There was quite a bit of excitement Thursday evening prior to Steve Ballmer's appearance at the Churchill Club Annual Dinner in the heart of Silicon Valley and just a stone's throw from Yahoo! There was who's who crowd gathered at the event.
Tom Foremski: IMHO
Former Financial Times reporter Tom Foremski writes about Silicon Valley business trends and the intersection of technology and media.
Tom Foremski reports on the business and culture of Silicon Valley at the intersection of technology and media.
In 1851 Indianna journalist John Soule advised: "Go West Young Man."With the financial crisis causing turmoil in the financial services sector there are tens of thousands of IT jobs being lost on the East coast and elsewhere in the US.
The underlying business strategy for a lot of Silicon Valley/Web 2.0 companies, whether some realize it or not, is to become the "wrapper" for everything else.
Usually Silicon Valley floats along inside its own world. You can call it a cocoon or a bubble but its economy is usually separated from the wider world.
My GMail has been acting up all day today, which is a pain. But, I guess I shouldn't complain because it is still in "beta.
There are many startups that hope to support themselves and their services through online advertising, through clicks and pageviews, in the same way as media companies.About three years ago, when Jeff Nolan was working as a venture capitalist at the enterprise software giant SAP, he told me that SAP's research showed that online advertising could not support software development costs.
I recently spoke with Judy Estrin, one of Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurs, about her new book "Closing the Innovation Gap."But what about closing the gender gap?
I recently met with Judy Estrin, a former CTO at Cisco, and one of Silicon Valley's top serial entrepreneurs. Since the dotcom bubble burst she has been concerned that Silicon Valley has not been investing enough in startups pioneering innovative technologies.
Google's launch of its browser Chrome seems to be less to do with running web applications quickly, than it is about its rapidly growing traffic acquisition costs.Google pays a lot of money to third parties for traffic directed to its search sites.
I enjoy being a journalist and reporting on the business and culture of Silicon Valley. Most of my reporting is done the traditional way, with a notepad and pencil.