Archive for the ‘Next Web 09’ Category

Sacca, Twitter and why should we care?

Monday, May 11th, 2009

 

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Chris Sacca – Picture courtesy of Anne Helmond

  Last month, at The Next Web 2009, Chris Sacca – investor in Twitter, was interviewed on stage and also chaired a panel about the Twitter ecosystem. The following post is a combination of his comments.

Before being a major investor in Twitter, Sacca worked  for Google, where he ran the the alternative access division, whose ambitious aim was to get everybody connected to the internet. They mostly focused on user experience and solving user problems.

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The Next Web startups

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

 

 

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Aside from speakers, The Next Web also showcased 19 startups  from an initial list of 200 (though only 18 showed up due to a patent issue). Sun Microsystems sponsored the competition with the eventual winner being presented with a cheque from Netlog.

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Tipping point – beyond 2.0

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

 

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Jeff Jarvis (left) and Andrew Keen courtesy of Ann Helmond

   Jeff Jarvis (author of What Would Google Do?)  and Andrew Keen (author of The Cult of the Amateur) painted opposing views of the techno-cultural landscape.

Keen actually regarded Jarvis as a ‘cheerleader’ for Google although Jarvis himself said he used the company as an example for changes in the real world.

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Impact of Web 2.0 on Search

Friday, April 17th, 2009

 

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Ricardo Baeza-Yates gave us Yahoo’s view that they do not believe in black boxes as a way to solve the complexities of search but that its more about what can be learnt from users.

 

Of course nothing new here   but he gave a holistic view about how Yahoo is addressing the different areas of the conundrum.

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Next Web 09

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

 

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Something of a departure for me is to attend Next Web 2009, in Amsterdam. Its different as it is not explicitly about the world of user experience, but more about technology and its application on the internet.

 

Hello Group have sent me here to gauge just what is coming up in the world of the web in these really testing times. It will be good to see the new startups touting their wares and to hear from notable technorati and their different points of view.