Silicon Valley Watcher (Thoughtleaders)

2014
December
12,
2014
| 01:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
Dan Farber is one of the first tech industry journalists and in his thirty year career he has helped create many top publications and he has led many editorial teams. He "retired" from his senior executive position at CBS News in the summer and poste...
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November
21,
2014
| 04:10 PM America/Los_Angeles
Dave Winer is a serial innovator and father of the Blogosphere, if such a thing exists anymore. His recent post is one of his best. It's worth reading because he's a long-time Silicon Valley watcher and he brings his long experience with the tech ind...
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July
14,
2014
| 02:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
A massive metal cast of a sailfish seems to soar out of the desk of Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest serving CEO, founder of Micrel [MCRL:NASDAQ GS], a leading chip company that produces essential components for smartphones, consumer electronics an...
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May
20,
2014
| 03:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
School principals at Deloitte University.Deloitte, the giant audit and consulting group, is planning to send as many as 100 principals of San Francisco public schools to its Deloitte University in early June, for a three-day leadership program in a b...
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May
14,
2014
| 05:23 PM America/Los_Angeles
I had the pleasure of moderating a conversation with Malcolm Gladwell at a breakfast for top tech executives attending Gainsight's  Pulse 2014 conference in San Francisco.Gladwell said that over the years he has come to appreciate the importance of G...
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March
20,
2014
| 04:44 PM America/Los_Angeles
Time’s Harry McCracken has written a wonderful column remembering Patrick McGovern, one of the most successful publishers of the past 50 years, and a huge proponent of tech when it was a far smaller world. He died this week at Stanford Hospital in Pa...
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March
19,
2014
| 04:28 PM America/Los_Angeles
The recent SF Creators Salon focused on the topic of trust and content marketing and as usual, it was a lively evening hosted at InPowered’s community space in San Francisco.I Interviewed the two  founders, the brothers Peyman Nilforoush and Pirouz N...
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2013
December
12,
2013
| 11:51 AM America/Los_Angeles
Stewart Brand speaking about Doug Engelbart - at Computer History Museum.This week marked the anniversary of a groundbreaking 1968 lecture by computer pioneer Doug Engelbart and colleagues at SRI International, that changed the lives of those that we...
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September
13,
2013
| 01:12 PM America/Los_Angeles
Superb interview here with Neil Postman about technology and the Faustian bargain we make with it. He manages to predict the issues that we face today with social networks, online education, and who benefits from technology.For example, he says that ...
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August
28,
2013
| 01:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
"Delicate, subtle, kind, intelligent, gracious, inspired, luminous. He was afraid of nothing, was at the forefront, waited for us there."“Sometimes it felt like talking to someone who lives five years in the future."Those are some of the quotes from ...
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August
07,
2013
| 10:09 AM America/Los_Angeles
Jeff Bezos is by far the most interesting of the tech industry CEOs. He's the new "Steve Jobs" in terms of being able to attract the same type of attention to his every move. Will he be able to guide society into a welcoming, bright digital future in...
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2012
November
08,
2012
| 03:04 PM America/Los_Angeles
I'm honored to be a Founding Fellow at the Palo Alto based think-tank the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) founded by the amazing Jen McClure. This evening SNCR hosts a gala awards dinner to celebrate the winners of awards for excellenc...
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March
20,
2012
| 10:22 PM America/Los_Angeles
Salesforce.com recently held its Cloudforce conference. I caught up with its Chief Scientist JP Rangaswami, who's based in the UK. I first met Mr Rangaswami several years ago when he was Chief Scientist at British Telecom. And I've been an avid re...
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2011
December
01,
2011
| 02:53 PM America/Los_Angeles
(Peter Dengate-Thrush, far right, outside an ICANN meeting in Paris. Source: ICANN)ICANN, the California non-profit organization responsible for setting the name of all domains, will soon allow a vast array of new names to be created. Beginning next ...
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November
29,
2011
| 04:58 PM America/Los_Angeles
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Maharshi Mahesh YogiSilicon Valley is like a snow cone on a hot day -- the flavorless chunks of big ice at the top represent the large corporations, HP, etc; while the sweet juice has collected in the bottom within a multitud...
