Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Joel and Jeff discuss the fine art of listening, source control, the risks of being an internal IT developer, and the state of current mobile platforms. Oh, and how to clean the toilet.
During past few years we have witnessed a drastic reduction in competition for network services in the US. David Isenberg, author of the essay "The Rise of the Stupid Network", a paper that shook the telecom world in 1997 and continues to have an impact today, puts the blame squarely on decisions made in Washington DC. This short but pointed talk discusses how this trend is likely to stifle future innovation if it isn't stopped, and what can be done about it.
In the first episode hosted by the IT Conversations, Joel and Jeff discuss Joel's keynote address at the recent Rails conference, the attitudes of some of those who don't use Macs, and Clay Shirky's recent book, "Here Comes Everybody".
Panel - Connected Innovators Showcase
The Connected Innovators program showcases emerging technologies and new business ideas likely to make an impact on the networked future. After a competitive application process, Supernova's Kevin Werbach and TechCrunch's Michael Arrington invite a dozen top company leaders on stage to present their best, quick pitch. Then, a panel of start-up experts analyzes the offerings, judging their potential in the marketplace, and their meaning for the tech industry.
John Buckman founded Lyris, an email list management company, and more recently Magnatune, an online music service that uses Creative Commons licenses and pays artists 50% of its revenue. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell asks Buckman about the common thread to his passion: the world-changing possibilities of online communication.
The explosion of free user generated content on the internet is both a threat and an opportunity to the traditional publishing industry. Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, tells how his new company Wikia will "fill in the rest of the library" around the Wikipedia. Wikia is a collection of books, guides, and references much more thorough and exhaustive than the articles on Wikipedia and is creating new kind of content that has never been feasible before.
Shan Carter and Gabriel Dance create interactive graphics and multimedia for the New York Times. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell asks them to explain how some of their favorite projects were done, and discuss how these online tools enhance and contextualize the stories told by Times reporters.
An esteemed and historic group of Internet professionals debates a compelling question: "Does the Net Need an Upgrade?" For some the answer seems elusive. What does it mean to upgrade something when it is in a constant state of change? For others, there are clear signals that strike at the root of the question and potentially deflowers it as worthy of debate. During the session the experts share their thoughts and examine pressing issues for everyone using the Internet.
In his recent presentation at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Adam Jacob talked about why a start-up needs an automated infrastructure. He covered the components necessary for any automated infrastructure to be successful and also presented use-cases. Along with Jesse Robbins, Adam joins Phil and Scott to talk about the automated infrastructure process.