Eleven days ago, 23-year-old Justin Kan was just another no-name startup guy with big dreams of the small screen. Then he and his friends launched Justin.tv, an Internet reality show chronicling their adventures as young San Francisco entrepreneurs that, at least for now, is proving to be a smash hit with online viewers. S.F. startup […]
The US is now ranked seventh in the body’s league table measuring the impact of technology on the development of nations. A deterioration of the political and regulatory environment in the US prompted the fall, the report said. The top spot went for the first time to Denmark, followed by Sweden. BBC NEWS | Business […]
It’s hard to believe Flickr has only been around for a few years. It seems like I’ve been using it much, much longer than three years. That’s testament to its lure, success, and the community that has sprung up around both the service and the lifestyle. Flickr is a seamless part of my digital life. […]
A few months ago I was asked by Tom Markiewicz, CEO of EvolvePoint, to be on a panel about “Using RSS for Marketing” for the SXSW Interactive Conference coming up March 9-13 and I gladly accepted. The other panelists include Bill Flitter of Pheedo, Greg Reinacker of NewsGator, and John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing. […]
I was glad to see two interesting initiatives this week related to women and girls in technology. The first was Entrepreneurial Night by Girls’ Middle School in Mountain View and held at Google. Ten groups of seventh grade girls made their pitches to a room full of venture capitalists. In his post at BusinessWeek, Rob […]
As we amass more and more data, it seems only natural that we’ll need new methods to navigate this space. Jeff Han’s multi-touch screen is impressive. I don’t know if it’s the best way to manipulate all types of data or more fine-grained scenarios, but it clearly opens up possibilities for using a wide range […]
Thanks to Don Tapscott for the book!
I’m at the Widgets Live! conference this afternoon with a sold-out crowd of widget geeks, technologists, developers, bloggers and execs at the Marines’ Club in San Francisco. Widgets Live! is the first conference by GigaOM, hosted by Om Malik (my client) in partnership with Niall Kennedy. It’s also the first conference I’ve been to recently […]
Vox, Six Apart’s new blog service, launched on Oct 26. Vox puts the emphasis on personal blogging and sharing with friends and family. It features advanced privacy controls, a stunning variety of unique themes, powerful integration with other services like Flickr, YouTube, and more. “Blogging is fun again. With powerful privacy controls that give you […]
Yahoo gave a demo to a small group tonight at the Frey Norris Gallery in San Francisco. The event was hosted by Brad Garlinghouse, Vice President of Communications, Community and Front Door (pictured left) and other members of his team. Yahoo Photos presented at DEMO in February 2005 and is about to be released as […]
Thursday night was Kevin Werbach’s Pre-Pre-Supernova party here in SF, just a couple blocks away at Cha-Am Thai. The dinner was a great chance to network and chat with leading tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. My partner at Ideacodes, Max Kiesler, and I met and talked to many people, in particular, Esme Vos of […]
Mike Arrington’s TechCrunch 5 party for Shel Israel and Robert Scoble’s new book, Naked Conversations, was a big success on Friday night in Atherton, CA. Some 400 people showed up at Mike’s house to mingle, hang out, congratulate Shel and Robert, and generally celebrate amidst a great crowd of techies, bloggers, entrepreneurs, tech giants, thought […]
The JP Morgan and Connector Group Showcase, “a unique forum for companies to introduce their leading-edge products and services to the Silicon Valley’s elite group of tastemakers and influencers ,” took place on Monday, January 30 at the JP Morgan offices here in SF. The event offered a behind-the-scenes look into some of the innovative […]
We had the wonderful opportunity to attend an informal dinner on Monday night here in SF with the Yahoo! design group and a mix of fellow designers, developers, and even some HCI and usability legends. On the Yahoo-side, I had the pleasure of meeting Larry Tesler, VP of user experience and design, Havi Hoffman, Catalyst […]
Earlier today, I went to the E27 Technology Symposium at Stanford University. E27 is “a forum for young entrepreneurs to showcase their upcoming or new products to influential representatives from newspapers, popular blogs, progressive companies, universities, and venture capitalist firms.”
My partner at Ideacodes, Max Kiesler, and I are back from attending Search Champs which took place this week, January 24 – 26 at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond. Search Champs is an event hosted by the MSN Search team to invite “groups of academics, bloggers, siteowners, and technologists to talk about search… We usually select […]
Though it was written more than ten years ago, this caught my attention and seemed particularly relevant again. From Kevin Kelly’s Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World. As we make our machines and institutions more complex, we have to make them more biological in order to manage […]
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made it a goal to provide a free or inexpensive citywide network last year and bids were submitted by competing firms this Friday, mostly by ISP companies. The big news is Google’s bid to install a free Wi-Fi network. As part of its 100-page bid, Google said it could install […]
I can’t wait to use the feature “instantly see all windows.” Here’s a small demo of Expose for OS 10.3 (aka Panther).
If you listen to streaming music as much as I do, you’ll enjoy this piece on recording streaming audio by Mark Twain of TechTV.
Pyra is the company co-founded by Meg Hourihan and Evan Williams, the creators of Blogger. “The buyout is a huge boost to an enormously diverse genre of online publishing that has begun to change the equations of online news and information…” Story at silconvalley.com
Ultimately, I don’t see a long term future for HTML as an application development solution. It is a misapplied tool that was never meant to be used for anything other than distributed publishing.” “The reality is that we are trying to do too much with a language that was never meant for such heavy-duty applications. […]
Came across the Public Internet Project website. Non-profit organisation that seeks to promote 802.11b WiFi access to diverse communities. They conducted extensive research in Manhattan, beginning with the task of driving “every street in the borough of Manhattan (approx. 98%) with the exception of areas that were closed to vehicle traffic due to police or […]