Robert McGarvey

Phoenix, AZ USA

Professional Experience

Blogger...journalist...ghost I sell words - words backed by ideas. A busy freelance writer for 30 years, I have written over 1500 articles for many leading publications, from the NY Times to Harvard Business Review. I also have written 10 books, and am an expert on the Internet (author of HOW TO DOTCOM, 2001) and on mobile computing. I blog frequently, on real estate, travel and consumer technology for I contributed to corporate histories of Oppenheimer Funds and Continental Airlines (75th anniversary). I wrote the "Mile High Tech Blog" for Continental Airlines via Wired Magazine in 2010. I also have created custom content for the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, The Economist Group, BBC and others. I have frequently written about credit unions (primarily covering mobile technologies) and cooperatives.


Book Author
25 Years
30 Years
Other, Specify
12 Years


Business (general)
25 Years
20 Years
25 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
30 Years
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
30 Years
Online/new media
13 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

30 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Continental Airlines Magazine (1-2), Corporate Secretary Magazine (1-2), Crains New York Business (advertorial) (1-2), Celebrated Living (American Airlines) (1-2), Economist Group (1-2), Fortune Magazine (advertorial) (1-2), Harvard Business Review (advertorials) (1-2), Porthole Cruise Magazine (10+), (10+), (10+), Credit Union Times (10+), American Way (American Airlines) (1-2), Better Bank Systems (10+), (10+), American Express Executive Travel (6-10), New York Times (advertorial) (3-5), Selling Power Magazine (3-5), Wired Magazine (advertorial) (1-2), (1-2), New York University\\\'s \\\"News & Views\\\" (1-2), Los Angeles Times (advertorials) (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

1010Data (1-2), Benchmark Hospitality (1-2), CoChel Communications (Advisory Board member) (1-2), 10Gen (3-5), Cabot Creamery (3-5), Learning Streams (Advisory Board member) (1-2), Rutgers Univ. Philosophy Dept. (pro bono) (1-2)

Other Work History

Columnist, Porthole Cruise Magazine; Author, How to DotCom (Entrepreneur Press); co-author, The Complete Spy (Perigee Books)..

Computer Skills

Word, PowerPoint, also social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, etc), Google Docs


Digital recorder, laptop, digital camera

Work Permits & Visas

US Passport, Irish Passport


Gail Harrington, Editorial Director, Pohly. Allen Bernard, editor, Nancy Branka, managing editor, American Express' Executive Travel Magazine Others -- many -- upon request.


