About Bob Jones

Bob founded Publitek in 1998. He has over 25 years’ experience in running technology PR and marketing communications agencies, following earlier careers in broadcast engineering and electronic component marketing. Bob read Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bangor, Wales, and has an MA in Marketing. He was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 1996 and in 2015 was named as one of "The 100 most influential tech agency PR executives globally" by the Hot Topics community of technology leaders.

Why B2B technical content marketing is coming of age in 2017

2017-06-13T09:31:55+00:00 June 12th, 2017|

Every new technology, and every new marketing fad, is discussed long before it’s widely implemented. How many of us would have guessed that the history of autonomous cars goes back to the 1920s, or that technical content marketing can be traced back to the Hartford Steam Boiler company’s ‘Locomotive’ news sheet, first published in November 1867 to help people run [...]

Don Clark resigns from Wall Street Journal after 23 years service

2016-11-28T10:12:41+00:00 November 28th, 2016|

Don Clark, who has served as editor and reporter in the San Francisco bureau of the Wall Street Journal since 1993, has resigned from the publication. Don, who has reported on technology since 1980 and is perhaps best known for his work in the components industry, particularly in relation to semiconductors, plans to spend more [...]

More job losses at AspenCore as advertisers bail

2016-11-26T10:21:32+00:00 November 25th, 2016|

AspenCore, publisher of EETimes, EDN and other outlets serving the electronics design market, is closing its Boise, Idaho, office and consolidating the work to Denver, Colorado as part of a wider restructuring of the business. Sources close to the company told us that there will be around 20 job losses. Graham Kelly, previously VP of Operations [...]

Avnet buys Hackster to access start-ups

2016-11-20T00:13:39+00:00 November 20th, 2016|

Following the recent acquisition of AspenCore by Arrow, rival distributor Avnet has bought Hackster, the San Francisco-based online community 'dedicated to learning hardware, from beginner to pro'. Hackster has a claimed membership of 200,000 and features projects based on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel Edison and other low-cost computing platforms. Avnet's CEO, Wiliam Amelio, said,“The combination of Hackster.io [...]

David Blaza and Jim Harrison depart as AspenCore re-shuffles

2016-11-06T22:18:42+00:00 November 6th, 2016|

AspenCore, publisher of several leading B2B electronics media including EETimes and EDN, has embarked on a reorganisation that has seen the departure of North American managing director, David Blaza, and veteran Electronic Products Magazine editor, Jim Harrison. David Blaza spent nearly 20 years with EETimes and has held a number of short-term roles since [...]

John Henry Day Jr obituary

2017-02-10T01:58:46+00:00 August 9th, 2016|

Publitek is sad to learn that John Henry Day Jr passed away at his home on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the age of 71. John ran the popular website John Day’s Automotive Electronics. John was born in Boston, MA on September 16, 1944, and he received his Bachelor's Degree in English from Northeastern University [...]

B2B electronics media guest commentary: Busting trust

2016-10-24T10:53:50+00:00 June 8th, 2016|

Author: Alix Paultre, editorial director, Power Systems Design: One of the things to love about publishing is its open access to the industry. In fact, a crank call as a child that went well with Isaac Asimov (too long to describe here) is what got me enamored with journalism in the first place. I have [...]

Exclusive: Arrow buys EE Times, EDN, TechOnline and lots more from UBM

2016-10-24T10:53:51+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|

As we predicted back in March, component distributor Arrow Electronics has agreed to buy a number of publishing assets in North America and Asia from UBM plc. The official announcement is due tomorrow, June 3rd, and it seems likely that these assets will be marketed under Arrow's AspenCore brand. We don't yet know the full extent of the [...]

Android app makes it easy for engineers to find the right dev kit

2016-10-24T10:53:51+00:00 May 29th, 2016|

There are now so many semiconductor development kits on the market it can take an age to sort through the available data to find the most suitable one. Enter the Electropages Dev Kit App, an Android app that makes the process fast and easy, according to publisher, Craig Dyball. He said, "Engineers have a mind-boggling choice [...]