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Al Gore Joins the Lineup At Web 2 Summit

By - August 07, 2008

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Those of you following my posts around the theme of this year’s Web 2 Summit already know that we’re expanding the scope of the conference this year, and asking a core question: How can we apply the lessons of the Web to the world at large? From my post outlining the theme:

As we convene the fifth annual Web 2.0 Summit, our world is fraught with problems that engineers might charitably classify as NP hard—from roiling financial markets to global warming, failing healthcare systems to intractable religious wars. In short, it seems as if many of our most complex systems are reaching their limits.

It strikes us that the Web might teach us new ways to address these limits. From harnessing collective intelligence to a bias toward open systems, the Web’s greatest inventions are, at their core, social movements. To that end, we’re expanding our program this year to include leaders in the fields of healthcare, genetics, finance, global business, and yes, even politics.

Increasingly, the leaders of the Internet economy are turning their attention to the world outside our industry. And conversely, the best minds of our generation are turning to the Web for solutions. At the fifth annual Web 2.0 Summit, we’ll endeavor to bring these groups together.

To my mind, no person better exemplifies the merging of these two worlds than former Vice President (and Nobel laureate) Al Gore, the Chairman of Current TV. Gore and CEO Joel Hyatt started Current as “a new breed of media company that works with its young adult audience to create media that informs, enriches and inspires,” by integrating online and offline media, a very Web Meets World endeavor indeed. Readers may recall that Gore recently joined Kleiner Perkins as a partner focused on green issues, as well. And we are very pleased to announce that VP Gore will be joining us at the Web 2 Summit this year.

Others joining VP Gore include Elon Musk, of PayPal, Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX, Larry Brilliant, the head of the Google.org foundation, and Michael Pollan, author of many wonderful books on our relationship to food, including my favorite: The Botany of Desire. The full lineup is truly wonderful, and we’re still adding speakers.

Requests for invitations can be found here, this is going to be one special event.

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From the Reader: The Past Week

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I’ve missed a lot since my time away over the past ten days or so, here are the pieces in my reader I found worthy of noting:

Venturebeat on StumbleUpon’s “method behind the madness.”

Google’s assault on Baidu (Chinese market) through legal music search via ars

BBtv debuts “BBtv World.” Important journalism is not dead, it’s just evolving.

Mike on Ads: Is Google Taking Behavioral Data to Display? Well, if it is, then we have a lot to think about. And if it is not, its shareholders should sue.

The Yahoo shareholder meeting happened. Seems the board is intact. But this “tabulation error” is rather odd. First it looked like a strong vote of support for Jerry and Co. (85%). Then….not so much.

More when I get back from the gym….

Google Sells Performics to Publicis

By - August 06, 2008

This is not a surprise (Google told us this would happen in April). Google could not really own a SEO/SEM biz.

Publicis Groupe (EURONEXT Paris: FR0000130577) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that Publicis Groupe has agreed to acquire the Performics search marketing business (Performics) from Google. Chicago-based Performics, one of the leading search marketing services providers, helps to improve the performance of advertisers’ investments and maximize client campaign effectiveness. Its profit-driving suite of marketing solutions includes Performics’ reporting platform, local platform, advanced market expertise and active account management.

Wonder what happens with the anemic affiliate network they “launched” in June?

The Web 2 Summit Charity Auction

By - August 03, 2008

Tim posts here about the auction we’re be having as part of the Web 2 Summit this Fall. Given the theme (Web Meets World), we’re giving profits to charity, and we’re looking for suggestions on what we might auction off. The bigger the idea, the better, of course. For example, Lance Armstrong will be signing a bike and we’ll be auctioning that!

Here is the release, and here’s the link to the auction page. But I need your help: What should we auction off? When we did this back in the late 90s, we auctioned off John Doerr’s tie for like ten grand, as I recall. I think someone paid a lot more than that to throw Meg Whitman, me, Mary Meeker, and Bill Gurley into the pool.

Now those were the days…

Please go to the auction’s Facebook page to suggest some great ideas or just comment here! Thanks.

James and Giant Peach

By - August 01, 2008

Serious Greek DudeTwitter is again overloaded (Fail Whale, which always reminded me of that scene with James and the Giant Peach where the birds lift the peach out of shark infested waters, anyway…). Follow me here if you can.

So, since I can’t entertain you with Tweets and Crowdfire is ripping it up, here’s a photo from the National Archaeological Museum of Athens that I took today (I took alot more). This fellow, a philosopher, seems quite bent. I liked him.