Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is an Anglo-American entrepreneur, writer, broadcaster and public speaker. He is the author of the international hit “Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing our Culture” which has been published in 17 different languages and was short-listed for the Higham’s Business Technology Book of the Year award.

As a pioneering Silicon Valley based Internet entrepreneur, Andrew founded in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. He is currently the host of “Keen On” show, the popular Techcrunch chat show.

Andrew is an acclaimed speaker on the international circuit, speaking regularly on the impact of new technology on 21st century business, education and society. Andrew’s new book about the social media revolution,Digital Vertigo will be published by St Martin’s Press in 2012.

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  • Keen On… How Mobile Will Make Us Smarter, More Efficient & Healthier (TCTV)

    Keen On… How Mobile Will Make Us Smarter, More Efficient & Healthier (TCTV)

    Who doesn’t want to be more efficient, smarter and healthier? According to Kleiner partner Chi-Hua Chien, the mobile revolution can, potentially, do all three – developing applications and services on our smartphones that make us more efficient, smarter and healther. And that’s why Kleiner, Chien admitted to me when I interviewed him at our Mobile First CrunchUp event last… Read More

  • Keen On… We Are Not In A Bubble (TCTV)

    Keen On… We Are Not In A Bubble (TCTV)

    No, we are not in a bubble. Not, at least, according to the Kleiner-Perkins partner, Chi-Hua Chien, who spoke at our Mobile First CrunchUp event in Palo Alto last Friday. Indeed, as Chien told me after his CrunchUp panel, he views today’s two great investment sectors – in mobile and in social – as unique opportunities to reinvent all Internet businesses. According to… Read More

  • Keen On… Can Larry Page Be A Grown-Up CEO? (TCTV)

    Hired in 1999, Doug Edwards was employee #59 at Google. Edward’s six year stint in Mountain View has been recorded in his highly readable new book I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee #59 where he reveals what life was really like at the plex in those early years. Earlier this week, TechcrunchTV got lucky when Edwards came into our San Francisco studio to tell me… Read More

  • Keen On: The Confessions Of Google Employee #59

    Even though I’m Jewish, I’ve always rather enjoyed other people’s confessions: Saint Augustine, Rousseau, driving instructors etc etc. And now, especially for the tech crowd, we have an new player in the confessional genre – Douglas Edwards, the first marketing manager at Google, who has just written a tell all version of his 1999-2005 stint at the plex entitled… Read More

  • Keen On: Why Google Is Now A Social Company (TCTV)

    It was a first. Yesterday, we were fortunate to welcome Google’s two principle architects of Google+, Vic Gundotra (VP Social) and Bradley Horowitz (VP Product), to the TechcrunchTV studio in San Francisco for an extended interview about what they call their “project”. So what is Google+? As Gundotra told me yesterday, it is an attempt to “understand people” and… Read More

  • Keen On… Don’t Steal This Book (TCTV)

    “Steal this book,” wrote Abbie Hoffman in 1970. So, today, why should we pay for our books – especially in a digital age where intellectual theft is both ubiquitous and pretty much risk free? According to Gary Shteyngart, the best-selling author of novels like “Super Sad True Love Story” and “Absurdistan,” paying for his books means that he… Read More

  • Keen On… A Super Sad True Love Story (TCTV)

    America’s most talented writers are discovering the electronic network. In “Super Sad True Love Story,” Gary Shteyngart’s best selling trip into the digital future, Shteyngart invents a darkly disturbing world in which we all wear electronic pendants around our necks called “apparats” which reveal everything about us to everybody. In the future, he tells… Read More

  • Keen On… Loic Le Meur: Why Seesmic Isn't a Failure (TCTV)

    “If you don’t adapt, you die,” Loic Le Meur told me when he came into the TechCrunchTV studio last week. And Loic – aka monsieur Pivot – is certainly one of the Valley’s most skilled adaptors. Having founded Seesmic in 2008 as a video aggregation network, he then transformed it the next year into a popular consumer Twitter client before shifting it earlier… Read More

  • Loic Le Meur: American Start-up Entrepreneurs Have Nothing To Learn From Europe (TCTV)

    Few transatlantic entrepreneurs know both the European and American start-up scene as intimately as Seesmic and Le Web founder Loic Le Meur. So the first question I asked Loic when he came into the San Francisco TechcrunchTV studio last week was what American start-up entrepreneurs can learn from their European counterparts. Nothing, Loic told me. Except, perhaps, the ability to invite each… Read More

