Social Revolution: Crowdsourcing For Change

Social Revolution: Crowdsourcing For Change

Editor’s note: Guest commentator Michael Tchong is the founder of Social Revolution. How often have you thought our country needs to change? That something is fundamentally and systemically wrong that needs fixing? And that things could be fixed if we leveraged social media to find the best ideas to agree on?

Boutique Chic: Five Great Analysts Who Are Under the Radar

Boutique Chic: Five Great Analysts Who Are Under the Radar

There’s a reason that IDC, Forrester, and Gartner are so big. They offer scale and coverage that small firms can’t match, and they attract industry heavyweights who can make or break emerging technologies. But there’s a downside to scale. Unless you’re a corporate whale, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, and getting that superstar on the…

New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins Is A Patsy Set Up To Fail

New RIM CEO Thorsten Heins Is A Patsy Set Up To Fail

A patsy is a person that is easily taken advantage of, the guy that gets set up to take the fall so the big wigs in power can extricate themselves from a situation free from blame. As you may have heard, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has named a new CEO today, Thorsten Heins. He takes over for co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis who…

LinkedIn Sequences the DNA of Startup Founders [Infographic]

LinkedIn Sequences the DNA of Startup Founders [Infographic]

One of LinkedIn’s greatest advantages is that it has a wealth of data on the workforce. It can take that data and analyze market segments to find trends of who works in a specific industry, what kind of education they have, what their background is, who they know, where they are from and so on. This morning LinkedIn released an infographic studying…

Flipboard Lands Time’s Quittner as Editorial Director

Flipboard Lands Time’s Quittner as Editorial Director

Flipboard is getting an editorial director. Josh Quittner, a director of digital editorial development for Time Inc., is leaving the magazine empire to join the fledgling tablet magazine startup. He will make the transition after the July 4th weekend, according to the New York Post.

Time Inc. is the publisher of CNN Money, Sports Illustrated…

Meet Bryce Roberts: The Man Who Challenged AngelList

Meet Bryce Roberts: The Man Who Challenged AngelList

Bryce Roberts is co-founder of O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and an investor worth paying attention to. Roberts is in the news this week because of his high-profile critique of Angellist, the hot new investment network Robert Scoble has called the new Silicon Valley hype machine.

Roberts celebrates 10 years in venture capital this month…

Techmeme Turns 5: Interview With Founder Gabe Rivera

Techmeme Turns 5: Interview With Founder Gabe Rivera

This week, leading tech news aggregator Techmeme turned 5 years old. The service launched in September 2005, under the name tech.memeorandum, and ReadWriteWeb was one of the first media publications to review it.
In 2005, tech.memeorandum mostly tracked blogs. In 2010, Techmeme tracks all types of media web sites. Everything from news wires…

Tony Blair to Advise Silicon Valley Green-Tech VC Firm Khosla Ventures

Tony Blair to Advise Silicon Valley Green-Tech VC Firm Khosla Ventures

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is joining Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Khosla Ventures as a public policy advisor for the firm’s green-tech investments, according to a press release from the firm today. Founded by Vinod Khosla in 2004, Khosla Ventures is one of the leaders in environmental tech investing – a field of…

Digital Activism: An Interview with Mary Joyce

Digital Activism: An Interview with Mary Joyce

Digital activism is defined by the newly launched Meta-Activism Project as “the practice of using digital technology for political and social change.” One of the leaders in the field of digital activism is Mary Joyce, the founder and executive director of the Meta-Activism Project. Joyce is among the most knowledgeable and experienced…

Kiva’s Causemopolitan on World Tour: Social Media for Social Good

Kiva’s Causemopolitan on World Tour: Social Media for Social Good

It’s been a long and winding road for serial volunteer and social media philanthropist Sloane Berrent.

Since her unplanned departure from an L.A.-based startup in 2008, Berrent has traveled through eight countries, documenting and publicizing the struggles of those in developing areas through her blog posts, tweets, images, videos, and her own…

Video Interview with Pandora Founder Tim Westergren

Video Interview with Pandora Founder Tim Westergren

Pandora is one of the Internet’s slow and steady success stories.

After years of work and more than $20 million dollars invested, the company is finally looking at the light of the end of the tunnel: Turning a profit. In this exclusive interview with founder Tim Westergren after a town hall meetup in Richmond, Virginia, we discuss the company’s…

Howard Greenstein on Social Media for Brands and Businesses

Howard Greenstein on Social Media for Brands and Businesses

At Social Media Camp last week in New York City, the real-world value of social media was a hot topic for attendees. Questions about ROI (that’s return on investment for all you vehemently anti-corporate and possibly broke folks) abounded, and true experts were on hand to answer.

One such expert, Howard Greenstein, has a mile-long rap sheet in…

Blonde 2.0 on Social Media for Businesses and Brands

Blonde 2.0 on Social Media for Businesses and Brands

Ayelet Noff, a.k.a. Blonde 2.0, has been a well-regarded, world-traveling social media strategist for more than ten years and is part of Chris Heuer’s AdHocnium unagency, as well. While attending Social Media Camp 2009 in New York City, she took some time to talk with us about the mistakes and misunderstandings she’s seen countless brands encounter…