No, there’s no connection between Berkshire Publishing and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway – at least not yet. And it took me a while to realize that some people, unfamiliar with “The Berkshires” as a popular place for summer vacations and skiing, might see an association.
I was at a history film producers conference in Rome a couple years ago, with a lot of people from big broadcasters – the BBC, the History Channel, PBS, and so on, when an Italian I met over cocktails insisted that he had been doing some research before the event and was familiar with my company. “I don’t think so,” I told him, “it’s a very small company.”
The next day he came up to say that I was right, that he had confused Berkshire Publishing with a company called Berkshire Hathaway, and asked if I had heard of it.
And a few days ago in New York, a banker I met at an event last year came over and said, “You’re the one with the company like Berkshire Hathaway.” Not such a bad association to have made, though I’ve not yet figured out how to parlay it into something beneficial. Ideas are welcome, as are introductions to Mr. Buffet. (As it happens, Warren Buffet for years managed the endowment at Grinnell College, where my son just graduated, and the attractive scholarship package Tom had might have been partly to his credit.)