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Erika Olson

Freelance Writer, Film Critic, Social Media Strategist, Author

I live something of a double life: I'm a film critic... but my background and education are in the business world. I spent over 10 years consulting to and working in the financial services industry, and have a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.

My first book, Zero-Sum Game: The Rise of the World's Largest Derivatives Exchange, was published by Wiley in November 2010.  It is my first-person account of the multibillion-dollar bidding war for the Chicago Board of Trade in 2007.

Since May 2008 I have been a film critic and movie blogger for Redbox at blog.redbox.com.

And from 2004 - 2010 I wrote an extremely popular blog about the TV series LOST, LongLiveLocke.com.

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03.15.2011
Book Signing: March 22 at 7 PM, Barnes & Noble in Rochester Hills, MI
Well, the title of this post just about says it all. Next week I'm returning to my home town of Rochester Hills, Michigan (where I attended the same high school Madonna did -- Rochester Adams), and...
Social Media Journal
03.10.2011
The Movie Theater Is Not Your Living Room, People
As you all know, since 2008 I've been a film critic and movie blogger for DVD retailer redbox over at redblog. With this gig comes the opportunity to attend advanced screenings of pretty much every...
Social Media Observer
03.09.2011
Here Comes the (Artificial) Sun
In mid-December I went to the doctor because for weeks prior I had just been feeling off. I was falling asleep during daytime movie screenings (and not because the movies were boring!), my hair was...
Social Media Observer
03.08.2011
The Junk Drawer
Raise your hand if you have a "junk drawer." Don't know what I'm talking about? Then you don't have one. Here's mine -- it's in my kitchen: Would you look at all the crap in there? Tape, checkbooks...
Social Media Observer
03.07.2011
This Little Piggy Cried "Wee Wee Wee"
Last night I was out and about running errands, and the flyer below -- which was taped to the side of a newspaper-vending machine near a big neighborhood gym -- caught my eye. I loved the "No, I'm...
Social Media Observer
03.06.2011
Just Do It.
I think too much. For months now, I've been wanting to get back to some sort of regular writing routine. As in, writing a post for this site each morning, finishing or or two pieces for redbox's...
Social Media Observer
02.16.2011
REGISTRATION DEADLINE TODAY, MONDAY 2/21, for 2/23 Event: The Past, Present, and Future of Chicago's Derivatives Exchanges
2/21 UPDATE: Today is the registration deadline for Wednesday's event. If you are not a member of the University Club or HBS Club of Chicago, please call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880 to sign up...
Social Media Journal
02.07.2011
Chicago Event: Derivatives Industry Panel Hosted by ACG Chicago
Those of you who've read Zero-Sum Game already will recognize a few names on the panel I'm moderating next week. The luncheon event is hosted by ACG Chicago, and non-members are welcome to attend (...
Social Media Journal
01.23.2011
WGN Midday News: December 27, 2010
So it took me nearly a month to post the video of my chat with WGN Midday News anchor Steve Sanders back on December 27, 2010. Oops. But better late than never, right? This was my first time on...
Social Media Journal
01.08.2011
Futures Magazine Reviews Zero-Sum Game
First and foremost, Happy New Year! Zero-Sum Game received some great coverage since the last time I posted, but I'd been traveling over the holidays and neglected to update the blog. So here's a...
Social Media Journal

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