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  • Submitted: Sat, May 18, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, May 06, 2014

  • Reported By: internal name policy Harvard — New York
Forbes Magazine Harvard Reuters Adam Tanner
Internet USA

Forbes Magazine Harvard Reuters Adam Tanner circumventing rick calixto harvard, forbes benefits from harvard's brand name contributed content, elevation partners scam Internet

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: Forbes Created False Revenue Model to Defraud Axel Springer / Revenue Based on Extortion By 'Lighting Up Targets' ,Brand and Executives, Digitally Assassinated By ... Contributors

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: FORBES MEDIA: Gain Competitive Advantage By Destroying Businesses via False News Stories

*Consumer Comment: FORBES MEDIA - in bed with a Venture Capital firms hires hundreds of paid shills / brand assassins to drive profits for personal investment and Elevation Partners

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Elevation Partners, owns 40% of Forbes Media, parent company of Forbes Magazine. Elevation Partners, wanted to utilize the Forbes brand to increase equity in their portfolio companies and at the same time utilize the name and recognition of top universities (Harvard) and thereby being able to imply an endorsement.

Traditional editing would need to be ignored and from this over 1,000 contributed writers were hired which were all hired, vetted, curated and on a compensation program. The content is almost indistinguishable and can be shared on social media just like any other article on Forbes. Except - 'contributed' content has NO traditional editing of the contributors copy prior to publishing. [continued below]....

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Forbes also realized that some of the most widely known and respected trademarks in the world were Univerisites such as Harvard.  As a result of Harvard's name recognition value and prestige, entrepreneurs all over the world have attempted to exploit Harvards name - and imply an endorsement. How do I now of all of this? It's simple: I worked with Adam Tanner and was present at a party when he bragged about being hired as an attack dog for Forbes and how he would hide behind the Harvard name in securing interviews with his victims.

Example of Harvard, Forbes, Adam Tanner in action:

Elevation Partners, invested up to $100 million into Yelp in 2010.
 
Yelp is a portfolio company of Bessemer Venture Partners.
 
Bessemer Venture Partners led the initial funding of $8.65 million for Michael Fertik's Reputation Defender. 
 
Bessemer Venture Partners participated in the $41 million raised under the new name of Reputation.com.
 
Elevation Partners invests into Yelp a portfolio company off Bessemer Venture Partners which is invested heavily into Reputation.com.
 
Ripoff Report launches a new revenue model 'Verified Safe', which is seen a threat to Yelp and its local business reviews.
 
Elevation / Forbes dispatches Adam Tanner. Defame the new business model which would compete with Yelp, and drive business to Reputation.com.
 
Examples of Tanner article:
"...Magedson says he will not remove the posting. (There's a way to get it removed from Google, though.) the hyperlink in the article use to take you to Reputation.com, they have since directed the hyperlink else where. Later the same article states, "The negative reviews have fueled businesses such as Reputation.com which seeks to obscure negative publicity for clients.
 
Michael S. Perlis, the president and chief executive of Forbes Media, said brand are never allowed to make a direct pitch to consumers in its articles. Unless your a VC firm or own 40% of Forbes?
 
Weeks before the article on Ripoff Report, I called to warn Mr. Magedson and other victims. I understand why Magedson didn't believe me. Who would believe an anonymous phone call warning you of a journalist with Harvard who was nothing more than a paid attack dog for Elevation Partners and Bessemer. That this article was to destroy his new venture before it launched and an open pitch for Reputation.com. I tried for 3-days to post this same information on Forbes.com, they refused to publish what is shared above.

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#1 UPDATE Employee ..inside information

Forbes Created False Revenue Model to Defraud Axel Springer / Revenue Based on Extortion By 'Lighting Up Targets' ,Brand and Executives, Digitally Assassinated By ... Contributors

AUTHOR: Axel Springer Due Diligence - ()

In order to increase its revenue, Elevation Partners, via Forbes implemented the TRAJECTORY OF A RUMOR campaign.  Elevation Partners replaced Forbes Staff writers and hired sophisticated smear campaigns by calling these digital assassins, 'Contributors', backed by fake investigatory articles, backed by doctored documents or documents taken out of context, and disinformation against Brands either in competition with Elevation Partners or who canceled, refused or cut back on advertising.

Lighting Up Targets

Forbes also employed Silent Slashers which attacked employees and executives of their targets companies with anonymous posters online, with comments about the targeted women with enough frequency that the rants with outrageous lies and other verbal ejaculations about the supposed sex lives or calling them "rat-faced Jews" trying to hide an air or parody when in reality the target was to create enough keywords that were ugly so that the executives were not only defamed but unable to find new employment thereby forcing the competeting brands out of business.

 

What happens next Forbes realized it was time to sell and by the time the cabal of contributors, hackers that created the 'trajectory of a rumor' campaign will be gone and the new purchaser left to defend the crimes of Forbes and defending Internet Free Speech.

 

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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

FORBES MEDIA: Gain Competitive Advantage By Destroying Businesses via False News Stories

AUTHOR: Big Data BULL - ()

To my disbelief, when Elevation Partners bought into Forbes Media we were instructed to of disseminating FALSE information about brands that competed against the FORBES portfolio companies of Elevation Partners and other executives personal investment portfolio. From I saw and have concluded is that Elevation Partners d/b/a Forbes Media and Forbes.com is attempting to gain competitive advantage by allowing Elevation Partners to post and destroy brands that compete against their portfolio.

 

Forbes calls these new 'brand' hit-men 'contributors. I call them 'modern day snake oil salesmen.'

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FORBES MEDIA - in bed with a Venture Capital firms hires hundreds of paid shills / brand assassins to drive profits for personal investment and Elevation Partners

AUTHOR: Happy Business Owner - ()

Forbes Media in bed with a venture capital firm now has 'incentive-based entrepreneurial journalism'. Destroy a brand which is competing with a personal investment of Forbes or Elevation partners, get your incentive. Or, write a 'puff' piece and increase the value of the Forbes / Elevation Partners portfolio, get your incentive, I believe is called propoganda.The facts don't matter to Adam Tanner. Adam Tanners' a cheer leader. He's a clapping seal. Somebody give him a ball so he can balance it on his nose.Tanner called me boasting he was doing research for Harvard University and reporter for Forbes. Being that I am a corporate advocacy member, he said he wanted to ask my feelings and experience with RR and the Corporate Adavocacy Program. Negative reviews are a busines owners worst nightmare. I did not like Mr. Magedson or his website. The reports on my business were true but we were barely surviving and I felt like the reports were unfair because we were not making much of a profit, and I felt these people were taking money out of my kids mouths.

It pissed me off but finally after speaking with two other CAP members I joined the program. The other member bragged about how much their businesses increased after joining the program, and it was true. Within months we began making a consistent and growing profit. All the people who stayed away because of Ripoff Report now clicked on the same link but read about how we changed the former problems. Better yet, Ed went so far above and beyond for us. Many of the reports on us were filed anonymously. After we joined the program, Ed suggested we offer a free dinner to any of our anonymous posters if they came and introduced themselves, and we met two of the past anonymous posters, once we spoke, they refer us so much business. Tanner was told all of this and more but it never made it to the article. Instead he spent nearly 45 minutes telling me horrible things about RR and Ed personally. He told me he would highlight my business in the article, and that a mention on Forbes woud be more valuable that the Corporate Advocacy program. After reading this report, I now see this is about paid shills increasing profits for their wealthy buddies.

 

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