Mike’s Ten Comments

I really enjoyed reading this, as someone who gets a few comments. But I have to say, I'm very pleased I don't get as many as TC does. TechCrunch: Ten Comments You Think Are Cool And Insightful But Aren’t…

I really enjoyed reading this, as someone who gets a few comments. But I have to say, I’m very pleased I don’t get as many as TC does.

TechCrunch: Ten Comments You Think Are Cool And Insightful But Aren’t

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What Am I On About

My opening presentation at the CM Summit two weeks ago. All the video is now up from the event….

My opening presentation at the CM Summit two weeks ago. All the video is now up from the event.

http://p.castfire.com/fAMEb/video/29484/cmsummit_2008-10-26-141006.flv

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Web2 Conversations: Elon Musk

On the third day of Web 2 next week, I'll be sitting down with Elon Musk. Now, depending on your age and level of interest, Elon is either A) a co-founder of PayPal, b) founder of SpaceX, c) the guy behind Tesla, d) the guy behind Solar City, or…

Elon

On the third day of Web 2 next week, I’ll be sitting down with Elon Musk. Now, depending on your age and level of interest, Elon is either A) a co-founder of PayPal, b) founder of SpaceX, c) the guy behind Tesla, d) the guy behind Solar City, or e) the guy behind all four.

Elon is truly a “Web Meets World” kind of guy (and yes, that’s the theme of Web 2 this year).

He’s bringing his Tesla to the event, and participating in our auction to boot. I’m looking forward to what I am sure will be an eclectic conversation, in particular given that later in the day I’ll be talking with Shai Agassi, who has something of a competing auto startup going in Better Place.

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Web2 Conversations: Lance Armstrong

Next up in our ongoing tour of conversations at Web 2 next week is Lance Armstrong, the seven time winner of the Tour de France, who recently announced his "de-reitrement" and is going for an eighth win. This appearance, a dinner conversation on day one, is one of Lance's…

Lance

Next up in our ongoing tour of conversations at Web 2 next week is Lance Armstrong, the seven time winner of the Tour de France, who recently announced his “de-reitrement” and is going for an eighth win. This appearance, a dinner conversation on day one, is one of Lance’s only public appearances since he announced his comeback. He’s also an internet entrepreneur, having launched Livestrong.com, a health site, earlier this summer.

This should be quite a unique opportunity to talk to one of the world’s most extraordinary people. Remember my new contest: I’ve decided to take three of my personal complementary passes to Web 2 – yes, even the Program Chair only gets so many – and give them to those who comment on my site about these Web 2 conversations. My decisions are entirely subjective, but I plan to pick the three best questions, and reward them with a fress pass – a street value of nearly $4000 each. Yes, commentators from the past four posts are already eligible:

Mark Zuckerberg

Jerry Yang

Larry Brilliant

Paul Otellini

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I am not an Investor

But if I were (Ok, yes, folks invest in funds on my behalf, have since 1998), I'd say, invest in entertainment. Because folks are looking for escape. Big time. (PS – I saw that tiny dog film. It was simply awful. But, yes, I saw it. I have daughters,…

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

But if I were (Ok, yes, folks invest in funds on my behalf, have since 1998), I’d say, invest in entertainment. Because folks are looking for escape. Big time. (PS – I saw that tiny dog film. It was simply awful. But, yes, I saw it. I have daughters, after all.)

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I Recall When This Was Novel…

The idea that search influenced culture. Now, it just reflects it. Sometimes, not so nicely. From Digg, this story – a search for "terrorist costume" in Amazon brings up an Obama mask. This will be down by the time most read this, so here's a shot:…

The idea that search influenced culture. Now, it just reflects it. Sometimes, not so nicely. From Digg, this story – a search for “terrorist costume” in Amazon brings up an Obama mask. This will be down by the time most read this, so here’s a shot:

Obama Amazon

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Yes, But Now That He’s At Microsoft, Can He Keep Giving It Away For Free?

Great piece in the Times on a fellow who made his name hacking the wii remote and talking about it on YouTube. Now he's at Microsoft, after being wooed by nearly everyone. Contrast this with what might have followed from other options Mr. Lee considered for communicating his ideas….

Wiiremote

Great piece in the Times on a fellow who made his name hacking the wii remote and talking about it on YouTube. Now he’s at Microsoft, after being wooed by nearly everyone.

Contrast this with what might have followed from other options Mr. Lee considered for communicating his ideas. He might have published a paper that only a few dozen specialists would have read. A talk at a conference would have brought a slightly larger audience. In either case, it would have taken months for his ideas to reach others.

Small wonder, then, that he maintains that posting to YouTube has been an essential part of his success as an inventor. “Sharing an idea the right way is just as important as doing the work itself,” he says. “If you create something but nobody knows, it’s as if it never happened.”

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A Reminder of What Web 2 Is

From the man (yes, my partner on Web 2 Summit, so I am biased) who helped start the meme: … value is migrating to a new kind of layer, which we now call Web 2.0, which consists of applications driven not just by software but by network-effects databases driven…

From the man (yes, my partner on Web 2 Summit, so I am biased) who helped start the meme:



… value is migrating to a new kind of layer, which we now call Web 2.0, which consists of applications driven not just by software but by network-effects databases driven by explicit or implicit user contribution.

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Web 2 Conversations: Paul Otellini – and a New Contest!!!!

As you all know by now, I'm asking for your help in preparing to interview folks on stage for Web 2 next week. Your responses have been inspiring, and I am compiling them all into documents I use during the interview process. Previous Web 2 Conversation posts: Mark Zuckerberg…

Otellini

As you all know by now, I’m asking for your help in preparing to interview folks on stage for Web 2 next week. Your responses have been inspiring, and I am compiling them all into documents I use during the interview process. Previous Web 2 Conversation posts:

Mark Zuckerberg

Jerry Yang

Larry Brilliant

Next up is Paul Otellini, the CEO of Intel Corp. Intel is arguably the most influential technology company in the world. There are so many things to talk to Paul about, I really don’t know where to start. So I’ll start by asking you – what do you want to hear from Paul?

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Web2 Conversations: Larry Brilliant

Larry Brilliant, the Executive Director of Google.org, is the face and mind behind Google's philanthropic entity. Here's a snip from his bio: Larry is an M.D. and M.P.H., board-certified in preventive medicine and public health. He is a founder and director of The Seva Foundation, which works in dozens…

Larry Brill

Larry Brilliant, the Executive Director of Google.org, is the face and mind behind Google’s philanthropic entity. Here’s a snip from his bio:

Larry is an M.D. and M.P.H., board-certified in preventive medicine and public health. He is a founder and director of The Seva Foundation, which works in dozens of countries around the world, primarily to eliminate preventable and curable blindness. He serves as a member of the strategic advisory committee for Kleiner Perkins (KPCB) Venture Capital and also sits on the boards of The Skoll Foundation, Health Metrics Network, Omidyar Networks Humanity United, and InSTEDD, an organization bringing technological tools to improve disaster response.

In addition to his medical career, Larry co-founded The Well, a pioneering virtual community, with Stewart Brand in 1985. He also holds a telecommunications technology patent and has served as CEO of two public companies and other venture-backed start-ups.

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