Late last week I caught part of SDForum's SDForum's first "Corporate Innovation and Research Fair." Here is an edited video of the lunchtime panel:From left to right:Roger Meike, Sun MicrosystemsHarold Yu, OrrickDavid SMith, TynaxDeborah Magid, IBMRoy Levin, MicrosoftDr.
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.
The New York Times recently wrote an article headlined: "Is Google a media company?"The article was mostly about Knol, Google's Wikipedia-like service, but it wondered if this meant Google was a media company because it owns content sites such as Knol, Blogger, and Youtube.
My video of Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Stanford University talking about an "iPatriot Act" has received a lot of views thanks to a post on the top blog site Boing Boing. Lawrence Lessig on the coming "i-Patriot Act" - Boing BoingI've taken out an extract of the relevant part of the video, here is a 3 minute section: http://video.
I've been thinking about the acquisition of a Silicon Valley startup, Ribbit, by BT, the giant British telecoms firm.Ribbit started out in classic form as the vendor of disruptive telecom technologies.
At the recent Fortune Brainstorm conference I spoke with Michael Capellas, CEO of First Data, which processes about one-half of all US credit card transactions.He said that the company collects massive amounts of financial data and that this part of the business is just ten percent of revenues--he wants it to be one half of total revenues within the next two years.
The best panel I saw at the recent Fortune Brainstorm conference was "2018: Life on the net." The moderator was Quincy Smith, CEO of CBS Interactive.
I've become a big fan of Joichi Ito CEO Creative Commons, Chairman of Six Apart after seeing him speak on a panel at the recent Fortune Brainstorm conference. In a room full of many smart people, Mr Ito is one of the smartest.
The other day I reported that Brad Smith, the CEO of Intuit, had asked his managers to see which jobs could be cut because there were volunteers among Intuit's 50m users that were doing a better job -- and for free. These seem to be the emerging business benefits from social media - user generated unemployment.
I spoke with Vint Cerf at the Fortune Brainstorm conference in Half Moon Bay. I asked him about net neutrality and the problems created by Telcos in trying to own the gateways to the Internet.
[Updated with video.]I'm spending a few days at Fortune Magazine's invite-only Brainstorm conference.