The rise of the unconference

Which tech conference would you rather go to – one where the vendor maintains rigid control over the agenda and speakers (with no input from you) and you shut up and listen while they do all the talking, or one where attendees shape the agenda, you take an active role as a participant, and the conversation changes depending on the dynamic of the group?

Entrepreneurs: What the JOBS Act means for you right now

By now, you’ve probably heard that the JOBS Act passed. The “Jumpstart Our Business Startups,” or JOBS Act, will allow entrepreneurs to crowdfund online to fund small businesses and startups. Plus, entrepreneurs can raise funds from non-accredited investors. The catch: The regulations aren’t in place until the SEC review period is up in January 2013.

AT&T’s Q1 profits actually rose because it sold fewer iPhones

AT&T made a huge recovery in the first quarter from its last earnings report, where it reported a $6.7 billion net loss (mainly due to fees associated with the T-Mobile merger breakup). The company today reported revenues of $31.8 million, up 1.8 percent from last year, with profit of $3.58 billion, thanks mostly to a 41.6 percent increase in wireless margins.

With 5M corporate users, Yammer adds more third-party integration, Universal Search, & more

Business-focused social network Yammer is making good on its promise to all aspects of work software more social. Today the startup announced a slew of new features, including a new Universal Search tool, Premium Yammer Groups, more advanced content sharing options, and lots of new integration with third-party enterprise software platforms.

My wasted day on Capitol Hill

With the economy still in the doldrums, our political leaders are desperate to find ways to boost economic growth. Innovation and entrepreneurship are among the most obvious pathways to a solution. Both were the subject of a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship chaired by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Wednesday. I was asked to participate in the discussion with other academics, government officials and entrepreneurs.

With Ivy Bridge, Intel poses a new threat to Nvidia and other graphics chip makers

Intel’s just-unveiled Ivy Bridge processor family promises faster processing power and better graphics, thanks to a massively-enhanced integrated graphics system. The news has prompted some analysts to say that Ivy Bridge could mean doom for manufacturers of dedicated graphics cards, such as Nvidia and AMD, because Ivy Bridge is just that good.