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, 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.

Namedropping at Davos

Hey, I am a sucker for a good name drop. But I take you further than just writing a blog post saying something like “I met Vinod Khosla.”

I turned on my cell phone and let you interview him and others.

The BBC caught me doing this and wrote me up

Here are the videos I did today.

1. Eric Hippeau, managing partner of SoftBank Capital. Talked with me about investments he has made. Lots of content plays like Huffington Post.
2. William Amelio, CEO of Lenovo USA. Showed me Lenovo’s latest laptops and MID device.
3. Vinod Khosla. One of Silicon Valley’s most famous venture capitalists. Talked with me about cement. Oh, and a few other things he is passionate about (green investing).
4. Daniel Shapiro, talked with me about conflict resolution. He is a professor at the Havard Law School and works with governments around the world to try to decrease violence and increase democracy.
5. John Gage, chief researcher at Sun Microsystems. Talked with me about helping people in Africa.
6. Marc Benioff, CEO of, talked with me about trends he is seeing. Loic Le Meur popped in for the conversation and later Tim Weber of the BBC joined in, where he was amazed at the interactivity and questions he got from around the world.
7. Susan Sawyer, writer for the Huffington Post drops in for a chat.
8. John Markoff, senior tech writer for the New York Times and David Kirkpatrick, senior tech writer for Forbes, talk with me about the impact of economic turmoil on tech.
9. Danah Boyd, who is writing a dissertation on her social software research, talks with me about social networking trends she is seeing among teens.
10. Adrian Morick talks with me about the Davos Question, which is the YouTube project that the World Economic Forum is working on to get people around the world to answer how they would change the world.
11. Matthias Leufkins, head of PR for the World Economic Forum, talks with me about what he is seeing on the first day.
12. Mike Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, starts the morning out with a fun chat.
13. Tariq Kim, CEO of Netvibes, gives me a sneak peak at the new version of Netvibes, which looks very compelling.
14. Phillip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Labs, says hi along with Nic from Reuters.

More tomorrow at

Live from Davos

I’m here in the World Economic Forum, writing to you from the headquarters for the Davos Question where I just interviewed the head of PR for the World Economic Forum. Keep in mind that when you see me on my Twitter account I’m actually sending live video and you can ask questions while we film. It’s really incredible to be able to do that and I thank Qik for giving me several cell phones to get lots of video up. The forum has just started (it’s 10 a.m. in the morning here) and I’m meeting incredible people and will bring more to you as I can. Places to watch:

1. My Twitter account. It gets a message every time I start a Qik video. My videos are also posted to the Davos Qik account#.
2. My Qik account. I post videos here frequently.

What are the CEOs talking about? The “economic turmoil” (which is what Matthias Leufkins, head of PR for the World Economic Forum, called it).

The Web 2.0 bloggers are talking about Automattic’s latest investment. Congratulations to Matt Mullenweg and team (they are the ones who produce the blogging software I’m using to type to you here).

Josh Spear is hanging out here too and blogging. So is Mike Arrington.

Davos Question: How to improve the world? My answer: Peas!

The World Economic Forum, which I’m going to attend with Loic Le Meur, Mike Arrington, and a few other people, is asking people a question: how would you improve the world. More on that in a second. Loic Le Meur wrote a post about preparing for Davos.

This proves I’m not really cool, and certainly not really rich, because the really cool or rich attendees from Silicon Valley are flying over on the Google Jet (or some other corporate jet) and not sitting in coach, like we are. Yeah, yeah, I know that some people get invites to fly over on the Google Jet. I know one CEO who went on the Google jet last year, along with a group of Google execs (Google, this year, is throwing a big party at the WEF, also known simply as “Davos”). They asked people to not take pictures on the jet and not talk about it, so my source asked me not to reveal who he is. From what my source told me it’s a pretty nice way to fly to Switzerland, though.

I’d love to come out with a statement that “I’m above being bought off by the Googlers and I won’t accept a ride on the jet, even if offered.” Unfortunately, I’m not so noble. But they probably won’t invite me anyway for fears that I’ll turn on my cell phone and video you what it’s like.

Anyway, back to the Davos question.

My answer? Peas.


Yeah, peas.

You gotta understand that peas made Susan Reynolds world a little better (she has breast cancer, is going into surgery on Friday) and people on Twitter are changing their icons to have peas in solidarity with her. She explains the role peas played in her comfort. Susan is someone I’ve followed for years and she has a blog where she’s talking about her experiences with breast cancer.

Plus, if the world had more peas there’d be less hungry people. So, peas is my answer and I’m sticking to it.

Give that cancer hell Susan! Or, if that doesn’t work, peas will do the job.