by Kirk Ladendorf and Bob Metcalfe
Bob Metcalfe, who co-invented Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's Law, has recently relocated to Austin (he how serves as Director of Innovation and teaches the "One Semester Startup" course at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas). Hear his perspectives on relativity, new media in Central Texas, young entrepreneurs, venture capital, the tech bubble and more in this lively one-hour conversation.
J-Lab counts more than 1,200 entrepreneurial news start-ups around the country. Placeblogger counts 4,000-plus placeblogs. These sites often get bad raps from traditional media for being the equivalent of unlicensed drivers behind the wheels of quasi-journalistic enterprises, trafficking in rumors and opinion. Yet many are trying to do the right things, tip-toeing through pay-to-play pressures from advertisers, navigating the reporting of locals' minor infractions, sunsetting search-engine tidbits, and fielding partisan accusations from political candidates. A corps of entrepreneurs is developing new codes of rights and wrongs.
9th–13th March 2012