Daily Archives: February 2, 2008

My videos from Davos

I made quite a few videos on Qik last week while at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Here’s my favorites, not necessarily in order of importance. I marked the must watch videos.

1. Tim O’Reilly and Richard Edelman talk to me about the future of advertising. Tim runs O’Reilly Publishing and did the first advertising on the Internet. Edelman runs the largest independent PR firm in the world.
2. Marcel Reichart, who was on O’Reilly’s panel about future of advertising, talks more about future of advertising. He runs the DLD conference, an influential conference in Munich that got raves, among other things for Burda Media. Then Linda Abrahams, executive vice president from Comscore joined us.
3. Michael Dell about joining the Red campaign.
4. Must watch. Emery Brown, who does computational neuroscience at Harvard, and Cynthia Braezel joins us who does robotics at MIT. Really smart people. You can read more about Cynthia’s social robot here. Emery is doing research into anaesthesiology. You can read more on Harvard’s sleep medicine page about Emery. At about 10 minutes an incredible professor joined the conversation without being prepared. That was Hugh Herr who runs the biomechatronics group at MIT’s media lab. He is working on building new prosthesis for people who’ve lost limbs and you can read more about him here.
5. Must watch. Rick Warren runs the largest church in the United States and has one of the most popular books ever printed (other than the bible): “the Purpose Driven Life.” I was surprised by meeting him, doesn’t come across as conservative and is a guy I probably would enjoy having a beer with. Part I and Part II. Part II is the one I’d watch, it’s about 10 minutes long. Walter Issaacson walks into the interview along with a famous author of Time Magazine (he was editor of Time and ran CNN, along with the LA Olympics).
6. Jimmy Wales, the guy who runs Wikipedia jumped unexpectedly into a longer video at about 18 minutes through this video.
7. Ellen Langer talks to me about her work. In a second part, Mike Arrington and Ellen Langer, who is the first female tenured psychology professor at Harvard, have a five-minute chat (a movie is being made about her and she schools Arrington after he brags that he has more Google hits than she does).
8. Bono records a video for YouTube. “Sorta a rockstar.”
9. Robert Shriver, head of Red Campaign talks to me about what Red is. You can read more about Robert Shriver on Wikipedia.
10. Must watch. Eric Hippeau, managing partner at SoftBank Capital, talks to me about what he’s seeing in the markets (he’s an investor in Huffington Post, among others). He used to be CEO of ZiffDavis and you can read more about him on SoftBank’s site. We are talking about the downturn in the market while waiting in line to get into a talk.
11. William Amelio, CEO of Lenovo about notebooks and other devices.
12. Must watch. Vinod Khosla on investments he’s making to help retard climate change.
13. John Gage, lead researcher at Sun Microsystems talked about some of the things he’s been involved in at Sun (Java, et al). He’s one of the original employees at Sun and you can read more about him on Wikipedia. He was hanging out with Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate in Economics.
14. Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, talks to Loic Le Meur, CEO of Seesmic and me about blogging and Web services. Later in the recording Tim Weber of the BBC joins us at about 11 minutes in.
15. Susan Sawyer of the Huffington Post talks to me about what she’s writing about.
16. danah boyd, social software researcher, talks to me about the sessions she attended on first day and then explained the research she’s doing. At two minutes in they turn the camera around where you get to see me in my tie. Ouch. At three minutes she explains her dissertation that she’s working on.
17. Adrian Monck tells me about YouTube’s “Davos Question.” Adrian is a famous journalist and now teaches journalism and heads City University’s world-renowned Department of Journalism and Publishing in the UK. More on Adrian on Wikipedia.
18. Matthias Lufkens, head of PR for the World Economic Forum, drops in for a quick report on the first day’s events.
19. Tariq Krim, founder and CEO of Netvibes, shows me the latest private beta of Netvibes, which looks damn good.
20. Nick of Reuters talks to me about what they are doing in Second Life and then we meet Phillip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Labs, the folks who make Second Life.
21. Yossi Vardi talks to me about what happened at his Shabbat breakfast.
22. The closing concert by the Bern Symphony Orchestra.

