Friday, May 30, 2008
A two day developer gathering in San Francisco
May 28-29 2008
Allen Hurff, MySpace
Nat Brown, iLike
Google is firing on all fronts. Good for the web. They do need to help in improving browser platform. Without a light weight, reliable and fast browser there is no worldwide web for common folks like us.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
These type of tools are very helpful for reasearch.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Google Sites makes it easy for anyone to create and manage simple, secure group websites. You can create and publish new pages with the click of a button, edit web pages like documents, and move content and pages around as you please. Information is stored securely online, and you decide who can edit or view the site. Google Sites is powerful enough for a company intranet, yet simple enough for a family website.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Information like this makes good news. It provides chills/frills/thrill and hope to unwashed non performing masses. But, reality and facts tell a different story. Most of the entreprenuers are older college graduates.
Here is a post that provides a reference to a detailed study about the background of technology entreprenuers.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
"How Amazon Could Change Publishing
BURLINGAME , CALIF. -
Technology has disrupted every industry. Now, it's book publishing's turn.
Archaic beyond belief, it's an industry that treats its most important asset--the author--badly. Can this go on?
The book market in the United States is worth about $32 billion a year; the rest of the world, an additional $36 billion. Who makes the money? Not the author.
Retailers take almost 50%. The agent takes 15% to 20%. The publisher gets squeezed--it's cause for huge celebration if they make 20%.
"On a book that costs $24.95, the author gets at most $1 to $1.50," says Eileen Gittins, chief executive of Blurb, an online print-on-demand publisher of photography books."
She brings to light a very important issue and a market that is ready for digital onslaught. However, she missed some other notable attempts to deal with the cost of books more specifically the text books.
Here is a website that is trying to get professors on board to deal with this issue
Make Text book affordable
Tired of outrageous textbook prices? Can't sell back any of your books? Can't find any used books? Sick of all the extra CD-ROMs and workbooks that you don't ever use? We're fighting back against textbook ripoffs and we're making progress. Join our national campaign and fight for affordable textbooks!
1,000 Professors Sign Statement for Affordable Textbooks
Also, Click here for the Open Textbooks Faculty Statement of Intent
Some notable open free resources are listed here
Additional resources are listed in this facebook group titled "Open Free Educational Resources"
Friday, May 16, 2008
I find his slide 39 where he describes the cycle of control and chaos to solve a complex problem very informative. It defies both the top down autocratic approach to problem solving and the free for all lets have an emergent system or the crowd that preaches that order emerges from total chaos.
It is true that the order does emerge from chaos but the where does it say that the emergent order will be favorable to us. It may turn out to be a total nightmare.
Considering this his approach of problem solving while dealing with complex system seems to be the most sensible one.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The Authors@Google program was pleased to welcome Richard Florida to discuss his new book "Who's Your City?: How the Creative Economy is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life"
Richard Florida is a Professor of Business and Creativity at the University of Toronto. His previous work includes two national bestsellers, "The Rise of the Creative Class" and "The Flight of the Creative Class".
You can find more info on Richard and his work here:
This event took place on March 20, 2008 at the Google NYC office.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The newsletter describes how IBM has embraced Social media at the corporate level and using tools like blogs, wikis and podcasting.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Here is Loic from Seesmic TV explaining his use of these tools using Seesmic Video.
People can even join in on the conversation here with him.
He also has a blog post to explain his use of these tools to more intellectually oriented users here.
Moral of the story is that Internet Communication tools are disruptive to the mass communication media. Once people start spending time with these tools as creator of their own media for their own consumption i.e. pro-sumer we will see massive shifts in ways how the media is created and used.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
We didn't elect them. We can't throw them out. And they're getting more powerful every day.
At the same time, political and military elites are fading in relative influence -- the former bound by geography, the latter by the extraordinarily high cost of modern warfare. The regional composition of the group is changing as well, as transatlantic elites who today make up about 60 percent of the class gradually give way to a rising cadre of Asian leaders, such as the 100 Chinese billionaires estimated to have emerged in the last couple of years.
The Complete article at Washingtonpost. To access the article free registration required.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Mobile 2.0 @ Plugg
From: rudydw, 1 month ago
Mobile 2.0 presentation at Plugg Conference in Brussels on March 19, 2008 - http://plugg.eu/
Mobile 2.0 - what is it and why should you care? by Rudy De Waele (http://m-trends.org)
A deep dive into the future of mobile with one of the world's most renowned mobile strategists, featuring a look at historical and upcoming trends, insights on potential revenue models and the industry's leading protagonists.
Friday, May 2, 2008
"The popular image of American tech entrepreneurs is that they come from elite universities: Some graduate and start companies in their garages; others drop out of college to start their business careers. The dot-com boom reinforced the image of technology CEOs being young and brash. But, even though Bill Gates and Steve Jobs founded two of the world‘s most successful companies, they are not representative of technology and engineering company founders. Indeed, a larger proportion of tech founders are middle-aged, well-educated in business or technical disciplines, with degrees from a wide assortment of schools. Twice as many U.S.-born tech entrepreneurs start ventures in their fifties as do those in their early twenties, as this paper will show.
We surveyed 652 U.S.-born chief executive officers and heads of product development in 502 engineering and technology companies established from 1995 through 2005. These companies, identified from an existing dataset of corporate records in Dun & Bradstreet‘s Million Dollar Database, have more than $1 million in sales, twenty or more employees, and company branches with fifty or more employees.
We observed that, like immigrant tech founders, U.S.-born engineering and technology company founders tend to be well-educated. There are, however, significant differences in the types of degrees these entrepreneurs obtain and the time they take to start a company after they graduate. They also tend to be more mobile and are much older than is commonly believed."
The complete report can be downloaded from here.