Rob Greenlee, host of Web Talk, speaks with Adam Curry, Internet
entrepreneur, media personality and key player in the development and promotion
of podcasting. Curry is
the host and creator of the popular "Daily Source
Code" podcast and recently founded BoKu Communications, the company behind
PodShow.com, which is aligning with a
select list of podcasters and podcast directories to commercialize podcasting.
Curry discusses in detail his past work at MTV, radio and the Internet. He is
also a former MTV VJ and hosts a new show on Sirius satellite radio called "Podshow".
Curry discusses the rebranding of iPodder.org to IndiePodder.org, his new PodSafe Music Network website and the goals and mission of PodShow.com.
Adam also talks extensively about podcasting support in iTunes, music rights, RSS tag standards, distribution bandwidth, peer-to-peer, OPML directories, digital rights management, monetization, content creation to podcast aggregation and player development at companies like Apple, Microsoft and Real Networks.
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Adam Curry is best known for his stint from 1987 to 1994 as a VJ on the
premier music video channel MTV. Since the
mid-1990s, he has been active on the Internet, particularly the World Wide Web,
since becoming one of the first celebrities to personally create and administer
a Web site.
There he got his first break in broadcasting as the host of the daily pop music television program CountDown. He also hosted several other radio and television programs for the Netherlands broadcast station Veronica.
In 1987, Curry became a VJ for MTV. Besides making spot appearances between music videos, he was also host of the program Top 20 Countdown. While working for MTV, he also did radio work, including drive-time host for the New York City radio station WHTZ and host of the national program HitLine USA.
In the early 1990's, as the World Wide Web was just beginning to gain mainstream attention, Curry began experimenting on the Net. He registered the then-unclaimed domain name "mtv.com" with the idea of being MTV's unofficial new voice on the Web. Although sanctioned by MTV Networks, when Adam left to start his company OnRamp, MTV sued him for the domain name, which led to an out-of-court settlement.
Curry left MTV in 1994 and founded OnRamp, Inc., a Web design and hosting company. He eventually grew the company to 40 employees and sold it to THINK New Ideas, Inc., another company that he co-founded. He became Chief Technology Officer of THINK. In 1996, as the Internet was undergoing its legendary "bubble," the company made an initial public offering on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol THNK. It subsequently grew to employ over 400 people and have offices in seven countries, and was absorbed into Answerthink, Inc. in a later merger.
Adam is a key player in the development and promotion of Podcasting, and he produces and presents "The Daily Source Code", a daily Podcast (i.e. an audio blog post in MP3). He was also a key figure at BloggerCon 2004, held at Stanford Law School and presented a podcasting keynote at the 2005 Gnomedex event in Seattle.
As of June 2005, Adam Curry hosts a show on Sirius Satellite Radio, entitled "Adam Curry's PodShow," running from 6-10 p.m. EST on weekdays.
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