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Business Observer Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 6 years ago

Tangled up in brag

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Bradenton-area ophthalmologist Dr. Harris Silverman, founder of The Eye Associates, will have no shortage of things to say if patient small talk turns to bragging about kids.

Bradenton-area ophthalmologist Dr. Harris Silverman, founder of The Eye Associates, will have no shortage of things to say if patient small talk turns to bragging about kids.

Silverman's hard-to-top tale is about his son, Brandon Silverman, who attended St. Stephens Episcopal School in Bradenton. Facebook recently acquired a tech company the younger Silverman founded in 2011, a social media software analytics firm called CrowdTangle. Terms of the deal, announced Nov. 11, weren't disclosed.

But Facebook executives heaped praise on Silverman, who graduated from St. Stephens in 1998. Brandon Silverman's brother Derek Silverman, class of 2005 from St. Stephens, also works for CrowdTangle.

Several large publishing firms, including NPR, BuzzFeed and USA Today, use CrowdTangle to measure online traffic of stories and content on Twitter and Facebook.
“Publishers around the world turn to CrowdTangle to surface stories that matter, measure their social performance and indentify influencers,” Facebook officials say in a statement. “We are excited to work with CrowdTangle to deliver these, and more insight to publishers.”

Brandon Silverman has posted parental brag-worthy moments before CrowdTangle. From 2005 to 2011 he was communications director for the Center for Progressive Leadership, which trained progressive activists in several states and influenced President Obama's campaign strategy.

Harris Silverman, meanwhile, has led his practice from one office to now six from Sun City Center to Venice. Silverman and his wife, Micheline Silverman, also helped launch Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto in the 1980s, and have remained with the organization.

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