At the TechCrunch Winter Party that took place in San Francisco last week, there was a pinata bashing that signified the death of the much maligned awards show, The Crunchies, which after a decade of highs and lows has finally been shuttered by Verizon, TechCrunch’s new parent company. Launched in 2007 by legendary TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, the show’s mission was to showcase the best in tech, but it soon became mired in controversy for becoming an over-the-top, glitzy, star-studded affair that repeatedly celebrated the same industry heavyweights: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google/Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Uber’s Travis Kalanick, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel. Broad, overreaching categories like Best App, Best Startup, Best Founder seemed to exclude many who were toiling away, revolutionizing the industry. “They had an award for ‘Best VC’ which pretty much says it all right there,” recalled BitTorrent Founder Bram Cohen. BitTorrent’s...
Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGoogle has separated Hangouts from Google+ and is planning to do the same with photos. Will YouTube be the next in this Exodus? Where does this leave the social Network Google+? In June of 2011, Vic Gundotra and crew debuted Google+ and the Google Hangout. A video conference service for up to 10 people to “Hang Out”. As a beta user and original Hangout member, we used to spend a lot of late night hours bouncing from one hangout to another. Since then, the Hangout feature has vastly improved. They switched to their own VP8 codec, giving an HD quality to the service. Bringing in an open API, many have built some great apps around the video service such as lower 3rds, cameraman, and more. Google has also changed the way Hangouts initiates. They created an IM environment which takes over...
Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe all get the email threads: Someone gets praise or lands a new job and 50 replies of “Congratulations!” follow in the email. What if you were to export that thread to an area where people can collaborate and clean up the posts? That is what Knotable is all about. Created for those in email groups that need to collaborate better, Knotable (pr. note-able) will take over the thread, clear out the repetitive nonsense and previous replies, then set your post into the queue. Others can then vote it up and down or it can even get removed if a post is not accepted. The idea is to move the important parts to the top. In video collaboration (for example) you can have the popular remarks toward the top so the final product includes those. It also avoids two people asking...
Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got into New York at about 10 AM and headed right to the event. Hackers have been working over the last 24 hours. I am sad I couldn’t get to watch them in action but happy I got to see the end results during the hackathon. The presentation itself was well done. They only had 60 seconds to present and the MCs kept them to that – only giving extra time to technical issues. Some presenters were well oiled machines while others didn’t do that well. A couple presented a pitch but didn’t show a product. In a Hackathon you have to show your work at the end. I heard some tweets where presenters were not allowed to show their hack because of the rating of their presentation. This was to avoid the problems from last year presentations. There are...
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS After a couple weeks of travel and lots of great video, I took the week to regroup and make sure everything is posted. Still some CES content that has not gone up. This episode is not live this week due to time constraints. Meetings in the AM pushed things back. But some great stuff coming down the pike because of it! Adi has been doing a fantastic job at the helm of the Gaming side of Geekazine. Thanks for helping out! If you would like to write, simply drop me a line! I got some opportunities this last week, including a chance to go out to the gun range and capture it all on Glass. I talked about it last night on TWIGG with Luke Wallace. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast...
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS 6th anniversary of the podcast is upon us! I started this show back in 2007 – named “The Show”. Fourth pair of Google Glass is going back to Google. This time, the camera died. I talk about it on TWIGG. My EmpireAvenue account is at 112 but more interesting is the numbers watching and listening increased. Crowdfund for CES is looking great – we’re planning T-shirts for backer levels. Getting closer to launching the new website to bring more validation to podcasts. I’ve been trying out StreetJelly in the last week – a website where you can listen to musicians playing live. You can even tip them tokens. I spent about 10 hours over the weekend working on my acoustic show once again. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes –...
Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year I got to spend time with the hackers at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 hackathon. Hundreds of coders got together – some didn’t even know each other until this afternoon – to make the next big program. I got to talk to a lot of great start ups. This includes Snowshoe, a company that comes from Madison, WI (my hometown). I know about their product and was really excited to hear they are pitching tomorrow in the hackathon. Another group of coders were making a system to replace those discs you get at a restaurant with an app on your smartphone. When your table is ready, you get a signal to come up to the front counter. There was even a group that was using margaritas for a drinking game. It was a very fun time and I got to...
Jeffrey Powers talks withDevon about Card Flick – a way to make your business card more virtual and up to date.
Jeffrey Powers talks with Eric on AirPay – a way to use QR codes to bring an item to your mobile device and pay for.
Adria Richards talks with Syed about a website that focuses on the creation of the food, not the description.
Jeffrey Powers talks with Dave at JudgeSocial – a website that bands people together for class action lawsuits
Adria Richards talks with Zach about Give Em This – a way to find the right gift for someone using Social networking
Jeffrey Powers talks with Johnathan Stefansky about Viewbix – a video enclosure that promotes engagement.
Jeffrey Powers talks with Ray Pawulich about VidCaster – a CMS for video producers.
Adria Richards talks with Jameson from Launchrock – a company that figures out the best marketing for a new brand.
Adria Richards talks with Sarah from Snapette: a place where you can find the trending clothing anywhere in the world.
Adria Richards talks with GoInstant – software that can share a browser session with another computer
Jeffrey Powers talks with Peter Semmelhack was with K Venkatesh Prasad to find out how Bug Labs and Ford are working together
Jeffrey Powers talks with Chris Hansen from BAMM.tv about how independent artists can get their music out there.
Jeffrey Powers talks with Julia from Quixey about how they power the search for application stores
Adria Richards talks with Paige Craig on Betterworks – Helping companies Give better employee perks.
Adria Richards talks with Sebastian from Kodesk about how to rent a desk from a company
Jeffrey Powers talks with Asaf from Fanzilla. We talk about how you can turn your Facebook page into a full fledged Fan Page with interactivity.
Jeffrey Powers talks with Ran from vCita – a way to get people to turn your contacts into meetings.
Jeffrey Powers talks with Vishal Shah of Ask.com on what’s going on with Ask. This is part of TechCrunch Disrupt San Fran 2011