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September
15,
2011
| 12:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
Part II of an interview with Wired magazine's Chris Anderson... Photo credit By Matthew BucklandMatthew Buckland: A while back you made some startling pronouncements on Der Spiegel Online about journalism and media, implying that journalism in the fu...
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September
14,
2011
| 02:51 PM America/Los_Angeles
By Matthew BucklandIf you don't know who Chris Anderson is, you don't really understand the internet. He's one of the great technology thinkers of our time who has given us new ways of understanding how the medium has influenced business and society,...
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2010
September
24,
2010
| 09:23 AM America/Los_Angeles
Here is Charlene Li, principal analyst and co-founder of the Altimeter Group talking about her background and social media within the context of business.She is interviewed by Pehong Chen, the CEO of BroadVision, which offers a business collaboration...
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April
19,
2010
| 01:56 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently visited HP Labs and spoke with Stan Williams, senior fellow at Hewlett-Packard and director of Quantum Science Research, about an incredible semiconductor device -- the memristor.Until fairly recently, the memristor, short for memory resis...
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2009
September
11,
2009
| 12:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
Is it possible to describe aspects of human behavior through algorithms? Hewlett-Packard's Bernardo Huberman believes you can and he has the studies to prove it.Mr Huberman has one of the more interesting jobs in the computer industry. He heads up th...
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June
11,
2009
| 09:52 AM America/Los_Angeles
I recently met with Patrick McGovern, founder and chairman of the media giant IDG. I've long been an admirer of Mr McGovern and consider him one of the savviest media executives on the planet, alongside Rupert Murdoch at News Corp.IDG is best known a...
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April
21,
2009
| 01:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
I caught up with Eva Chen, CEO of Trend Micro Tuesday morning just before her two appearances at the RSA security conference. She was in great form, enjoying a rare San Francisco heat wave, while we all melted into puddles.Here are some notes from ou...
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April
20,
2009
| 11:40 PM America/Los_Angeles
It is RSA Conference week this week, which means lots of security companies are in town. Among my Monday meetings I had the pleasure of dinner with Gil Shwed, CEO of Check Point Software Technologies [CHKP], one of Israel's most successful software c...
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April
09,
2009
| 03:53 PM America/Los_Angeles
Robin Purohit runs the Software Products division of Hewlett-Packard's $3 billion software business, the most profitable group within the company, and its most strategic. As 2009 IT budgets continue to be slashed, the software group is becoming the p...
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March
05,
2009
| 03:04 PM America/Los_Angeles
Here is the second part of my conversation with Bill Coleman, one of Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurs with an incredible track record of success. He left the US Air Force, where he was chief of satellite operations, and joined the seminal VisiCorp,...
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February
26,
2009
| 10:36 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently met with Bill Coleman, one of Silicon Valley's most impressive entrepreneurs over the past 30 plus years. He's been at VisiCorp, Sun, he founded BEA Systems (sold to Oracle for $3.5bn), etc. His analysis of Silicon Valley's future is fasci...
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February
25,
2009
| 02:35 AM America/Los_Angeles
I recently met with Bill Coleman, one of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurs. Mr Coleman has been part of Silicon Valley lore for more than three decades. He left the US Air Force, where he was chief of satellite operations, and joined the...
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February
03,
2009
| 08:01 PM America/Los_Angeles
BoomWatch Series: There are some diamonds out there--companies that are doing very well amid the gloom. One of these is Splunk, based in San Francisco.Splunk is in the business of IT search -- its technology allows large enterprises to sift through m...
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January
28,
2009
| 09:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
I'm looking forward to talking with Eva Chen, CEO and co-founder of Trend Micro this Thursday morning at 11am PST (free signup below.)I'll be asking Ms Chen about the huge changes in computer security and the titanic battles going on behind the scene...
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2008
December
04,
2008
| 04:28 PM America/Los_Angeles
"Women in the work place are very competitive with each other and that makes the glass ceiling twice as thick," says Adriana Gascoigne. She is the founder of Girls in Tech, a 1300 strong organization that seeks to empower women in the technology indu...
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