly Inspire and, before that, Emerge), which won three MarCom Creative awards (www.marcomawards.com) in 2008: a gold medal for corporate magazine and two honorable mentions (design/magazine interior and design/magazine). Some Insight archives are available at www.tellabs.com/news/insight.
In 2001, while at The Net Economy, I received the Ziff Davis Media Chairman's Circle Award "for outstanding contributions in editorial and content."
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