Steve Gillmor

Steve Gillmor is a technology commentator, editor, and producer in the enterprise technology space. He is Head of Technical Media Strategy at 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’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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  • How Time Flys

    As the Kindle/iPhone platform builds out, the possibility of pulling free content back from the abyss has sent tremors of hope through the media business community. Boxee’s continued struggle with Hulu suggests the content cartel has decided to double down on the hardball approach while they still can make it work. On the other side of the river, the technology companies are busy shoring… Read More

  • Feeder's Digest

    Now that Facebook has jumped into the activity stream, how long will it be before major platform vendors do the same? Google seems strangely quiet except for a few retracted comments from Eric Schmidt about Twitter being a poor man’s email. Speaking of poor man’s email (aren’t we all these days) Microsoft has taken a huge chunk out of Notes engagements with its on-demand… Read More

  • A Brand New Car

    Jonathan Schwartz has embarked on a series of blog posts to explain Sun Microsystems’ business and strategy in light of the downturn. The first post sets up a series of 3 or 4 posts describing different areas of Sun’s market opportunity – storage, networking, Solaris and MySQL OEMs, and the cloud computing initiative to be announced in two weeks. This just may be another in… Read More

  • The Curious Case of Cloud Computing

    This Friday Erick Schonfeld and I are moderating the TechCrunch Cloud Computing Roundtable at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus. Several participants have asked us what questions we’re going to ask. Of course, the whole idea of events like this one is to bring together as many of the movers and shakers as we can fit onto the stage, and then let the dynamics of the group shape… Read More

  • Andreessen in realtime

    At a time when many people are saying innovation is dead along with the economy as we knew it, I can’t help but feel the hot breath of a surge in the power of the network. As Marc Andreessen reminds in his fascinating conversation with Charlie Rose, the Internet didn’t take off until the browser. The infrastructure was in place for some time already, but when the browser appeared… Read More

  • Free Fred Wilson

    Fred Wilson finds himself on two sides of the fundamental issue of our time: the user’s right to access data the way he or she wants to. On one side, that of the user, Wilson is an investor and board member of Boxee, a startup that translates web pages into a form more easily consumable on a TV screen. One site in particular, Hulu, just shut Boxee down at the insistence of the… Read More

  • Roundtripping to the Cloud

    Sunday I finally pulled the trigger on a move I’ve been contemplating for a very long time. If you’d asked me 5 or even 10 years ago whether I’d move back to Comcast for anything except virtual dominatrix sessions, I’d have made, and lost, a sizable bet. That’s what I did on Sunday, consolidated a lot of services round Comcast and its Triple Play suite of… Read More

  • The Open Process

    A common gambit in the open standards arena is the invite-only event. This is where a group of developers, marketing types, and entrepreneurs decide the time is right to codify their work in a momentum play. Such a moment presented itself this week when an OpenID UI event was held at the Facebook offices in Palo Alto. OpenID has achieved extraordinary amounts of promotion, contributions… Read More

  • Gut Check

    No matter what we say or think we’re doing, we’re looking for a Grand Unification Theory or GUT: A way of viewing any random piece of news or gossip without our entire world view cracking and spilling out all over the ground around us. Thus the current fascination with realtime micromessaging and Track. The past few days there’s been a flurry of discussion falling under… Read More

  • SugarCRM's John Roberts on the Open Cloud

    SugarCRM has gone from 3 developers, 154 members, and 396 downloads of its open source customer relationship management software in June 2004 to 40 engineers, 450,000 users, 5.2 million downloads, and the key metric: 55,000 active systems. As co-founder and CEO John Roberts delivered the opening keynote at the SugurCon 2009 developer conference in San Francisco, he showed the growth in a series… Read More

  • Twitter comes clean

    Twitter developer manager Alex Payne has updated the Twitter FAQ with the actual, real, honest story on the return of Track to its users. First, the relevant text: When will the firehose be ready? By late January, early February 2009. For at least Q1 2009, the “firehose” (the near-realtime stream of all public status updates on Twitter) will only be available to a small group… Read More

  • Teach your children

    Normally I wouldn’t write about this. I’d keep my head down, hoping that someone else would say what I might. Many of the people cited in Rafe Needleman’s post are friends, professional colleagues, and actors in the Web 2.0 comedy. But this stuff isn’t funny, trading in the politics of personal destruction is not professional, and letting this slide is not an act of… Read More

  • The Realtime Real Estate Crisis

    It can be illuminating to compare the strategies of the major cloud platform vendors. Instead of matching currently exposed features, let’s imagine what each major player could do to tack away from competitor strengths and toward their own. For example, Google. Unlike Amazon Web Services or Microsoft’s forthcoming Azure cloud, Google’s overall application architecture is… Read More

  • The API Wars

    Although the data is fragmentary and the likelihood of anything significant happening soon is impossible to calculate, something tells me FriendFeed has reached the point where it is in the driver’s seat of social media. Whether that means something important in today’s climate of layoffs and hard looks at viral business models is certainly debatable. But FriendFeed has… Read More

  • Too Much of Nothing

    I’ve been reading an interesting quasi-history of the Basement Tapes, a series of recordings produced in a garage in Woodstock, New York in 1967 by Bob Dylan and the group that soon came to be known as The Band. It’s quasi-history because of the participants; Dylan won’t comment, Richard Manuel and Rick Danko are dead, and Levon Helm only showed up for the last few sessions… Read More

  • Salesforce keeps ahead of the conversation

    Marc Benioff has an uncanny sense of how to stitch together the multitude of social media and Web service resources that dominate the technology space. While many of the audience decry the notion of the enterprise applicability of these tools, Benioff and Salesforce think they’re on the way to what he calls “the next billion dollar opportunity” on top of this realtime… Read More

  • Fork in the road

    When President Obama delivers his Saturday radio address, it’s also shot on video and delivered over YouTube. When the news broadcasts excerpt from it, they use the Internet version, the one with pictures. It’s no longer a radio address; it’s a Webcast. This week I tried to record the second season premiere of Damages, a twisty series with Glenn Close and Ted Danson among… Read More

  • FriendFeed Wish List Q1 2009

    I saw Paul Buchheit at the Crunchies and took the opportunity to buttonhole the FriendFeed co-founder about the usual subjects: Track, track, and realtime search. Basically, track. He told me a variation of what he’s posted on FriendFeed over the holidays, that once the team was back to work they would be prioritizing the next set of work to be done. Given the times they are… Read More

  • Microsoft promotes Bob Muglia as one of four Presidents

    Capping a comeback from a demotion in the wake of Hailstorm’s failure to survive a privacy challenge led by bloggers, Server and Tools senior VP Bob Muglia was promoted to President of the Microsoft group. Muglia now commands a Microsoft unit with some 22% of the company’s $60 billion in revenue. Significantly, Muglia’s ascension puts him in a Gang of Four with… Read More

  • The Enterprise Crunchies Nominees

    In preparation for the Crunchies this Friday, January 9, I’ve been asked to write 5 short summaries to cover the nominees for Best Enterprise. There are 3 cloud computing entrants – Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine, and – and 2 from the worlds of Twitter clone (Yammer) and Office is Dead (Zoho.) My personal cloud favorite, Live Mesh, did not make the cut… Read More