Steve Gillmor

Steve Gillmor

Steve Gillmor is a technology commentator, editor, and producer in the enterprise technology space. He is Head of Technical Media Strategy at salesforce.com and a TechCrunch contributing editor.

Gillmor previously worked with leading musical artists including Paul Butterfield, David Sanborn, and members of The Band after an early career as a record producer and filmmaker with Columbia Records' Firesign Theatre. As personal computers emerged in video and music production tools, Gillmor started contributing to various publications, most notably Byte Magazine, where he was a lead reviewer of development and collaborative platform systems including Visual Basic, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office, and Windows NT. Subsequently, Gillmor served as a contributing editor at InformationWeek Labs, before joining Fawcette Technical Publications first as Senior Editor and later as Editor in Chief of Enterprise Development Magazine, and then Editor in Chief and Editorial Director of XML and Java Pro Magazines.

Gillmor joined InfoWorld Magazine as Test Center Director and back-page columnist. He also served as Editor of eWEEK.com's Messaging & Collaboration Center and OpEd columnist of eWeek's print publication. As blogging emerged, he wrote the first blogs for Ziff Davis Media, CMP's CRN, and CNet's ZDNet, where he remains a contributing editor. A podcasting pioneer, he developed and hosted the seminal Gillmor Gang podcast with industry notables including Jon Udell, Dan Farber, Mike Arrington, Jason Calacanis, Michael Vizard, Doc Searls and others as regulars. Gillmor has also championed development of industry standards, most notably his role as co-creator of the attention.xml specification and co-founder of the Attention Trust, a non-profit organization to protect user data rights.

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  • Micromessaging at the crossroads

    BearHug Camp proved successful at bringing together a wide swath of what is known as the open micro blogging community. With companies including Twitter, Laconica/Identi.ca, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, bit.ly, and Seesmic/Twhirl, some 1700 of those who couldn’t make it in person followed over Leo Laporte’s TWiT-TV Live streamcast. While most media folks took their leads from… Read More

  • BearHug Camp is here

    Friday, September 12 at 9 am, BearHug Camp begins. The brainchild of Dave Winer, BearHug is based on a tactic Winer used to great effect in bootstrapping coincident work by Netscape and Winer into what we now know as RSS. Recently, we’ve seen the emergence of similar strategies in the so-called micro-blogging segment that has grown around Twitter. Enterprise micro-blogging service… Read More

  • Sun's Rich Green on Virtualization

    Sun’s executive vice president of Software Rich Green announced Sun’s xVM Server software and xVM Ops Center 2.0 in a broadcast from Sun’s campus TV studio. Green also announced a suite of comprehensive services and support, and launched xVMserver.org, an open source community where the the new offerings as well as xVM VirtualBox software are freely downloadable. The Sun… Read More

  • Lipstick and boxer shorts

    For the last few weeks, MSNBC’s election coverage has become so viscerally partisan that you could sense that the coverage was coming close to threatening the fundamental journalistic tenets of broadcast journalism. Namely, that keeping your nose clean with the FCC was paramount. With the advent of 24 hour news operations and campaign rapid response squads, the business of… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang talks Google Chrome

    The Gillmor Gang talked with Google Chrome’s Group Product Manager Brian Rakowski and Tech Lead Ben Goodger. The conversation focused mostly on the open source fundamentals of the new browser project. Rakowski and Goodger have both been with the project since its inception two years ago, and seemed focused more on the deeper goals of improving and extending the security, robustness… Read More

  • The Long Tale

    The least surprising thing about Google’s Chrome browser announcement was the reaction from most of the media that this was an attack on Microsoft. Google founders Sergey and Larry were both present at the press event, with Page apparently the more engaged on a regular basis with the project for the last two years. But Brin took most of the strategic questions and painted a different… Read More

  • Why Twitter is winning

    Twitter is winning and most of its competitors remain in denial. In spite of almost 5 months of unavailability of its most viral service, Twitter remains the platform of choice for most users. FriendFeed remains a hybrid of conversations and semi-realtime aggregator, capturing most of the energy of Google Reader as a citation engine but stubbornly refusing to allow its metadata to flow back… Read More

  • Goodbye, BitTorrent. Hello, Streaming.

