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  • Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    Gillmor Gang: Taming of the Stream

    The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition, soaring value payouts, and a winner-take-all sensibility in the tech community, now something different. The data points: Digg Deeper, Soundcloud, Twitter user metrics, and more… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Apple Jack

    Gillmor Gang: Apple Jack

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Benedict Evans, and Steve Gillmor — bask in the continued reverberations of Apple’s stunning reveal last week at WWDC. Many of us in the Apple Polishing business (I’m an unrepentant fanboy) remain enthralled by the details of iOS 8 and its growing impact on OS/X Yosemite — Extensions, Notification Widgets… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Fits and Starts

    Gillmor Gang: Fits and Starts

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — take a walk on the wild side as The New York Times publishes all the news that fits. Except, that is, the news about itself. The Twitterverse is clogged with leaked Innovation reports, business model Kremlin Wall analysis, and newsroom disappearances galore. For the record, we also stop in… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Pattern Baldness

    Gillmor Gang: Pattern Baldness

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include Twitter Dead media bait, FourSquare’s move toward the new cross-app model championed by Facebook, the Google+ backslide, and Microsoft in the free lane. No matter how much the market wants to quantify the Twitter opportunity, the rest of the world is more… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Blank Stairs

    Gillmor Gang: Blank Stairs

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — celebrated Office for iPad’s 12 million in sales and who knows in real traction i.e. subscriptions. The Amazon Fire debuted to shouts of thin and expensive, but surely what we need is a builtin HDMI switcher. Letterman’s retirement announcement hit some of us like… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: WhatsApp, Doc

    Gillmor Gang: WhatsApp, Doc

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — bask in the afterglow of the 19 Billion Dollar Bash. The reasons for the WhatsApp deal are many: taking the rapidly growing messaging app off the table, turning Facebook into an appregator, introducing the media to the startling notion that the US market is just a piece of… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Dynamic Clusters

    Gillmor Gang: Dynamic Clusters

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — move further and further toward the Golden Age of Push Notification. What some see as a fragmented sea of apps, others see as a ripe opportunity to unify notifications as the successor to email, social streaming to the core. As Windows gets sucked into the tidal wave of mobility… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Under My Thumb

    Gillmor Gang: Under My Thumb

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Danny Sullivan, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — collected iPhone 5’s from the corners of the tech world. Danny Sullivan ordered the elusive gold one at midnight in L.A., Scoble hit the midtown Apple Store in the Big Apple, John Borthwick got his via the betaworks diplomatic pouch, and John Taschek, well, Android Boy… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: IBeacon & Eggs

    Gillmor Gang: iBeacon & Eggs

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb filter across our head. Television is going streamland in a big way, and the Emmy nominations of Netflix’ House of Cards are but the most obvious indicator of the transformation. And what Apple has in store for us is becoming tangibly… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Interdependance Day

    Gillmor Gang: Interdependence Day

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — marvel at the mutually assured creation of a partnership between Larry Ellison’s Oracle and Marc Benioff’s Salesforce.com. Few would have predicted such a stunning partnership just a few years ago, but the crescendoing intersection of cloud, social, and mobile has borne… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Live from Betaday

    Gillmor Gang: Live From Betaday

    This Gillmor Gang was recorded live at betaday, the betaworks annual gathering in New York. The Gillmor Gang included John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Douglas Rushkoff, Paul Davison, and Steve Gillmor. Enjoy. Read More

  • Fireside Chat With John Borthwick (Betaworks)

    John Borthwick Says Betaworks Is A Puzzle Where All Parts Serve The Whole

    Betaworks is a fairly unique entity, as a holding company that creates, acquires and invests in a wide variety of startups and products, including most recently Marco Arment’s Instapaper. Betaworks founder and CEO John Borthwick took the Disrupt stage today to talk about his company and its investments, as well as the products it has created in-house like Giphy. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Fork You

    Gillmor Gang: Fork You

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — spent a too-quick hour on Facebook Home, Twitter’s new deep linking Cards, and the jousting over Webkit. Individually, these developments represent interesting strategy for the major notification platforms of Google, Apple, Twitter, and Facebook. But taken together, we’re… Read More

  • Shapes Of Things

    Shapes Of Things

    Sure, there’s a second screen these days. But it’s not the one you might think. The second screen is the TV, where the decaying rules remain in force as network comedies atrophy and the fall season is rife with cancellation. The first screen is the mini, managing the push notification appointment calendar and relationships of the binge viewers as they kibitz, joke, and narrate… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Gangnam Style

    Gillmor Gang: Gangnam Style

    The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, and Steve Gillmor — went bicoastal with @stevegillmor at @borthwick’s Betaworks Studios in New York City. @scobleizer and @jtaschek held down the West Coast as it threatened to float away in Googlemania. With a touch Chromebook and a Google Glasses video surfacing, at least half the Gang is predicting Apple is… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Snow Kidding

    Gillmor Gang: Snow Kidding

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, John Borthwick, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — take advantage of the East Coast blizzard to toast some marshmallows on the fire. First up is the Series A drought and impact of the cloud on startup funding. Next, the big pivot to Spoilerland, aka Binge TV. House of Cards is having just that impact on the television industry… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Hello Goodbye

    Gillmor Gang: Hello Goodbye

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — go beyond the usual scenarios in examining the symbiotic relationships between Apple’s more proprietary model and Android’s open heritage. CES may have been presiding over the collapse of the PC, as the mobile device wave overwhelmed Wintel. But the speed with which the two silent… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Talking Tablet Smack

    Gillmor Gang: Talking Tablet Smack

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — survived a rare Saturday recording session at the unstable directorial hands of Gillmor. Topics included iPad Mini, Nexus 7, the latest Twitter UI on said iPad Mini, the lack of communication across platform firewalls, and a bit of Windows 8 Surface and Google Glasses smack. Rated B… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Tommy Can You Hear Me

    Gillmor Gang: Tommy Can You Hear Me

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — counted their pennies as Apple, Microsoft, and Google weighed in to the Tablet Sweepstakes with new entries. Apple’s iPad Mini captured two of the Gang’s wallet, while none seemed ready for the Surface or other Windows 8 entries. Google seems challenged to wrangle the … Read More

  • Twitter Spring

    Twitter Spring

    I read the news today oh boy. Well actually, I didn’t. In a realtime Twitter world where everything looks like news, none of it is. The Steve Jobs anniversary stories are just one measure of this logjam, but something deeper than his tragic demise is troubling the technology business. What news is and why we crave it are being disrespected by Twitter’s recent moves, and the result… Read More