Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

November 21, 2012 2:51 am
LEAKED: Myspaces master plan to raise 50 million and re-launch as a spotify killer
I think it makes sense to go after spotify rather than the traditional social networks if they’re going all in on the music part, though it’s really hard to see them getting past the prior image of the product. I always knew about the low royalties issue but I feel like spotify losing money just kind of popped up suddenly, really shows how good of a spin artist Daniel Ek is or how good he is at finding capital. If nothing else it would be nice if myspace actually added a more artist friendly aspect to the streaming model, which it’s social roots might give it an opportunity at.

LEAKED: Myspaces master plan to raise 50 million and re-launch as a spotify killer

I think it makes sense to go after spotify rather than the traditional social networks if they’re going all in on the music part, though it’s really hard to see them getting past the prior image of the product. I always knew about the low royalties issue but I feel like spotify losing money just kind of popped up suddenly, really shows how good of a spin artist Daniel Ek is or how good he is at finding capital. If nothing else it would be nice if myspace actually added a more artist friendly aspect to the streaming model, which it’s social roots might give it an opportunity at.

September 27, 2012 8:22 pm
stoweboyd:

theatlantic:

Facebook Has Officially Popped the Start-Up Bubble

Following Facebook’s IPO we declared a bubble burst and now we’re seeing that hit the start-up ecosystem as investor money becomes harder to find. ”The frothy bubble is over,” an analyst told The Wall Street Journal’s Pui Wing Tam and Amir Efrati. And that defrothing has happened in large part because of Facebook’s performance over the last three months. It’s not just the social network’s stock that has failed to boom in the months following its public offering, fledgling tech companies are now having a hard time raising money, as a result. Rather than just fork over the bucks to an up-and-coming app, investors have a new found curiosity in potential profitability and revenue. See: investors want to put money into companies that will bring mega riches. Before, users were enough to feed those fantasies. But Facebook’s wimpy stock has since crushed that dream, making it harder for these other social media start-ups to convince investors to buy in. 

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

The growth bubble has popped for tech, too, not just in finance and housing.

heeeyyy it finally happened.

stoweboyd:

theatlantic:

Facebook Has Officially Popped the Start-Up Bubble

Following Facebook’s IPO we declared a bubble burst and now we’re seeing that hit the start-up ecosystem as investor money becomes harder to find. ”The frothy bubble is over,” an analyst told The Wall Street Journal’s Pui Wing Tam and Amir Efrati. And that defrothing has happened in large part because of Facebook’s performance over the last three months. It’s not just the social network’s stock that has failed to boom in the months following its public offering, fledgling tech companies are now having a hard time raising money, as a result. Rather than just fork over the bucks to an up-and-coming app, investors have a new found curiosity in potential profitability and revenue. See: investors want to put money into companies that will bring mega riches. Before, users were enough to feed those fantasies. But Facebook’s wimpy stock has since crushed that dream, making it harder for these other social media start-ups to convince investors to buy in. 

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

The growth bubble has popped for tech, too, not just in finance and housing.

heeeyyy it finally happened.

July 3, 2012 10:40 pm
Technology - Bill Davidow - What Happened to Silicon Values? - The Atlantic

Excellent points, however I think the author misses one major component of the issue, and that is that in a lot of cases consumers aren’t technically customers. Sure Facebook and Google have to keep us happy to an extent, but ultimately the money is being made elsewhere. Unlike the tendency of others commenting on this dilemma I don’t see this as a definite threat, but it certainly creates incentives that could make decisions that are harmful to the single person enticing. It is still wrong for business practices to exploit and abuse the consumer, but what these businesses do has changed and that has played a major role in the shift in mindset.

July 1, 2012 2:59 am
#waywire, Cory Booker’s Personalized News Startup, Uses Video To Give Youth A Voice

As big of a fan as I am of Cory Booker and his tendency to actually DO things, I really don’t see this taking off, much less changing anything.  The only “millenials” it would appeal to already have their resources and just because the reporters are in that age group it doesn’t make them any less biased than the current media.  This basically combining youtube and rss feeds in terms of delivery, really not the revolutionary idea journalism needs on the internet.