  • Keen On… Michael Fertik: Why Data is the New Oil and Why We, the Consumer, Aren't Benefitting From It

    As he told me when he came into our San Francisco studio earlier this week, CEO & Founder Michael Fertik is “ecstatic” about our new reputation economy. In today’s Web 3.0 personal data rich economy, reputation is replacing cash, Fertik believes. And he is confident that his company,, is well placed to become the new rating index of this… Read More

  • Keen On… Michael Fertik: Why People Will Pay for Privacy (TCTV)

    Will people pay for online privacy? Yes, they will – at least according to Michael Fertik, the founder and CEO of, one of the early leaders in the new online privacy ecosystem. Indeed, Fertik believes that privacy is the next big thing in the online economy – a necessary antidote to Reid Hoffman’s Web 3.0 economy of pervasive personal data. As Fertik told me… Read More

  • Keen On… James Gleick: Why Cyberspace, As a Mode of Being, Will Never Go Away (TCTV)

    It’s not only douchebags who say that the Internet changes everything. According to James Gleick, one of America’s most important and successful technology writers and the author of the major new book The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood, the Internet is as transformative as the invention of the printing press or writing. “Cyberspace as a mode of being will never… Read More

  • Keen On… James Gleick: Why We Are Information (TCTV)

    The fruit of seven years of full-time research and writing, James Gleick’s The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood is the most comprehensive book written, to date, about information. An amazing erudite and yet highly readable account of why and how information plays such a central role in all our lives, Gleick’s The Information is amongst the most profound books written… Read More

  • Keen On… Suzanne Vega: Music, Like Oranges, Shouldn't Be Given Away for Free (TCTV)

    Question: Who is the mother of MP3? Answer: Singer songwriter Suzanne Vega, whose iconic 1981 song “Tom’s Diner” was used by MP3 inventor Karl-Heinz Brandenberg to calibrate the standard of the revolutionary codec that would change the music industry forever. Vega’s attitude to the music industry is pretty matrimonial too. On Wednesday, she keynoted the… Read More

  • Keen On… Eli Pariser: Have Progressives Lost Faith in the Internet? (TCTV) board president Eli Pariser has written a surprisingly critical book about the Internet. In The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from Us, Pariser acknowledges that he once bought the “mythology” that the Internet was providing a richer and more balanced view of the world than traditional large media companies. Pariser, however, has changed his mind. If anything… Read More

  • Keen On… Why a Squirrel Dying on Your Front Lawn Isn't More Important Than Somebody Starving in Africa (TCTV)

    The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, Eli Pariser’s New York Times best-selling new book, has been applauded by net skeptics like Jaron Lanier and Evgeny Morozov as well as digital optimists like Clay Shirky and Craig Newmark. It’s an important book which argues that leading websites like Google and Facebook are delivering personalized information to us… Read More

  • Keen On… Peter Stern: How Cable TV Can Win Back Our Trust (TCTV)

    As the Chief Strategy Officer at Time Warner Cable, Peter Stern is responsible for planning the long term future of America’s second largest cable company. Much of his job involves rebuilding both the appearance and reality of the cable industry in a 21st century world of ubiquitous online video and revolutionary consumption devices like the iPad. Stern is at his most provocative in… Read More

  • Keen On… Peter Stern: Does Cable TV Have a Future? (TCTV)

    Peter Stern is not only the Chief Strategy Officer at Time Warner Cable, but he’s also one of the smartest analysts of today’s complex media landscape. So it was a real honor to interview Stern last week in our New York City studio about why cable has a future, why the wired network is critical for wireless to succeed and why he believes that cable at, he says, an average price of… Read More

  • Disrupt Backstage Pass: So What, Exactly, Is Social Music? (TCTV)

    One of the most interesting panels at last week’s Disrupt featured a discussion about social music between Steve Jang the co-founder and CEO of Schematic Labs and Alexander Ljung the founder and CEO of SoundCloud. Jang and Ljung are both developing apps and services that enable us to share music, sounds and our musical taste. Jang’s product is Soundtracking, an iPhone app that… Read More

  • Charlie Cheever Explains The Difference Between Quora And Wikipedia

    Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever not only doesn’t want to sell his hot start-up but – as he told me backstage earlier this week at Disrupt – he even has an explicit non-goal of not selling the company. Non-goals or not, Cheever has a lot to smile about. Traffic is up to record levels at Quora and the site continues to be a paragon of innovation in the social space. In… Read More