T. Sanford Doolittle Essay Prize, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa, Lane Cooper Scholar


Authors Guild, SPJ



An interview with the prolific business guru.
A special advertising section on global real estate trends. Not online. A PDF is available on request.
A special advertising section; in business section.
An advertorial that ran in FORTUNE Magazine.
Rethinking heart care: new, exciting trends in cardiology, reported in this CONTINENTAL Magazine special section
An advertorial for Wolfgang's Steakhouse (#2 in a series). Not online, print only. Copies available upon request.
A newsletter created to launch the Friends of Rutgers Philosophy, a networking and support group for the department (one of the world's top rated). Done on a pro bono basis.
Advertorial about credit unions. Print only (in Business section), not online. PDF available upon request.
Kenya, Northern Ireland, Egypt and more
I filed stories several times a week, sometimes several times a day, for four years, typically about mobile banking and technology. Click here for this archive of many hundreds of articles
A look at the micromanaging epidemic -- causes and cures.
re ITA acquisition
The high tech, high cost, high risk world of oil and gas exploration
Advertorial for #Continental Airlines. Continuing coverage of tech conferences. CTIA, Interop, MobiSys, more TK Weekly updates
A look at the rising costs of enterprise data storage
How magazines are harnessing social media, from a leading trade publisher. I worked on the team that produced this, as project manager
A look of WalMart's push to be green
The write-up of the annual NY Times Small Business Summit. Most of the stories were written by me. (Note: I did the 2006 Summit story package too.)
May cover story, about HP's cloud computing initiative
Threats to online travel booking sites in an age of mobility
My regular service column (stretching back 12 years, under different titles), for Porthole. In print only, not online. PDF available upon request. December column addresses: what if a fire breaks out on board your ship?
Benchmark Hospitality's conference centers written up in HBR advertorial.
A q & a with Larry Bossidy.
A q & a qith Franz Humer, CEO of Roche, the Swiss pharma giant.
About online learning
Case studies of Cisco, Target, Loews Hotels
From iPad to iPhone and what IT needs to know about them
I wrote the "green offices" chapter in this book, and also created supporting blog materials for online use at the launch of the print book.
Assembling the 21st century corporate leader
Batali, Flay, Cora and more.
Distance training in the corporation
See my special advertising section text "Brazil Rising."
Advertorial. Print only. PDF available on request.
Profile of the ChevronTexaco CEO, for the American Airlines inflight.
Business futurists tell their secrets.
A q & a with the founder of the brokerage -- one of many CEO interviews conducted by me for several leading publications. Others available upon request.
A look at Northern Ireland's nascent technology sector.
Hiking Austria's Alps
Travels in Northern Ireland
I co-authored this look at succeeding in ecommerce.
Learning at cooking schools in Asia.
Smart staffing strategies for high-tech companies
What's in on the corporate speaking circuit
Big oil explores new frontiers in the hunt for petroleum reserves
Q & A with Subway co-founder Fred Deluca.
The April cover story, on Berlin, with a sidebar on Weimar
The how-to of selling technically complex services and goods.
An advertorial in the NY Times, re Outsourcing.
A four-page advertorial on cooperatives (member owned business associations), in the A section.
Many dozens of how-to blogs aimed at small businesses (that is, contractors and small landlords), posted over a several year period
A travel story about Ireland.
An eight-page advertorial pull-out in the print edition of the NY Times complimented by a website (with out-takes not included in the print version).
A look at new New Orleans cookery (John Besh, Cochon, et. al.)
Bloomingdale's CEO tells what he loves about New York City Not online. Ask me for a PDF
In-cabin magazine for cruise line passengers. Not online, print only. (PDF on request.)
Profile of the chief innovation officer at insurer AXA
re PlayBook
The how-to of getting hired today
Profile of Shell Oil's leader on climate change/global warming
Mobile data and the enterprise
About contract manufacturers
on the Internet Governance Forum
A profile of Don Vardeman, chair of the Offshore Technology Conference.
For American Airlines' first-class cabin pub, a look at the wellness movement that is sweeping American business.
An advertorial created for accounting firm Eisner LLP. This segment offers tax tips for high-income individuals.
A look at the shift of data/apps from the desktop to the cloud.
An advertorial sponsored by accounting firm Eisner
Social Media are Changing Our Sense of What's Acceptable—and What's Not This article explores our shifting mores re disclosure
A travel story that first ran in ISLANDS Magazine, about events on a small island off Ireland's southern coast
How American businesses are faring in Australia
Corporate IT and the iPhone
Not online (PDF on request). Story explores the importance of cooperatives to Vermont's economy, way of life.
Can TripAdvisor, Yelp be trusted? Are your friends more reliable?
A look at Broadway's insiders, from Des McAnuff to Margo Lion.
An interview with Maria Bartiromo, about the Fed, celebrity, and the Ramones.
A blog on cloud computing
A look at Delectus, a family winery in Napa.
13 steps for saving money while maintaining a fitness program
Using mobile data for substantial business purposes
Business gets serious about social media
A special section on real estate
A look at new thinking around innovation in the enterprise.
A look at small businesses outsourcing to Asia
This is American Airlines 1st class pub
Custom content. I served as the writer.
Data portability and cloud computing
Profile of Phil Aiken, president of BHP Billton's energy group.
Handicapping the tablet wars
A chapter in the travel guide.
A look at the future of offshore petroleum production
A look at Ireland's economic renaissance
Rupert Murdoch's "The Daily"
A how-to primer for would-be ecommerce mavens
See my story "Savor the Flavor," re Barcelona tapas bars, in Holland America's COMPASS, on board magazine for cruisers. (Not online.)
The story behind the rise of the Rutgers philosophy department into national prominence.
An advertorial about Wolfgang's Steakhouse. Not online. PDF available upon request.
Not online. Ask me for a PDF
Analysis of Motorola v Icahn and what this proxy fight bodes for public companies.
IT drives conservation. New technologies make goals realistic.
Google's e-books initiative may change all the rules of book buying.
More Manhattan restaurant recommendations
Special section on executive education
Co-authored the cover story on frugal NYC
Advertorial re credit unions, in NYTimes' business section, print only (not online). PDF available on request.
Profile of the technical chair of the May Offshore Technology Conference in Houston
Q & A with two psychiatrists who serve the NYU Medical School community
August cover story in the inflight, a look at Belfast, food, gee-gaw, and politics
Advertorial text.
The new traits leaders need today
Advice for CIOs on persuading senior management/boards of directors
New trends reshape executive education
A look at the reasons behind the drop in securities lawsuits
Impacts of film piracy explored
Regular column in Porthole; this one looks at what happens when a person goes overboard from a cruise ship. NOT ONLINE. Pdf available upon request
Advice for CIOs on handling inquiries from the board of directors
Cover story, about the emergence of Mumbai, India as a global business city.
Profile of Tony-award winning director Des McAnuff (Guys & Dolls, Jersey Boys, others)
A blog about Financial Institution insecurities and cyber crime
An ebook
How IT is coping with the emergence of procurement
About the Chinese search giant
Outsourced work heads to new locales, from Vietnam to Colombia
Voice recognition comes of age
Print only, not online. Advertorial for Wolfgang's Steakhouse, NYC
Why face to face matters in diplomacy
A profile of Mt. Everest physician Dr. Luanne Freer in Vital Care, a custom publication for the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Advertorial re alternative energy. Not online, print only and only in California editions. (PDF available upon request.)
An advertorial for HBR
Quick, easy yoga moves for an office environment.