• Cathy Davidson: The Brain Is the Network

    Keen On…The Brain Is The Network (TCTV)

    Nick Carr insists that the Internet is wrecking our brains. But not everyone shares Carr’s techno-cultural pessimism. One of the most articulate champions of the Internet’s impact on our mental cognition is the Duke University professor Cathy Davidson, whose book Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn argues that the… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on the New Google Service

    Gillmor Gang 7.23.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Andrew Keen, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — convened for yet another G+ conversation. This one, however, was noted for its evenhandedness as @ajkeen and @scobleizer traded social blows over the new Google service. As someone in the Friendfeed chat on the livecast noted, @stevegillmor seems surprisingly positive about the new service. As Keen… 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

  • Gillmor Gang on Google+ Growth

    Gillmor Gang 7.2.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — joined the Circle Game as channelled by Joni Mitchell and Tom Rush. Google + seems to be a hit, which means it is soon to reach the critical mass where all social software must graduate from high school to beyond. For now, the service appears like a broader reimplementation of Friendfeed, which some… 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

  • With Ten Million Videos Played, TechCrunch TV Turns One

    With Ten Million Videos Played, TechCrunch TV Turns One

    TechCrunch TV celebrates its one year birthday today. Since we launched, we’ve had 10 million live and on demand video plays. We have more than 2,300 videos archived in our library. In addition to breaking news interviews and live special event coverage, we now produce 9 shows in San Francisco and New York. Last year in late June, TechCrunch had just moved into its new San… Read More

  • Hornik on VC's Secondary Mania: "If It's Just Money, We're All Fungible" (TCTV)

    August Capital was doing very late stage deals when most VCs refused to. And its early 2000 era buyout of Seagate was one of the better returns in the firm’s history. So why is it mostly sitting out this round of late-stage mega-deal mania? In the final segment of our Ask a VC on the road with David Hornik, he explains why the answer to missing out on Facebook early isn’t dumping… Read More

  • Hornik on Blippy: "Apparently I Was More Interested in Sharing Credit Card Purchases than the Average Person" (TCTV)

    Let’s be honest: One of the reasons David Hornik actually agreed to be on camera at All Things D is that he didn’t have a startup about to file to go public any second. So we talked about some of his more high profile investments that haven’t always lived up to the hype. Hornik explains why reports of Blippy’s death have been greatly exaggerated, and why he says the… Read More

  • David Hornik: Why Real Entrepreneurs Aren't in it for the Money (TCTV)

    We haven’t done Ask a VC for a while thanks to my hectic travel schedule, so I pulled David Hornik out of the hallway at D to catch up on his thoughts on his portfolio and the industry. But first, we chat about the highlights from the All Things Digital conference. Or we started with that and then talked about how the motivation for starting companies is changing in Silicon Valley, given… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Apple’s iCloud Announcement

    Gillmor Gang 6.04.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — shuddered with expectant glee at Apple’s presumed iCloud announcement at next week’s WWDC event. It’s clear from all the leaks, most interestingly from Apple itself, that the record companies are finally healthy enough to move into the new streaming era. With Lady Gaga selling five… Read More

  • Joinable Gives The Homeless A Foot In The Door With Free Voicemail, E-mail, and Texting

    We’re midway through the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon (which, by the way, you should be watching live here), and the range of stuff that the hackers have managed to throw together in a mere 24 hours is astounding. Some are trying to find their big payday — others are going for the cool factor or a quick laugh. Some, however, spent their weekend trying to change the world for… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Rackspace and Chatter

    Gillmor Gang 5.9.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — inaugurated a new kind of Gillmor Gang. To the undisclosed, it looks the same: silly chat, mangled technology disruptions, and dead air. To the more clueful, who recognize we’re entering a new age of social media, the intersection of social monitoring and proactive brand creation tools spells… Read More

  • TechCrunch TV Goes HD

    If you have been watching TechCrunch TV interviews lately, you may have noticed the videos are much sharper, crisper and much higher quality. The reason: we’ve gone HD. We are now using a new workflow with HD cameras and HD video switcher. Our shows from New York (Fly or Die and Founder Stories) have always been produced in HD at AOL Studios. But, now our San Francisco studio has… Read More

  • Keen On… Ze Frank: Why the Future of Play is a "Hot Thing" (TCTV)

    Ze Frank thinks that the future of play is a “hot thing.” That’s why he founded, his soon-to-be fully public startup. And that’s why he’s shifted his focus from stand-up entertainment to stand-up entrepreneurialism. But why has he gone from being one of the web’s top entertainment stars to yet another star-struck startup guy? As he told me last week… Read More

  • Keen On… Ze Frank: Why We All Need to Go Back to Kindergarten (TCTV)

    Ze Frank wants to send us all back to kindergarten., Ze’s soon-to-be fully public startup, which raised $500,000 from star-struck investors including Gary Vaynerchuk and Ron Conway, is an attempt to reinvent the kindergarten’s star system of rewards. As Ze told me when he came into the TechCrunchTV studio earlier this week, “stars are good.” They make us human… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Amazon Outage

    Gillmor Gang 4.30.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Kevin Marks, Danny Sullivan, JP Rangaswami, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — christened the new Gang studio with a surprise welcome to Kevin Marks. It turns out he’s joining on Monday, following JP (six months), JT (7 years), and me, who is celebrating my one year anniversary. Kevin has been a forceful champion of open standards at Apple… Read More

  • Keen On… Scott Harrison: Do You Know How To Build a Successful Non-Profit Brand?

    Does founding a non-profit organization require the same skills as founding a traditional start-up company? Are the most successful social entrepreneurs as skilled in personal reinvention as the top Silicon Valley entrepreneurs? Yes and yes. Take, for example, charity: water, the meteorically successful non-profit organization founded by the charismatic Scott Harrison. Four years ago… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Interactive TV

    Gillmor Gang 4.23.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Doc Searls, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — endured technical glitches and a dissection of the disruption formerly known as TV before settling into a debate about privacy. I know, sounds like the usual nonsense, but this show was high quality nonsense. I forget who brought up the famous iPhone/Android hidden recording file crisis… Read More

  • Keen On… Peter Sims: Why Brilliant Ideas Fail + Book Giveaway

    Best selling author, TechCrunch contributor and former VC Peter Sims is making a giant wager with his stimulating new book Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries. Sims is betting that the biggest new idea is that there aren’t really any brilliant ideas anymore – only lots of little ideas which get endlessly worked and reworked into the right idea. As… Read More

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