Silicon Valley Watcher (Media Technologies)

2016
August
11,
2016
| 11:08 AM America/Los_Angeles
For fans of stand-up comedy: Laugh.ly launched today what is described as a “Pandora for standup comedy” smartphone app. It features 400 comedians such as Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, George Carlin, Aziz Ansari and also - you!Self-publishing tools provid...
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2015
July
30,
2015
| 12:40 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently received this well written pitch from Kaitlyn Garcia at VSC Consulting:Print is dead. Magazines are dying.Not so, thinks Creativ.This magazine did something unique. They launched on mobile first, thanks to a large but relatively under the ...
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March
04,
2015
| 04:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
The recent vast viral distribution of "The Dress" story through Buzzfeed, and many other popular news sites, created a media tsunami.It's an example of Foremski's First Law of New Media at work!Silicon Valley investors love the scalability of a softw...
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January
26,
2015
| 06:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
DNN today launched an enterprise-class content management system optimized for marketing allowing multi-format publishing and tracking visitors to a company's web sites.The Evoq 8 system allows companies to manage and control every web page and sub-s...
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2014
November
13,
2014
| 07:31 PM America/Los_Angeles
Nathalie Tadena at the Wall Street Journal reports on Weber Shandwick's partnership with Niche, an aggregator of more than 5,000 "social media celebrities." Among the social media celebs in Niche's network with the biggest reach are Nash Grier, a tee...
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November
05,
2014
| 07:19 PM America/Los_Angeles
It might not seem surprising to my readers that I'm working on a project with Mediaco, a Weber Shandwick business that advertises, "We Help Every Company Become A Media Company." Helping companies be great media companies is a noble calling these day...
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September
04,
2014
| 05:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently met Jeffrey Shaw (above) , CEO of Underground Cellar, a startup focused on helping wineries sell wine online. He and his team has developed a great technology platform to allow wineries to market themselves and sell their wines but it is a...
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August
14,
2014
| 06:10 PM America/Los_Angeles
Marc Canter on stage and screen at a panel moderated by Dan Farber at the Mac 30 Anniversary event in January 2014.Marc Canter, a leading pioneer of multimedia technologies with his work at Macromedia 25 years ago, has launched Interface, a startup f...
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August
11,
2014
| 04:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
I had an interesting conversation with Patrick McKenna (above), CEO and co-founder of Strike Social, a Los Angeles based startup that focuses on Youtube-based advertising by large brands.The company is able to analyze a brand's YouTube channel and al...
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July
21,
2014
| 01:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
SF historian Gary Kamiya signing a copy of his book "Cool Gray City of Love."San Francisco's transformation into a bedroom community for Silicon Valley's business parks is a huge mistake because tech companies should be exposing their people to the c...
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July
16,
2014
| 06:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
An article from Ad Age about a recent campaign from video ad server firm Vindico.I recently spoke with Forensiq an interesting startup based in New York that has technologies capable of shutting down advertising fraud -- a huge problem for the media ...
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July
08,
2014
| 11:02 AM America/Los_Angeles
David Matahai, Director of Marketing Communications at Hyundai. Every company is a media company because it has to be, because the traditional media outlets no longer have the means, or pageviews to help tell the stories of companies, and thei...
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April
25,
2014
| 11:17 AM America/Los_Angeles
This video is superb and I can't stop playing it: Shawn Riegsecker, CEO and founder of Centro, explains at a 2013 TechWeek event in Chicago, why he focused his company's culture on the happiness of its employees.It's working: Centro has become a gian...
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March
04,
2014
| 08:22 PM America/Los_Angeles
Co-founders of InPowered and NetShelter: Peyman Nilforoush and Pirouz Nilforoush.InPowered today launched a free version of its trusted content discovery and promotion services as a way of gaining new customers for its core service: the promotion of ...
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January
27,
2014
| 05:07 PM America/Los_Angeles
If paper were announced today, as an alternative technology to digital screens, its tech specs would be madly impressive. Paper is a media technology without equal:- Imagine a lightweight display as thin as a single hair, capable of displaying high r...
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2013
June
25,
2013
| 03:45 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently met with Alicia Navarro, CEO and co-founder of Skimlinks, a service that helps publishers monetize their sites by sharing affiliate partner revenues if readers buy products or services.Skimlinks automatically adds a link to key words on a ...
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May
03,
2013
| 01:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
In three days I'm off to London for a week,  then Amsterdam, hopefully a few days in Berlin, and then Warsaw (above) returning in early June.I'll be making a series of presentations around my favorite topic: "Every Company Is A Media Company - the tr...
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May
02,
2013
| 03:27 PM America/Los_Angeles
One of my favorite media technology companies is BrightTalk, based in San Francisco and London.Co-founded in 2002 by Paul Heald and Charlie Blackburn, this privately-held company offers an easy platform to create and distribute live audio and video b...
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May
01,
2013
| 08:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
Enigma launched today, with an intriguing service: the New York based startup offers an easy way to search through more than 100,000 public databases. Chris Velazco at TC reports:Founded by Hicham Oudghiri and Marc Dacosta and helmed by CEO Jeremy Br...
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May
01,
2013
| 10:36 AM America/Los_Angeles
John Wihbey at Journalist's Resource has highlighted an important problem: Young people aren't very good at search. Since Google's algorithms have trouble in distinguishing between spam and good content,  a  search-based education isn't much use if s...
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April
10,
2013
| 04:25 PM America/Los_Angeles
(My readers are familiar with my "every company is a media company" mantra but how do companies become media companies? They need media services and technologies to help them and this will become  a core focus here at SVW - reporting on the intersect...
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