Andrew Keen

  • Buy This Movie Or Legally Download It For Free: Your Call

    Buy This Movie Or Legally Download It For Free: Your Call

    PressPausePlay, an award-winning documentary about our new digital culture, premiered at SXSW earlier this year. It is playing at film festivals and you can buy it on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital pay sites. If you don’t want to pay for it, you can now download it via a torrent for free. This free option was essential to the filmmakers. As Seth Godin says in the film, ideas that… Read More

  • Keen On… What Twitter Is Doing To Our Brains (TCTV)

    Not everyone agrees with Nicholas Carr that the Internet is wrecking our brains. Take, for example, UCLA Brain Research Institute professor Dean Buonomano, the author of Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives. While Buonomano accepts that there is a “price to be paid” for the benefits of the Internet, he believes that our brains will eventually adapt to… Read More

  • Keen On… Howard Hartenbaum: “In a Couple of Years, Every Business Will Be Mobile”

    Thus spoke Howard Hartenbaum, a partner at August Capital, when he sat down with me last week at our Mobile First CrunchUp event in Palo Alto. For Hartenbaum, who admitted to being “tired” of being pitched “social” start-ups, mobile is the inevitable future of digital businesses – so inevitable, indeed, that he thinks the word will eventually disappear because it… Read More

  • 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 with Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz

    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… 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