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Latest Posts

AlwaysOn: SaaS love fest

Ray Lane, of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, led the panel of software executives and competitors (you can see some wincing and uncomfortable body language among some of the participants if you are watching the Always On Stanford Summit Webcast), discussing whether the software as a service model has finally arrived. Given the bias of the panel members--Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce.

July 26, 2006 by Dan Farber


Marc Benioff's top 10 list CEO Marc Benioff kicked off the afternoon at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit by telling the audience about his company's philanthropic efforts-- 1 percent of equity, 1 percent of profits and 1 percent of employee time are set aside a non-profit.

July 26, 2006 by Dan Farber


NetSuite reveals's Achilles heel

Just prior to a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit panel on software as a service  that includes the three bigger upstart players--Marc Benioff, CEO of; Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite; Greg Gianforte, CEO of RightNow Technologies--NetSuite send out a press release touting Salesforce.

July 26, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Another support call and e-commerce nightmare: This time, it's Ticketmaster

Compared to the debacle of a support call that I had with T-Mobile, at least the one thing positive I can say about today's support call with Ticketmaster to overcome a ticket purchasing problem with its Web site (which I've recorded for your listening pleasure) is how pleasant everybody was that I spoke to, even though they were ultimately unable to resolve the problem to my satisfaction.

July 26, 2006 by David Berlind


AlwaysOn: Open source and patent trolls

Speaking at a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit 2006 addressing the question of whether all software, or even hardware, will go open source, MySQL CEO Marten Mickos said: "There is no technical argument for keeping code closed. In five or ten years there will be a way to make money and keep every single line of code open.

July 26, 2006 by Dan Farber


AlwaysOn: YouTube wants to stay independent

During a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit 2006, YouTube co-founder and CEO Chad Hurley was asked by moderator Kara Swisher about disparaging comments Bill Gates made about his service at the D conference. "Speaking about competition and Gates, [he is] commenting about our business at same time Microsoft is trying to build a clone of our service," Hurley said.

July 26, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Stalin on privacy

The Wireless Camera Hunter is a handheld, video Walkman-size device that automatically detects and shows (it's got a 2.5-inch screen) video transmissions in the 900MHz to 2.

July 26, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


AlwaysOn: Lessons from Stanford President John Hennessy

Following Tony Perkins' introductory comments at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, Tom Byers, a VC and Stanford professor, and John Hennessy, the president of Stanford since 2000, welcomed the crowd to the campus and talked about intersection of innovation and universities. Hennessy reminisced about first visiting Yahoo founders on the campus and seeing pizza Web sites come up in a search, and how he immediately knew that the Web would be big.

July 25, 2006 by Dan Farber