    Comcast’s decision to cap monthy broadband usage at 250GB is being decried as the end of the Internet as we know it. Maybe so, but it can also be seen as the dawn of the Streaming Era. As the Olympics drew to a close with big numbers – 75.5 million streams (NBCOlympics.com), 40 million (BBC), another 130 million from the European Broadcasting Union, and 100 million Chinese… Read More

  • The Golden Age of Streaming

    Comcast’s decision to cap monthy broadband usage at 250GB is being decried as the end of the Internet as we know it. Maybe so, but it can also be seen as the dawn of the Streaming Era. As the Olympics drew to a close with big numbers – 75.5 million streams (NBCOlympics.com), 40 million (BBC), another 130 million from the European Broadcasting Union, and 100 million Chinese… Read More

  • Facebook and Dell meet in the clouds

    Dell tossed its hat into the cloud computing ring last night, or more precisely declared its having done so about 2 years ago with a group providing optimized storage, server, and data center solutions for its top 50 customers. At a press briefing high above San Francisco on the 52nd floor, Dell officials suggested they are moving to the cloud and places in the technology stack where customers… Read More

  • Free Internet Radio?

    Last week on The Gillmor Gang and this weekend on TWiT, the subject of the sorry state of the music business came up and in particular the notion of “Free Internet Radio.” Part of the discussion was triggered by a threat (plea?) by the founder of the Pandora music service to shut down. Pandora employs an ingenuous strategy based on something called the Music Genome Project… Read More

  • The Role Of Social Media In Covering The Political Campaigns

    With just the weekend between now and the start of the major party conventions, the amazing thing about the New Media is just how little it has impacted so far on the story. No major leaks about the vice presidential nominations, no blogger unmaskings of damaging revelations about the candidates at the top of the ticket, no shaky video of loose talk or surrogates jockeying for position. Is… Read More

  • The Invisible Social Revolution

    With just the weekend between now and the start of the major party conventions, the amazing thing about the New Media is just how little it has impacted so far on the story. No major leaks about the vice presidential nominations, no blogger unmaskings of damaging revelations about the candidates at the top of the ticket, no shaky video of loose talk or surrogates jockeying for position. Is… Read More

  • You can't get there from here

    Today was the day that Leo Laporte jumped into the Tw*tter odyssey with both feet. He interviewed Identi.ca developer Evan Prodromou on one of his myriad non-stop podcasts that are also streamed live on his TwitTV channel. As have many of us, Leo has grown frustrated with Twitter’s troubles and seems to have stopped taking seriously the idea, as he put it with more than a touch of… Read More

  • In the Clouds

    Silverlight seems to be doing pretty well according to most accounts in its Olympics launch, suffering digs only at the hands of John Dowdell of Adobe and those unhappy with the lack of full screen display (a function not of a limitation of Silverlight technology but NBC wanting to sell the HD version of the events and avoid pissing off the cable and satellite companies.) The numbers were big… Read More

  • The Bearhug

    Dave Winer used the bearhug to wrap his arms around Netscape’s version of RSS and not let go until a merged RSS was born. With Twitter’s announcement of “a minor change to the API that should have a major impact on the Twitter community” the time may be here to bearhug Twitter and unify the microblogging architecture. The tweak “allows API clients to specify… Read More

  • Another Brick in the Wall

    The battle for Tw*tter took another interesting turn as Identi.ca developer Brad Williams rolled out a bridge between Identi.ca and Twitter. Register for the beta service and all subsequent posts on Identi.ca will be reposted on Twitter, prepended with a user configurable flag that defaults to Identi.ca. I’ve been self-exiled from posting on Twitter for a month now, but the new service… Read More

  • The Zero Sum Games

    Dare Obasanjo does a good job of gathering together the sad sack stories of a number of startup acquisitions. The rule of thumb he suggests is that rewriting in the acquirer’s technology base destroys the confidence of the startup’s developers, who trigger a cascading loss of faith by users as the founders abandon the company. He cites Fred Wilson’s frank assessment of his… Read More

  • MeshMail

    Just because IT hasn’t gotten the memo, doesn’t mean they should kid themselves into thinking cloud computing hasn’t arrived. Two simultaneous events – the launch of substantive online coverage of the Olympics and the massive Gmail outage – signal the coming of age of on-demand. First the one that’s working, making money, and replacing a prior generation… Read More

  • The Attention Race

    It’s slowly dawning on me that Twitter-like functionality has replaced email as a primary input source. The first decision every day is which stream to dive into – email, or Twitter, Identi.ca, FriendFeed (Tw*tter). Email is a roll up of several other inputs, including Facebook email, Twitter direct messages, and follows from all these services plus LinkedIn and XMPP streams… Read More