June 15, 2012 1:51 am
nycedc:

The Northside Festival, Brooklyn’s biggest music, film, art and innovation event, is returning this year with over 350 bands, 50 new films, Northside Open Studios, and a new track: Northside Entrepreneurship. The 8-day festival will be held June 14-21, 2012 and sprawls across venues in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Downtown Brooklyn.
Northside Entrepreneurship (June 14-15) highlights “what’s next” by bringing together New York City’s top innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors through more than 40 panels, 100 speakers, and 20,000 square feet of exhibition space. Find out more about the panelists and schedule at www.northsidefestival.com.
Don’t miss “Startup Campus” on June 14th at NYU-Poly’s Downtown Brooklyn/Metrotech campus, where Northside Festival is partnering with NYU, NYU-Poly and the newly announced NYU CUSP – one of our Applied Sciences NYC campuses! The day-long program pairs young innovators with established business leaders in wide-ranging discussions moderated by academics from NYU and NYU-Poly. Check out the full schedule. Free shuttles from the Northside Warehouse at 149 Kent to the Startup Campus will be running regularly throughout the day. 
Thanks to everyone who signed up to attend Northside Entrepreneurship through our website! We had a great response and reached our maximum. Northside Festival will contact you through email to let you know further instructions on picking up your badge. See you tomorrow in Brooklyn!

This sounds pretty cool, kind of like a smaller SxSW and in Brooklyn.

nycedc:

The Northside Festival, Brooklyn’s biggest music, film, art and innovation event, is returning this year with over 350 bands, 50 new films, Northside Open Studios, and a new track: Northside Entrepreneurship. The 8-day festival will be held June 14-21, 2012 and sprawls across venues in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Downtown Brooklyn.

Northside Entrepreneurship (June 14-15) highlights “what’s next” by bringing together New York City’s top innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors through more than 40 panels, 100 speakers, and 20,000 square feet of exhibition space. Find out more about the panelists and schedule at www.northsidefestival.com.

Don’t miss “Startup Campus” on June 14th at NYU-Poly’s Downtown Brooklyn/Metrotech campus, where Northside Festival is partnering with NYU, NYU-Poly and the newly announced NYU CUSP – one of our Applied Sciences NYC campuses! The day-long program pairs young innovators with established business leaders in wide-ranging discussions moderated by academics from NYU and NYU-Poly. Check out the full schedule. Free shuttles from the Northside Warehouse at 149 Kent to the Startup Campus will be running regularly throughout the day. 

Thanks to everyone who signed up to attend Northside Entrepreneurship through our website! We had a great response and reached our maximum. Northside Festival will contact you through email to let you know further instructions on picking up your badge. See you tomorrow in Brooklyn!

This sounds pretty cool, kind of like a smaller SxSW and in Brooklyn.

June 3, 2012 1:20 am
Badgering Away: We don't need another recommendation engine

badgeringaway:

Out of the plethora of startup and other music tech companies out there, the one thing that is apparent to me is the lack of any that strike at the heart of some very serious and tough problems that the industry faces.

In summary:

We don’t need yet another recommendation engine!!

http://music.failblog.org/2012/03/24/music-fails-maybe-you-should-listen-to-more/

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A lot of this fits in with Tim Berners-Lee’s TED talk about web 3.0 and linked data a couple of years ago.  We’ve become so inundated with content that the primary objective people see is how to connect and filter it.

May 15, 2012 4:50 pm April 19, 2012 7:51 pm
Is Twitter trying to end the tech patent wars? - CNN.com

This seems to be a step in the right direction. I still think patents need to be overhauled but giving more power to the individual at least creates a greater concern for innovation.

April 18, 2012 8:47 pm
The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic

“For at least five years, we’ve been working with the same operating logic in the consumer technology game. This is what it looks like:

There will be ratings and photos and a network of friends imported, borrowed, or stolen from one of the big social networks. There will be an emphasis on connections between people, things, and places. That is to say, the software you run on your phone will try to get you to help it understand what and who you care about out there in the world. Because all that stuff can be transmuted into valuable information for advertisers.”

April 5, 2012 6:28 pm
JOBS Act: 5 things to look forward to (and 5 to dread) | Rafe's Radar - CNET News

I’ve mostly been supportive of this bill and am glad it is officially signed, but there are 2 sides to every story, even if I personally believe some of the cons cancel each other out (the greater personal liability mentioned in 3 could limit the amount of scam companies that are almost guaranteed to be bred from this policy). Should be interesting to see who cashes in on this.