• Disrupt Darlings GTar Talk About What Happens After You Succeed On Stage, Raise $350K, And Have To Ship Product

    Disrupt Darlings GTar Talk About What Happens After You Succeed On Stage, Raise $350K, And Have To Ship Product

    Last May, Incident Tech launched the gTar, a guitar with real strings that connected to a smartphone for some amazing sound processing. In the last few months, the founder, Idan Beck and his team have been busy preparing the 800 guitars he pre-sold on Kickstarter for shipment. Theirs is a story of creativity, cool, and the next generation in music technology. I spoke with Idan briefly about… Read More

  • Dave Morin of Path | Foundation

    Foundation: Dave Morin on Maintaining Genuine Relationships Via Social Networks

    For the latest episode of my Foundation series, I headed over to the Path office to sit down with founder Dave Morin. Dave talks about getting his start in student marketing at Apple, and reflects that focus is one of the most important things he learned there. He goes on to describe his time at Facebook, where an intense focus on product utility set the product up for long-term growth. Dave… Read More

  • StyleSeat's Melody McCloskey | Foundation

    Foundation Video: Melody McCloskey Of StyleSeat On Getting Investors Involved In A Beauty Startup

    In the most recent episode of my Foundation video series, I sat down with the founder of StyleSeat, Melody McCloskey. Melody shares how her frustration with finding a stylist inspired her to build the platform. She also talks through the challenges of reaching an audience who isn’t in front of a computer all day and how the web helps them grow their business and improve their client… Read More

  • Keen On...Could WCIT Really Mean the End of the Internet?

    Keen On… WCIT: Is This The End Of The Internet? [TCTV]

    Today, the dark day Syria shut down its Internet, web freedom should be at the very forefront of all of our minds. Web freedom was also center stage earlier this week when Stanford Law School hosted an event called “Sticky WCIT: Is This The End Of The Internet.” I asked several of the experts attending the event whether a WCIT meeting next week in Dubai might be a big threat to… Read More

  • Meet Tom Lowe, The Filmmaker Who Talked Back To The Pirate Bay

    Meet Tom Lowe, The Filmmaker Who Talked Back To The Pirate Bay

    On June 6, 2012, filmmaker Tom Lowe found his film, Timescapes, on The Pirate Bay. His response wasn’t to sue the uploaders into oblivion. Instead, he wrote a simple note: Greetings. I am Tom Lowe, the person who spent two years of his life living out of a Toyota pickup truck to make this film. If you enjoy it, please consider buying a copy from our website at or at iTunes… Read More

  • With Angry Birds Merchandise, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka Plans To Out Pirate The Pirates

    With Angry Birds Merchandise, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka Plans To Out Pirate The Pirates

    As proven by the massive success of the Angry Birds plush line, the world has a hungry for real-world Angry Birds wares. No where is that more apparent than Beijing, where the halls of countless toy shops and electronics stores are filled foot to ceiling with sundry Bird-themed goods, from sweatshirts and jeans to candy and balloons. The catch? Rovio didn’t authorize any of it. Where… Read More

  • SXSWi 2010: Q&A with Gowalla Co-founder/CEO Josh Williams – Pt 1

    In an effort to sort out the state of the “Location War” going on here at SXSW Interactive 2010, I have been lucky enough to chat with several people behind the scenes of these mobile location based services. It’s funny to me calling the competition a “War” as everyone with whom I have spoken seems incredibly mellow and down-to-earth but there is a potential… Read More

  • An interview with famed comic artists Drew and Natalie Dee

    Idling in the CrunchGear chatroom the other day, John says to me, that’s John Biggs, he says, “Why don’t you interview that guy from Toothpaste for Dinner?” I says to John “Why?” and John says “He seems like a nice guy.” Who am I to argue with John? Plus, the guy from Toothpaste for Dinner lives in Columbus, which is where I live, so I sent the… Read More

  • Interview: Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo

    You may have caught our interview with Yamauchi-san as it streamed live (about 40 minutes in) on Saturday, but for your convenience I’ve pared it down and added in our non-live footage. At 24 minutes it’s quite a long interview (so no transcription ready yet, though I’ll add one eventually) but an interesting one. Among other things, we talked about his approach to… Read More

  • A look at how the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) is changing the world

    Volkswagen is taking great strides in making the roads safer and remove the dangerous fun from driving by developing fully autonomous vehicles. I had a chance to talk to Dr. Burkhard Huhnke, director of the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) about the future of the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) at Stanford University and how the technology developed there… Read More

  • Les Paul and the Tape Recorder

    This, my friends, is the dawn of electronic music. That wonky guy with a guitar is Les Paul and the interviewer is Alistair Cooke and most of the interview is a joke but the real magic comes at the end when he shows Cooke how to create a multitrack recording live, in real time. You try doing a 24-track song with two take recorders while wearing a constricting suit. It’s tough! Read More

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