Location service Foursquare is showing off its new coat of paint. The company today unveiled a website redesign with a whole new experience for people sitting at their desks. What started as a check-in game all of a sudden seems a lot more like a formidable business in the making.
If you’re an expert on any subject, you can become famous and get paid for it. Even if you’re just writing posts on the internet. That’s the message delivered today by Joanne Bradford, chief revenue officer at web media giant Demand Media.
Is there something wrong with search? There are many answers to that question, and rapper M.C. Hammer took the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit with his own, WiredDoo, a deep search solution. With the tagline, “Search once, see what’s related,” Hammer said that with any product there is always room for improvement, so there’s nothing wrong with today’s search.
Internet radio service Pandora is getting so big across the globe that it can now challenge broadcast radio stations in a number of local markets, said Tim Westergren, chief executive of Pandora.
Ben Horowitz, a co-founder of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, says he and his famous partner Marc Andreessen hope to carve out a different path in creating a new kind of venture capital firm.
“I’m the guy you don’t want to meet and frankly I don’t want to meet you either.” That’s how the Federal Trade Commission‘s David Vladeck opened his talk at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco today.
Michael Dell, founder and chief executive of Dell, said that the recent uncertainty at Hewlett-Packard has been good for Dell in landing new customers. HP is the world’s No. 1 PC maker, but its place in the market became uncertain when the previous CEO, Leo Apotheker, announced he would study whether to spin off the PC division. Since enterprise customers hate uncertainty, Dell said his list of new customers has been growing.
Editor's Pick Sean Parker began his tour in the Internet spotlight by blowing up the music industry, and it apparently became sort of a hobby for the serial entrepreneur.
Genevieve Bell leads a group of anthropologists at Intel who have become famous for their insights into how people use technology. At the Web 2.0 Summit yesterday, she gave one of the most interesting and amusing talks about what would happen if “data were a person.”
Intel executive Kirk Skaugen said today that his company expects 15 billion devices will be connected to the internet in the coming years. Speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Skaugen said that the growth of data on the internet is racing ahead and data center computing is being pulled along with it.
John Donahoe, eBay chief executive, thinks the line between offline and online shopping is blurring, and his company plans to serve consumers as they move back and forth between them.
The Web 2.0 Summit drew the who’s who of the digerati to San Francisco this week. Chief among them were conference organizers Tim O’Reilly (left) and John Battelle (right). O’Reilly opened the conference talking about the theme of “points of control,” or key pieces of technology that companies can use to dominate their markets. O’Reilly started out with a plea that companies not engage in destructive competition. Rather, he suggested they find the Blue Ocean of untapped markets and new users. The photo gallery below shows many of the speakers and a brief summary of what they talked about. Enjoy. And for a fun comparison, check out last year’s photo gallery.
Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter, is finally getting comfortable talking about the micro-blogging company’s business models.
The reasons behind co-founder Ev Williams’ decision to step down from the chief executive role at Twitter have been subject to much discussion, including a longish profile in The New York Times. And the subject came up again today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, where Williams was the closing speaker.
In the past few months, Twitter appears to have finally found a business model, and that model is advertising — chief executive Dick Costolo said in September that the company had “cracked the code” on ads. But Twitter co-founder Ev Williams said today that the company isn’t settling on ads.
Flash back to just about two months ago. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, walked on stage on the first evening of Oracle OpenWorld 2010 and unveiled the Exadata server. It was about three times the size of his speaking podium.
LinkedIn chief executive Jeff Weiner said today that two words — keg stands — will protect his company’s professional social network from any possible encroachment by übernetwork Facebook.
Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, today defended the government’s delays in implementing a net neutrality policy. He also offered mixes comments regarding a recent Google-Verizon proposal.
Believe it or not, the making of a video for the song This Too Shall Pass by the band OK Go has lessons for would-be innovators. The creator of the video, Adam Sadowsky, said the process of creating the complex machine for the video was a lot like what entrepreneurs go through when developing a new product or service.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he fully appreciates the value of games to the growth of Facebook.
John Doerr, the legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist, gave high praise to Zynga, the leading social game company, saying it was one of the best investments his firm had ever made.
The most reliable question that pops up at Yahoo events is, “What is Yahoo?” The Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco today was no exception, where interviewer John Battelle posed that question to Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz.
Tech executives seem eager to pile on the criticism of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, elaborated on his past statements denouncing Apple’s approach.
Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker just gave her annual presentation to the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. She listed 10 questions that she said any internet executive needs to answer.
Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen (pictured with chief technology officer Kevin Lynch) today denied reports that he has been negotiating with Microsoft about a possible acquisition.
Robin Li, the chief executive of Chinese search engine Baidu, made a rare US appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit today, where he answered questions about his success — and about why competitor Google failed to make any real headway in China.
[Update: The crowd has voted: Cleverset wins best in show. G.ho.st wins most creative idea. Spiceworks mostly likely to exit first.]