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Paul F. Tompkins and the Tompkins 300

05/14/10 07:55 AM

Facebook can be a great place to catch up with old friends, share a funny link or two. But for comedian Paul F. Tompkins, Facebook can be a crucial business tool. Last year, some fans of Paul’s contacted him and asked him to do a comedy show in Toronto. Paul said that if they got 300 fans to commit to coming to see him in Toronto, he would arrange a show there. So they did, Paul booked a venue, and had a terrific night performing for dedicated fans. Paul soon realized the idea had legs and encouraged the creation of “Tompkins 300” groups all over North America. It’s become an efficient and effective way of arranging shows since he knows he’ll only be performing where he’s really wanted and usually to an enthusiastic crowd. We talk to Paul about social media and what it means to his work.

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Future Tense becomes Marketplace Tech Report

09/17/10 06:12 PM

Hi everyone. John Moe here. Starting Monday, September 20th, Future Tense will be going by the name Marketplace Tech Report.

Producer Larissa Anderson and I have been working closely with the folks at Marketplace ever since we took over Future Tense in May. It’s worked out great. We’ve helped them, they’ve helped us, and together we’ll find more stories you’ll want to hear. Basically, we loved Marketplace so much we married them. And kind of took their name too. Is it creepy to compare two radio shows to a married couple? Sorry about that.

As part of the Marketplace portfolio of programs (along with Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, and Marketplace Money), Marketplace Tech Report will keep bringing you stories that explain news and trends and technology and what it all means to you. We’ll be moving to a new simpler URL:, which will go live over the weekend. We’ll be bringing our entire archive of past shows and blog posts with us but in the meantime, we’re leaving up so you can access the show archives from there as well.

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