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. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Steve Gillmor

  • Facebook's Glass Jaw

    Facebook's Glass Jaw

    Facebook finally has a real problem to deal with – an exceptionally rational and well-thought-out strategy by Google that puts the leading social media cloud in the path of a wave of angry users. The only thing Facebook has going for it is that said users don’t yet know they’re angry. With its denial of service attack on Google’s Friend Connect, Facebook is serving… Read More

  • The Blood Brain Barrier

    Most of my time these days is spent crossing the blood-brain barrier between Twitter and the rest of the cloud. Twitter stands on one side, a coursing stream of social data emanating from an ad-hoc framework of asynchronous follows and vanity track filtering. On the other side, the legacy blogosphere, RSS items floated via Google Reader shared items and planted in the Twitter stream via… Read More

  • Trackonomics

    Trackonomics

       Standard Podcast [95:39m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Week Three of The Gillmor Gang on TechCrunch went as well as could be expected. After the reunion cattle call and last week’s Mesh interrogation of David Treadwell, the apparent news shifted back to the denouement of the Microsoft Yahoo acquisition,
    now amusingly being called a merger by the Wall Street Journal… Read More

  • Microsoft Says Yes With Mesh

    Back in the good old days, big software companies did big things. Little companies tiptoed around in the shadow of the platform makers, gaining enough speed to liftoff and attract enough attention to survive long enough to be acquired. Like the old movie studios of the 30’s and 40’s, the technology studios of the 80’s and 90’s built stars and played them off until… Read More

  • TechStars Summer Camp for Entrepreneurs: Winners Selected

    TechStars Summer Camp for Entrepreneurs: Winners Selected

    TechStars is doing something similar to what YCombinator has done – they’re funding 10 teams with up to $15,000 in seed capital and providing office space, operational support, and mentors from business leaders (and potential follow-on investors) in Boulder, CO. In exchange for the investment and everything else, the teams give up a meager 5% equity position in their companies. Read More

  • Web Services Coming To Twitter

    Web Services Coming To Twitter

    Earlier this year we talked about the usefulness of a simple command line to query multiple web services via a set syntax. Yubnub, one of the web services we discussed, does just that. Enter “Weather 90210″ into Yubnub and get the weather from Weather.com. Or query thousands of other services with that single command line. A subtle upcoming change to Twitter’s API will allow… Read More

  • Consumating Goes Open Source

    Consumating Goes Open Source

    I’m at SXSW and Ben Brown, co-founder of CNET-owned Consumating, just announced that they will be releasing “every single line of code” for Consumating within the next month. Consumating is a dating and social networking website for “geeks” that CNET acquired back in December 2005. Ben said that the community is the true value of Consumating and that the community… Read More

  • Amazon to the TV before Apple

    Amazon to the TV before Apple

    The Amazon/TiVo partnership announced last month has officially rolled out. Nearly 1.5mm TiVo subscribers can now buy or rent digital movies (and buy TV shows) from Amazon’s Unbox service and download / watch those movies on their TV via their TiVo. Nearly 600,000 of the 1.5mm compatible TiVo boxes are connected to broadband Internet connections. Amazon/TiVo are offering $15 in free… Read More

  • Yahoo Publisher Network's Trojan Horse

    Google has a hefty lead in getting small publishers to put Google-powered ads on their websites. There is no negotiated deal – advertisers agree to take whatever Google decides to give them. Revenue share terms are not disclosed to these small publishers. The publisher simply places a piece of JavaScript code in the code of their website, the ads appear, and a check comes in the mail. Read More

  • MyBlogLog Bans Blogger; Backlash Begins

    MyBlogLog Bans Blogger; Backlash Begins

    Update (Arrington): MyBlogLog has responded, apologized and reinstated Shoemoney. Caterina Fake of Yahoo (MyBlogLog’s parent company) has written her thoughts as well. It’s time to move on – and Shoemoney should accept this apology. Yahoo!’s recent addition MyBlogLog is making news again — and not for another security exploit (that was last weekend) or spammer gaming. Read More

  • XM and Sirius Finally Merging; Will it Matter for Long?

