At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. […]
Awestruck by the Vince-Vaughn series of stock photos, I was inspired to try my hand at this at SXSW. I'm not sure they're worth buying, but we sure had fun doing this--as the last few pictures show!
When I started working at Apple in 1986 I was afraid of public speaking—for one thing, working for the division run by Steve Jobs was intimidating: “How could I possibly measure up to Steve?” But if you want to succeed as an evangelist and CEO, you must learn how to make speeches. […]
As I write this, I’m just past the big 6O. Here’s some advice based on thirty-eight more years of living than you have. I don’t expect you to believe everything I say–when I was twenty-two I wouldn’t listen to someone this old, but maybe some of this will resonate with you: […]
I spoke in Madrid at the FICOD conference in mid November. These are pictures from my reign in Spain. I’m feeling pretty Spanish these days because I’ve been to Barcelona, Malaga, and Madrid for speeches. Terminal 4 of the Madrid airport wins the prize for coolest ceiling. Antoni Gaudi would be proud. Terminal 4 also [...]
Chris Anderson explained his concept of “free” at a recent Garage Technology Ventures conference. Click here to learn more about his model and to get to the link to a video of his presentation. Any company that produces digital content and goods should check it out.
Hope to see you at Blogworld Expo in Las Vegas on October 15-17, 2009. This conference is the first and only industry-wide tradeshow, conference, and media event dedicated to promoting new media including: Blogging, Podcasting, Social Media, Online Video, Music, TV, Radio, Gaming, Entertainment, and Communities. Plan A: There’s advance discount pricing, but it expires [...]
A few weeks ago Garage ran a conference called Revenue Bootcamp. One of the panel featured a group of experts discussing whether advertising was dead for a website revenue model. These experts represent Facebook, Yahoo, Glam, Federated Media, and Microsoft. Click here if you’re interested in using the advertising model.
There are lots of beauty pageants out there for companies looking to raise money, but in my experience, if you want to raise money, it’s probably best not to ask for it in public. Better, tell the world what you have accomplished, not what you need. That’s the idea behind “Launch: Silicon Valley,” which Garage [...]
Just returned from my first visit to Barcelona, Spain. Here are pictures from the trip. Mercat de la Boqueria. I’ve been to some cool markets in my life, but la Boqueria set a new standard for me. It was my favorite place in Barcelona. Can you pick out the bull’s balls? Andrew Zimmern would be [...]
The experts are promulgating many esoteric ways to determine the financial condition of the economy. It's irrational to base one's mood on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). After all, (a) what does that have to do with the real world? And (b) it reflects the buying (and selling) decisions of the same investment bankers [...]
Free video chat by Ustream Chris Pirillo is on the cutting edge of live stream media. The 35-year-old web whiz knows how to generate online community by hosting videos on UStream and other websites such as CNN.com. In this interview, he discusses how he drew an audience of five million people in 2007, what you [...]
Nikon just released the D90. This is the first digital SLR that can shoot movies (as far as I know, anyway)--now you don't have to carry a digital SLR and a video camera. How cool is that?! My buddies at Ritz Camera and the 6sight Future of Imaging conference made this possible. Click here to [...]
These videos are my recent attempt to explain the art of raising venture capital. They are part of the Montgomery & Hansen online learning site and conference. For example, to learn about financing agreements and the term-sheet process, click here. http://www.youtube.com/v/1etQC2-Vg_s http://www.youtube.com/v/uFDnT_xgqJ0 http://www.youtube.com/v/UwMNlJJBVZk Click on these links for up-to-date information about venture capital, startups, and [...]
If you're going to BlogWorld Expo, you can get an additional 20% off even the early-bird prices (they expire on August 22nd) by using this special code: "Alltopvip." This conference is in Las Vegas on September 19-21. Click here to register.
Check out this great video of Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point) discussing the shortcomings of today's hiring practices. He cites examples of professional sports that conduct "combines" where teams measure the performances of prospects in the hopes of drafting the future stars. Guess what: this method doesn't work. Jobs--of all types--are more complex, and the [...]
Storyline: Gaming company sends corporate plane to bring nerd to Vegas to speak to casino execs. Don't get the impression that this is my usual lifestyle--I'm only blogging about this day because this never happens to me. The first stop: Executive terminal of SFO. This is north of the airport. Never been there before. There's [...]