The folks at Guidewire Group (Mike Sigal and Chris Shipley) are putting on a workshop next week for National Science Foundation (NSF) funded scientists that aspire to be entrepreneurs. They're looking to collect 'opportunity hacks' from more experienced startup folks - e.g., how do you identify which opportunity is worth chasing?
At last year's Etech, I was punch-drunk after swimming in Bruce Sterling's river of rant language. I missed Sterling's rant at SXSW Interactive today, but it's available here courtesy of Valleywag's Nick Douglas. (Naturally, this comes with a good dash of Douglas' salt.)
Why won't the current boom have as big a bust as the dot.com bubble? Sifting through this wide-ranging conversation at SXSW Interactive results in 5 key reasons that 'Bust 2.0' should be less painful to the market:
Icon journalist Dan Rather was welcomed by a standing ovation at today's SXSW Interactive. (Flickr photo originally uploaded by beeez.) Once folks settled down, blogger Jane Hamsher posed some key framing questions. Rather used the opportunity to share his concerns about the recent demise of investigative journalism. Given
his colorful storytelling, I've decided to 'paraquote' (some paraphrasing, some quoting) here rather than boiling things down:
For the sake of argument, let's assume that you are able to create
content that people want to consume. How do you monetize it? The adult
content industry continues to lead the way in monetizing content,
adopting new technologies, and testing distribution models. At SXSW Interactive, porn publishers gathered to share best business practices with the next generation of mainstream media.
(Disclosure note: Panelist links undoubtedly go directly to adult
content - but I'm not sure, since I was too chicken to click through
Kathy Sierra took her theme of passionate users to the next level at SXSW Interactive. Specifically, Sierra posed this question: Why do people go in person to a presentation that's being blogged live, twittered, and videotaped? Why are we all here?
Videos, film, animations, and mashups have emerged as effective vehicles for mobilizing individuals around social change. Participant Productions, Jeff Skoll's production company, has had a significant impact in this area by funding projects such as Syriana or An Inconvenient Truth in conjunction with social activism programs. To showcase this technique being used at a smaller scale, N-TEN and See3 are sponsoring the first-ever NTC Video Competition