How now, Mr Operator? Fare ye well?

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Mr Operator, isn’t it?   Our mystical high profile executive working at one of the world’s biggest international operators was on a roll.  It was fabulously well received.

That’s until we solicited enquiries for companies to be reviewed.

We got one or two out the door but the vast majority of them, Mr Operator briefly reviewed then wrote back to me saying, ‘Er, if I do a piece on [Company X], it will most likely put the shits up their investors and hamstring them on-going.’

Which isn’t something we’re into, here at Mobile Industry Review.

We’ve got a lot of analysts, investors and venture capitalists reading regularly and, well… if you look at how brutal Mr Operator could be… that might not be good news for a lot of companies.

The idea behind the concept with the series of features was to let people know what sort of things an operator is looking for — so that you avoid making mistake-after-mistake when you’re trying to deal with one.  But then I happened upon the idea of offering companies the ability to pitch Mr Operator and then publish both the pitch and his perspective.

I’m in two minds and I’d appreciate your perspective.  Would you like to read a direct, critical-in-some-places evaluation of mobile companies, from the perspective of Mr Operator?

Or should we do a Q&A style set of features?  You send me your questions for him and I’ll get him to respond?

I’d appreciate your viewpoints — either by mail or here in the comments.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

8 replies on “How now, Mr Operator? Fare ye well?”

I thought the Mr Operator series was refreshing and enlightening. What are blogs for if we only ever get to hear the nice sanitised, raving fan version of everything.

Yeah – what he said x2… 🙂

Mr Operator doesn't even need to name names if it is going to destroy someone's business, but he can make general observations based on reviewing an un-named start-up.

Generic, white-washed Q/A isn't nearly as interesting or helpful to readers as real feedback based on specific and detailed examples. Bring on the targeted reviews. As long as 'mr operator' isn't just taking cheap shots and gives fair and accurate feedback, the company and investors and partners will be better off.

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