    XM and Sirius Finally Merging; Will it Matter for Long?

    XM and Sirius have confirmed their merger plans. The companies have a combined 14 million subscribers. The merger depends on shareholders’ consent, as well as approval by antitrust agencies and the FCC. I can’t imagine there’ll be a hold-up on this — despite the creation of a “monopoly” on satellite radio programming. As wifi starts to heat up (and… Read More

  • Amazon Funds Fantasy Movies League

    Amazon Funds Fantasy Movies League

    Atomic Moguls has reportedly raised nearly $1 million in first-round funding from VC firm Second Avenue Partners and Amazon.com. Atomic Moguls has launched FantasyMoguls.com, which is essentially a fantasy league for movies. You can draft movies and earn points based on how well they do at the box office, number of weeks in the top 5, per-theater average, and their IMDb review score (IMDb… Read More

  • The Web 2.0 We Weave

    http://web.splashcast.net/p/ Neat video by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University. The video presents a broad overview of the difference between 10+ years ago on the web and the social web of today (“Web 2.0″) — focusing on how HTML was used for defining structure and stylistic characteristics (“form”), whereas XML… Read More

  • Simple Web 2.0 Traffic Trends Tracker

    Simple Web 2.0 Traffic Trends Tracker

    The folks over at eSnips have created a simple website for tracking “Web 2.0″ traffic trends. The website uses Alexa data. I’d love to see someone create a similar website that ranks these Web 2.0 websites (or rather, these ones) by using various other measurements, such as # of backlinks in Technorati and # of mentions on blogs indexed by Technorati. Editor’s Note… Read More

  • Amazon Partners With Tivo; Steals Walmart's Thunder

    On the same day that Walmart launched a competing movie download service and then fell flat on their face over simple browser compatibility issues, Amazon announced an incredibly cool, long rumored new partnership with Tivo. After several months of rumors, Amazon and TiVo have partnered to make Amazon Unbox content available from user PCs to their broadband-connected TiVo units. The… Read More

  • Apple Openly Supports Death of DRM

    Apple Openly Supports Death of DRM

    Steve Jobs has stepped up to the plate and written an open letter to the music industry in the fight against DRM. We wrote our thoughts on the eventual demise of DRM just last month. Bill Gates gave his own thoughts on DRM back in December. Despite Apple’s near monopoly on legal digital music sales, he discusses how they got to where they are now with DRM and options moving forward. Read More

  • Amazon.com launches independent Endless.com

    In a quirky move, Amazon.com has launched their own independent shoe and handbag niche website, Endless.com. Shoes and handbags will still be available on Amazon. Endless really hides the fact that Amazon owns them — you have to dig into their ‘About Us‘ page, and even then you won’t see Amazon.com’s logo. Amazon.com offers an API that allows etailers/developers… Read More

  • Merry Microsoft Christmas, Oracle and IBM!

    Merry Microsoft Christmas, Oracle and IBM!

    Microsoft’s latest operating system, Vista, which went on sale to corporate customers November 30 — can not run the latest version of Microsoft’s corporate database product, MS SQL Server. Microsoft is working on a SQL Server upgrade (SQL Server 2005 Express Service Pack 2), but it’s in beta and available for testing purposes only. Last month I commented on the lack… Read More

  • Google Starts Selling Domains For $10 Per Year

    Google Starts Selling Domains For $10 Per Year

    Google has entered the domain business with partners GoDaddy and eNom. An already crowded industry, Google has begun allowing people to register ‘.com’, ‘.net’, ‘.biz’, and ‘.info’ Web site addresses. Web sites that register their domains directly with Google for $10/year will automatically be setup to use Google Apps for Your Domain, which… Read More

  • MyBlogLog adds MySpace support

    MyBlogLog adds MySpace support

    As 2006 closes in, my favorite web service of the year is MyBlogLog. Despite Yahoo! acquisition rumors a few weeks ago, the company is still privately-held. If I were in the web M&A business, they’d top my list along with music social networking service Last.fm. MyBlogLog has built the next generation social networking service. If Friendster/MySpace/etc are v1.0 of social… Read More