William Hann Happy anniversary Jinfo, née FreePint
Jinfo Blog

4th January 2023

By William Hann


25 years, 600 editions, 500 contributors. Jinfo has come a long way, and so has the value of information work. However, information leaders still need to win the war for talent, hold vendors to account, and keep an eye on competitors.


I founded Jinfo 25 years ago, as "FreePint", to help information professionals like myself with practical tips to increase their value and visibility.

Today we publish the 600th issue of the twice-monthly newsletter. The readership grew to over 100,000, in both the "buy" and the "sell" sides of the information industry, and the complete archive is available.

Over the years we launched various sub-brands – remember VIP, FUMSI, the FreePint Bar and My Favourite Tipples? These were consolidated into the "FreePint Subscription" (10 years ago), then we changed the name to "Jinfo" (6 years ago).

Over 500 information experts have contributed to Jinfo thus far. I’ve enjoyed working with some incredible colleagues, including the wonderful Robin Neidorf (18 years), and support team Jody and Yvonne (14 years each). Stephen Phillips joined in 2020, and is extending our network of trusted analysts.

Whilst the value of information and its leaders has risen significantly over the last quarter-century, Jinfo clients still face significant resource constraints whilst maintaining critical services.

You can benefit from Jinfo's latest practical and unique resources:

  • Register for "Let’s talk talent", our Community session next week (10th January 2023). Win the war for talent by getting the low-down on attracting new staff and retaining the best people.

  • The follow-up article to our December Community session, "Holding Vendors to Account" provides practical insights into developing a vendor management framework to drive more value from the most important suppliers in your portfolio.

  • We'll focus on the opportunities in competitive intelligence for Information Leaders in "Building competitive advantage" (9th February 2023).

  • We're starting a series of discussions with senior leaders from information vendors, to improve your awareness of vendor roadmaps and highlight disruptors. Contact Stephen Phillips to suggest specific vendors to include.

By subscribing to the newsletter, and being a Jinfo client, you are contributing to the wonderful Jinfo network, and the information industry as a whole. 

Although it's no longer a "FreePint" (and your last chance to get 2022 Subscription prices) we do consider you VIPs (valuable information professionals?).

Here's to making the most of the next 25 years.

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