In 1995 I was developing a Majordomo online email discussion forum for plant engineers when I needed to find out what the printers meant when they dropped the phrase "Computer To Plate". That little plant engineer forum had showed how helpful people would be when someone in the community asked for information. So I launched a Majordomo e-list forum named the "computer-to-plate-pressroom" and encouraged conversations with commercial content. CTPP caught the attention of printers, vendors, and the trade press. Membership grew and value became apparent.
Digital Art Exchange, DAX(Boston), bought the CTPP forum from me in 1996. In 1997 they hired me to build a family of discussion forums on a new site PrintPlanet.com.
Chuck Gehman and I worked together to develop PrintPlanet.
In 2001 Printable Technologies (San Diego) bought the PrintPlanet assets. I continued as "Managing Director, PrintPlanet" at Printable.
In February of 2007 Printable sold the assets to a company in Kentucky. At that juncture there were 17 discussion forums with a gross membership of over 55,000 active subscribers.
When I left the new owners at the end of August 2007, Steve Musselman Senior Manager, Corporate Accounts Agfa Graphics, wrote to the Computer to Plate Pressroom community: "I've been fortunate to work closely with "Uncle Dave" for ten years now. It would only be fitting to acknowledge the true community Dave built, which extended beyond these virtual walls. Dave not only seized the opportunity to harness the power of the electronic community, he helped write in practice the true "Cluetrain Manifesto".
Now in 2014 I am retired and have a full time job as caregiver to my wife who has Alzheimer's. I am in contact with hundreds of folks from PrintPlanet days on LinkedIn and other social networks.