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Kaitlin Pike

We’ve seen a number of big media splashes this year about bad user data practices: data theft at Playstation, Facebook’s ever-changing privacy policies, Apple’s iPhone tracking scandal. But how does this affect the younger, smaller startups building their business on user data? How can they prevent similar fiascos and what best practices should they follow?

Attorney Christina Gagnier will answer these questions Thursday at her Web 2.0 Expo session Law and Data. Christina has been active in the field of intellectual property since 2002, and she regularly consults for technology firms on policy issues, including those about user data. Continue Reading »

Kaitlin Pike

Jen DaryWhen she taught writing, Jen Dary would start with a quote from Steven King describing writing as telepathy: “I never opened my mouth and you never opened yours. We’re not even in the same year together, let alone the same room… except we are together. We’re close. We’re having a meeting of the minds.”

“You forget that someone is on the other end reading,” Jen, a Web 2.0 Expo New York speaker and designer, said. “It’s communication… You’re communicating something through your words.” Continue Reading »

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Maybe you’ve been burned before by CSS3. Maybe you held back because you thought it wasn’t ready. Au contraire.

As Web 2.0 Expo New York speaker Denise Jacobs says, CSS3 is set to display your sites in multiple devices right now.  Her session, CSS3: Ripe and Ready to Respond, covers the gamut of CSS3 properties from colors, web fonts, and visual effects, to transitions, animations and media queries.

“CSS3 is the best thing since sliced bread for web design and development,” Jacobs, a designer and much more, said. “If you’re not doing it now it doesn’t take that much to get up to speed.” Continue Reading »

Kaitlin Pike

Not monitoring your online reputation? You may be a tweet away from a company reputation crisis.

“If I am stuck at the airport and the Delta agent is being a jerk to me… there is no way in the world I would be able to get any help or redress 10 years ago. When you got home you could write an angry letter,” Consultant Dorie Clark said. However, our ability to instantly post complaints online changes everything. “Now consumers have been empowered. Now you can do something about it.”

“Because companies want to control their reputation they are going to be on it.” Continue Reading »

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Why yu no guyNote to readers: I debated publishing this article entirely in lolcat speak, but ultimately fought the urge. If you’d prefer to get meta, however, have at it.

Internet memes are like the Force: It’s created by all living things (dogs, cats, socially awkward ducks, Scumbag Steves). It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy of web-based humor together. But while we casually laugh at their absurdity and lingo or obsessively iterate new jokes built on their base, Patrick Davidson of MemeFactory studies and documents this Internet phenomena as part of his PhD program (yes, really), and along with two colleagues is writing a meme textbook. Continue Reading »

Kaitlin Pike

Almost every business struggles to find hardworking, reliable talent. But according to BlogHer’s COO Elisa Camahort Page, there is an easier way.

Elisa will speak at Web 2.0 Expo New York on Non-Traditional Hiring: Mining Your Customer Community as a Rich Hiring Pool. Citing examples from her own hiring experiences at BlogHer, Elisa’s session will highlight the methods your company can use to find brand evangelists, and define strategies that can help you uncover their relevant expertise and skills, and convert them into quality employees. Continue Reading »

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Nick DisabatoRaise your hand if you’ve ever been hoodwinked by manipulative UX design on a website. Maybe they used a bait and switch tactic or disguised ads as navigation options. You likely never returned and are perhaps bitter at the experience – but have you considered that your own website might do the same thing?

If you haven’t, you may want to check out Nick Disabato’s talk at Web 2.0 Expo New York next week, Deceptive UX: How to Trick People and What to Do About It. Nick, author of interaction design book Cadence & Slang, said many companies still don’t understand that a site’s UX can negatively affect people’s opinions about their business practices. Continue Reading »

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Charlie O'DonnellOnly great teams build lasting products and companies. And with a finite number of perfectly suited, talented individuals, businesses must constantly battle to recruit the best: If you’ve been in the web world long, you’re likely intimately familiar with Silicon Valley’s Talent War and similar fights throughout the country.

“For any company, the most important asset you have is your people. Building a great team is the most important ingredient for success,” Charlie O’Donnell of First Round Capital said. Continue Reading »

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Eric Ries, author of Startup Lessons Learned, has a successful career in risk-taking and starting something new.  As he said in Part 1 of our interview, “One of the exciting things that’s happening in this entrepreneurial renaissance is that for the first time, I think the first time in history, entrepreneurship is now a career that you can embark on.”

In part two of our discussion, we covered how the Lean Startup movement has spread, what the latest news is for the Startup Visa Act, and what he’s learned about entrepreneurship along the way. Continue Reading »

Kaitlin Pike

If you’re in the startup scene, you’ve likely read his blog, seen him speak, or met him at a Lean Startup meetup. Eric Ries is one of the most prolific blog writers of entrepreneurial interests, and he’s adding to his long list of accomplishments by coming out with a book this September.

We recently interviewed Eric Ries about his upcoming keynote address at Web 2.0 Expo New York this October, the New York startup scene, and his book (which comes out September 13). In part two of our interview, we discuss how the Lean Startup movement has grown, what he’s learned, the Startup Visa Act, and the Startup America Partnership.  Continue Reading »

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