Lots of interesting people and I wish I could have done more video. It was an amazing week and of 3,000 people there it’s too bad that I couldn’t have gotten everyone in front of my camera.

The entrepreneurial neighborhood of Palo Alto

Something is in the water in the neighborhood surrounding Emerson Street in Palo Alto. View map of neighborhood.

This is the neighborhood that’s brought us Google. Paypal. Facebook. HP. Java. BarCamp. Among other things.

But the entrepreneurialism doesn’t end with the big tech names. Gordon Biersch, a popular chain of microbreweries, started on this street.

I first learned about some of the entrepreneurial activity happening in the shadows of bigger companies back when I first took my car to a little garage in this neighborhood back in the early 1990s. If you visit Ole’s Car Shop you’ll meet Ole Christensen. This is no ordinary mechanic. He was so sick of the management systems available to car mechanics that he wrote his own in Microsoft Access and Visual Basic.

He’s not the only guy who has a college degree that’s coming up with new ways to run small businesses in this neighborhood.

On Thursday I went roaming around the neighborhood looking for other entrepreneurial stories.

Mahmut Keskekci, Owner of Sumner Frames

I met up with Mahmut Keskekci. He’s worked in a small retail store, Richard Sumner Gallery, in this neighborhood for 23 years. He moved here from Turkey and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. What does he do now?

He frames Silicon Valley’s most expensive artwork at the shop he now owns, Richard Sumner Gallery. Just a couple of weeks ago he had a million-dollar Picaso in his shop. Today he’s hosting professional photographer Marc Silber, blog, who swears by Mahmut’s work.

Marc Silber, pro photographer

I met up with Mahmut and Marc in the shop and videoed them. Here’s Marc talking about his photography and why he loves Mahmut’s work. Mahmut told me he does framing for the local Stanford University hospital, and local museums, among others. The video gets a little choppy, cause I’m using my cell phone but you get an idea of Mahmut’s philosophy. I restarted the video and we continue the discussion of Marc’s photography and Mahmut’s framing work.

Marc Silber and Mahmut Keskekci

This afternoon if you drop by the gallery you’ll meet both Marc and Mahmut at 3 p.m. for the opening of Marc’s exhibition.

Jessica Gilmartin, co-owner of Fraiche Yogurt -- new Silicon Valley hot spot to hang out

If you’re in the neighborhood, don’t miss the Fraiche Yogurt Shop where you’ll probably meet Jessica Gilmartin, co-owner. She gave up a job in finance to follow her dream of owning her own business. Instantly you’ll see that she has created something special. Just ask the customers, which includes famous Facebook employees and venture capitalists like Jeff Clavier, who says: “People, these things are SOOOO good. You have to try them out.” (I caught him eating one of Jessica’s treats).

Her store was packed the day I came in. I asked Jessica what her secret was (the shop has been open less than a year and it’s rare that such a new retail business gets so busy so fast). She said she was lucky to have a location nearby Facebook, which brings her lots of customers, but then she started talking about her product. Says she’s one of the only stores in the United States that makes their own yogurt on site. She also said that she spends almost every moment of her life in the store and watching her serve customers I realized that she not only is putting in the hours, but also pouring her soul into her work.

Fraiche Yogurt

Chocolate block in Yogurt shop

She told me that she wanted to make treats that were healthy, not just sweet. Even her toppings are pretty unique with a good mixture of fruit, nuts, and a block of chocolate that caught my attention.

Anyway, if you find me in the shop, now you know why. Damn these things are yummy!

Jessica Gilmartin serves at Fraiche Yogurt

More photos from my walk around the neighborhood are on my Flickr feed along with some snaps I made of Larry Lessig. Maybe I’ll see you over at the yogurt shop this afternoon. Who knows what kind of entrepreneur you’ll run into there!