Halley Suitt is the author of the blog Halley's
Comment. Halley Suitt spent 2006 as the CEO of Top Ten Sources,
a start-up based in Harvard Square. She's currently
starting another Web 2.0 company. She has worked as a technical writer and translator as well
as a salesperson of software, online services and other killer and not-so-killer
apps for more than 15 years. Halley has been involved in event planning
and sales for technology conferences sponsored by Harvard Business School
Publishing, TTI Vanguard and Tom Peters Company. Her own consulting work
has included projects with Bob Metcalfe, David Weinberger, British Telecom
and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. In 2003, she published a case study on employee
bloggers in Harvard Business Review and fictional short story in Penthouse
Magazine. Halley has appeared on Oprah.
Now ten years old, and with 975,000 independent vendors, Amazon.com is one of the classic long-tail online companies. Its new CTO, Werner Vogels, talks openly with Halley Suitt about the company, their policies for making data available to others (while protecting customers' privacy, and the state of search engines. Werner says that search is still in its infancy, but it's like dancing bears: the novelty alone makes it look pretty good.
Internally, Amazon.com is "organized chaos," deploying small teams to implement new systems. Externally, they've learned valuable lessons from the knowledge of their customers'reviews to build out a large-scale network
of shared intelligence. [Memory Lane with Halley Suitt audio from IT Conversations]
If you have a blog, you must surely be aware of Blogger.com. But how did it all start? Did it actually 'invent' blogging? When did it rise? When did it fall? Where is it at the moment? Well, surely there's no better person to answer these questions other than the co-founder of Blogger itself, titled "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future" by MIT's Technology Review magazine, Meg Hourihan, in this Memory Lane with Halley Suitt. [Memory Lane audio from IT Conversations]
Halley interviews Dan Gillmor, the nationally known columnist for The San Jose Mercury News
and expert blogger, who recently left the paper to pursue a new venture in citizen journalism. Dan is the author of the book We The Media: Grassroots Journalism By The People, For The People
which was published in 2004 by O'Reilly. His blog about the book is here
His new venture, Grassroots Media Inc, has everyone talking and visiting his new blog
, where he's got a great discussion going on about blogging and journalism. (Audio from IT Conversations)
(Audio from IT Conversations) Memory Lane hosts John Patrick, the President of Attitude LLC, as well as the former VP of Internet Technology at IBM where he worked for 35 years. Halley and John talk about innovation in all its forms, as well as a wide range of subjects from Heathkits to iPods.
Memory Lane with Halley Suitt: Halley interviews Francois Schiettecatte, the CTO of Feedster, the RSS search database, on all things search. They discuss Google's ability to eclipse Yahoo's search market, search engines and apps which dominated the Net going back in time including AltaVista, Lycos, InfoSeek and Webcrawler among others. They talk about Feedster's partnership with The Washington Post and other unique features of Feedster.
Memory Lane with Halley Suitt: David Orfao, a managing director at General Catalyst Partners, joins Halley to discuss his current work as an investor in software solution and technology platform companies and his entrepreneurial beginnings in a number of start-ups, where his strengths in sales and operations gave him solid experience in building and leading successful companies. He shares with Halley his insight on the challenges entrepreneurs must learn to navigate in the current business environment, as well as where he sees opportunities for building businesses and the future of innovation.
Dr. Leonard Kleinrock joins Halley to discuss his work on packet switching, sending the very first message from the first node on the Internet (his lab at UCLA) to the second node (Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto), the building of the ARPANET, and many other memories of the beginning of the Internet, along with his vision of where we're headed in the future. [Memory Lane on IT Conversations]
Lucy Sanders, the CEO of the National Center for Women and Information Technology talks to Halley about her many years in telecommunications, and her work as a Bell Fellow at Bell Labs. They spend the first half hour discussing VOIP, and then talk about the unique role women innovators can play in technology, during the second part of the interview. [Memory Lane on IT Conversations]
Halley Suitt sits down with Bob Metcalfe to learn more about his early days at MIT, wiring up the ARPAnet when it was only 14 nodes old, Harvard, Xerox PARC, inventing Ethernet, founding 3Com, up to the present day and his work at Polaris Venture Partners as a VC.
Halley Suitt catches up with David Weinberger a week before the Republican National Convention to wander down Memory Lane recalling David's involvement in politics and blogging. They discuss his work on the Dean
campaign, blogs and politics, his experience at the DNC, his thoughts on Bush, Kerry, and a broad range of subjects including how politicians seem to be completely clueless at times as they attempt to market their leaders like products. Weinberger, currently a Harvard Law School Berkman Fellow, is the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined and co-author of The