Archive | September, 2008 Where are the stars of Web 1.0 now?

30 Sep

I can’t believe it took so long to happen but the Silicon Alley Insider has done a piece tracking the stars of Web 1.0.  On the list are Todd Krizelman and Stephan Paternot, who I worked for in the late 90’s.  It was a crazy time.  New York was invincible.   One of the sales people named her dog after the stock symbol (TGLO).  We were hiring people by the hundreds.  Bear Stearns was still around and did our IPO.  It seems like a lifetime ago.

Before Facebook and Friendster, there was, started by Cornell juniors Todd Krizelman and Stephan Paternot in 1994. As the Internet bubble grew, the pair made history with the largest first-day gain of any IPO up until that date in November 1998. They became paper millionaires and made appearances on Oprah and Charlie Rose (see clip, particularly @8:50 for Krizelman’s prescient statement about social networking).

In many respects (and other sites like were way ahead of their time.  In some senses they invented blogging.  We were so close to owning the space.  If only we didn’t put up those damn annoying pop ups! 

Tippett's office during Web 1.0, NYC

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Leading Market Research Shows McCain Can’t Sell Hope

30 Sep

An interesting study by a group that studies people’s facial reactions to ads concludes that McCain isn’t effective in selling hope but is very good at projecting anger and selling fear. 

A marketing research system that studies the emotions expressed by facial muscles has been used to analyze presidential campaign ads. The system is the subject of the new book, “Face Time,” by Dan Hill. Mr. Hill heads Sensory Logic, a consulting firm that has been using “facial coding” methods to study second-by-second consumer reaction to TV commercials. Its clients are normally large marketing corporations. But during the primaries, the company began analyzing audience reactions to the major candidates’ ads.

"what senator obama doesnt seeeeeem to understand is that minta has lovely toes.." 2008-09-NYC-Bailout-Protest 15.jpg

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Will the vote be hacked?

30 Sep

It is unclear to me at the outset as to whether this is a credible charge but I wouldn’t rule it out. 

Last week, VR interviewed GOP Cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore about the upcoming election and his testimony in the new Ohio litigation to take depositions of Karl Rove and others.

The video is posted in full below with ten short clips for You Tube viewing. This interview is so important and explosive that we urge everyone to watch it.
Spoonamore says that the GOP wanted e-voting to steal elections but now foreign governments will be hacking and the winner will be determined by the best hackers. He says that if the GOP wins the hacking competition, McCain will win 51.2 percent with three electoral votes over Obama, and it will be a stolen election.
Spoon also makes a crucial point about the people who have been implicated in much of the election theft: “They are religious extremists.” He names those who know about stolen elections, and he insists that the only way to protect this election is with paper ballots, hand-counted.

What do you think?

Spoonamore - Sep 2008 - Part 10 - "People should doubt the vote___because it's being stolen_" Spoonamore - Sep 08 - Part 3 - "The genie is out of the bottle___" Spoonamore - Sep 2008 - Part 1 - "It's a network people_" Spoonamore - Sep 2008 - Part 2 - "Electronic voting machines are a national security threat_" Spoonamore - Sep 2008 - Part 4 - "Fifty ways to steal an election_" Bush IT Guru_" Ohio election coverup_" Spoonamore - Sep 2008 - Part 7 - "Evangelical Christians and electronic voting machines_" Spoonamore - Sep 2008 - Part 8 - "What part don't you understand___paper ballots please_" Palin by___"

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What the WaMu Collapse Means for Its Customers

29 Sep

Good news for Washington  Mutual customers for now.

“Life is exactly as it was for Washington Mutual customers on Friday as it was on Thursday except they are now backed by a bigger, stronger bank,” says Chase spokesman Tom Kelly. Washington Mutual customers can continue to use their WaMu ATM cards, checks, debit and credit cards, online services and branches. Direct deposit and automated payments will remain the same, and Washington Mutual customers should continue to send their credit card and loan payments to the same place. Loan terms are governed by contract and will remain the same.

WaMu and Me Another One Bites The Dust!

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Pandora founder appeals to music fans to fight big radio

28 Sep

I just got this email from the folks at Pandora.  They are waging a valiant fight against some big radio interests who want to stifle innovation in online music.  If you value the fantastic service Pandora provides please help them out.  M.


Hi, it’s Tim from Pandora;

After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, SoundExchange and the RIAA are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio.  But just as we’ve gotten close, large traditional broadcast radio companies have launched a covert lobbying campaign to sabotage our progress.

Yesterday, Congressman Jay Inslee, and several co-sponsors, introduced legislation to give us the extra time we need but the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which represents radio broadcasters such as Clear Channel, has begun intensively pressuring lawmakers to kill the bill. We have just days to keep this from collapsing.

This is a blatant attempt by large radio companies to suffocate the webcasting industry that is just beginning to offer an alternative to their monopoly of the airwaves.

Please call your Congressperson right now and ask them to support H.R. 7084, the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 – and to not capitulate to pressure from the NAB.  Congress is currently working extended hours, so even calls this evening and over the weekend should get answered.

If the phone is busy, please try again until you get through. These calls really do make a difference.

Representative Carolyn Maloney: 202-225-7944
Thanks so much for you ongoing support.

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Poll: Who won the debate?

27 Sep

At midnight (PST) almost 3/4 of though Obama carried the night.

OXFORD, Miss. — John McCain and Barack Obama stood behind identical wooden lecterns Friday night on the stage of a performing arts center at the University of Mississippi for the first of three scheduled debates with less than six weeks remaining until Election Day. The two vice presidential candidates will meet next week for their only debate.

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Web 2.0 Challenges Traditional Government Communications

26 Sep

A mention of NowPublic’s roll in the emerging new news environment.

TLDNR – If you’re over 20 years old, you probably have no idea what this means. It’s an acronym for “too long, did not read,” and text messaging users type it to describe most of the information that comes from traditional news sources. These young people want their information now, and they often want it in clusters of no more than 140 words.

Innovative communicators have long recognized the need to get their messages out using the new technology. While The New York Times and The Washington Post struggle with falling circulation and loss of advertisers, new communicators are moving ahead in leaps and bounds.

One such innovator is, a user-generated social news Web site. The company is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was founded by Michael Tippett, Leonard Brody and Michael Meyers in 2005. In addition to user-contributed content, NowPublic has a content-sharing agreement with The Associated Press. Time magazine named NowPublic one of the top 50 Web sites of 2007.

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