Yesterday, the Mashable Team posted an outstanding compilation — sort of an ‘everything you wanted to know about podcasting, and more’ list. Included are such categories as:
- Podcast Creation Guides (such as iLounge’s Beginner’s Guide to Podcast Creation)
- Podcast Advertising (like Podbridge)
- Video Podcasting (a la blip.tv)
- Mobile Podcasting (see Yodio)
- Podcast to Text (try CastingWords)
- Podcast Directories (such as Yahoo! Podcasts)
Waxxi was named in the Live Podcasting category, as such:
Audio shows streamed live, mainly with notable technologists. Once recorded, the live shows are available as podcasts.
June 14th, 2007
Another great question (not to mention, answer) from the ‘cast with Seth:
“Does Yahoo! have a chance?”
Well, wait a second. Yahoo! makes millions and millions of dollars every day. They have more register users, I think, than just about any other site in the world. And, they deliver huge amounts of information on finance and everything else. Millions and millions of people have Yahoo! mail.
If someone wanted to hand me the keys to Yahoo!, I’d be happy to show up. They’re not doomed, by any stretch of the imagination.
The real question, I think, should be: what’s Yahoo!’s next Dip, and how do they get through it? Is Yahoo! on a dead end in which they’re going to keep cranking out money but not become a superstar in something new. Or, are there Dips that the people at Yahoo! could focus on and put their huge resources behind, and push through. Or, is it a better strategy for them to do forty things, and hope that one of them pops?
And, based on what I’ve said so far today … the way you win on the Internet and everywhere else is to find an area that people are going to choose to talk about, overwhelm it, push through the Dip and then erect a barrier behind you – what I call the Valley of Death – so it’s harder for the Microsofts and the Googles to catch up with you.
May 1st, 2007
This is an incredibly exciting announcement for us: legendary marketeer, writer and speaker Seth Godin will be Waxxi’s next guest. If you’ve never seen him speak, either live or on video, we strongly recommend taking a look at him in action, here at the Googleplex.
Seth’s blogging, books, and speeches have helped transform businesses and organizations by challenging people (CXOs, students, workers, leaders in government and academia, and so on) to think differently, and then do something about it — like going to the edges and being (truly) remarkable.
If you haven’t yet become addicted to reading it, his is one of the most highly regarded business blogs in the world. He’s the man behind Purple Cow, Permission Marketing, Unleashing the Ideavirus – and now, The Dip.
As the title states, The Dip is A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick). We’ll have more coverage on The Dip in future posts, but for now we’d recommend checking out the book’s blog.
On June 6, 2007 at 1:30pm ET, youâ€™ll have the chance to talk to Seth directly (via phone) and/or ask him a question (via IM in the chat room). Here are the details:
WHAT: Waxxi ‘Cast with Seth Godin
WHEN: Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 1:30-2:30pm EDT
HOW: Register here. But hurry! As always, itâ€™s free but spaces are limited.
Bonus read: Guy Kawasaki’s 10 Questions with Seth about The Dip.
April 17th, 2007
The April 5th Waxxi cast with Jimmy Wales is up, and available for your streaming (or downloading) pleasure, here.
At just 32 minutes, this was the shortest cast we’ve done so far, and the first one we haven’t had to cut in two parts. Although the reason for the shortened cast had to do more with Jimmy’s schedule than anything else, it’s a refreshingly nice length.
It’s a fascinating conversation, and while it’s (again, for the first time) just mine and Jimmy’s voices you’ll hear, the interactivity and participation was awesome.
One question, for those of you who prefer text, came from the live chat:
Steve asks: What are the pros and cons of a transparent search algorithm? Are the advantages of having an open book approach to how search is performed worth the risks of some who will use the information to “game” the system?
Yeah, so that is a really core question. And, in a certain sense, the success or failure of this entire concept hinges on that question: which actually will work better in the long run?
So, there are a couple things that I think are pretty clear. When you have an transparent, open search engine with freely licensed software, when people find that thereâ€™s a problem, thereâ€™s a potential for people to actually correct it â€“ and actually have oversight into whatâ€™s gone wrong and how to fix it â€“ that you really donâ€™t get in a proprietary search engine, unless you hire lots and lots of people.
The political implications are, well, theyâ€™re important to me. And I mean political with a small â€˜pâ€™, not really talking about government, but talking about the organization of society, and the organization of information in society. I think as citizens and consumers and producers in the world, we should be concerned about secrecy around such a core piece of the infrastructure of the Internet. So thatâ€™s one of the major pros.
Now, if you talk to security people â€“ so, people who work in computer security â€“ theyâ€™ll always tell you that â€œsecurity through obscurity is a bad idea.â€ In other words, if the way youâ€™re keeping something secure is by keeping it secret so people canâ€™t game it, well youâ€™re always subject to people to figuring it out and gaming it without you noticing. Youâ€™re subject to that kind of attack all the time.
One of the reasons we trust the encryption algorithms that we use is that theyâ€™re published. Theyâ€™re public, and theyâ€™ve been tested by many, many mathematicians and computer programmers. Everybody can throw what they want at it, and try to find a flaw. If youâ€™ve got a secret encryption algorithm, wellâ€¦you just donâ€™t know: I mean, has it really been tested thoroughly? And so forth.
So, I think the same idea applies to search algorithms. If the only reason itâ€™s good is because itâ€™s secret, well, that never lasts. What you really want is to truly begin to solve the problem in a more systematic way. For that I think the open approach is the best.
During the Jimmy Wales ‘cast, some of the fundamental questions involved his new project, Wikia, the future of human-powered search, and competing with Google. Some fantastic content awaits you in the podcast, which will be up on Waxxi very soon.
Can you tell us more about Wikia?
Basically, Wikia is my new project. We are building thousands of Wiki communities in parallel. The way that we like to describe it is that Wikipedia is the encyclopedia, and Wikia is the rest of the library and the magazine racks. So, itâ€™s a totally new organization completely separate from Wikipedia, and growing really quickly. [Weâ€™re] spending a lot of energy in trying to improve the software and make it easier to use, to try to push this whole free culture revolution out to the next wave of participants.
How will human powered search work?
So, the search project is one of the projects of Wikia, and basically what weâ€™re looking at is everything is open source software â€“ all free software. We want to publish all the algorithms; we want to bring some transparency into the search business.
There are a lot of people who are trying to do human powered search, or trying to do new algorithmic search, but I donâ€™t know of anybody whoâ€™s really trying to make a radical commitment to being open and transparent in the sense of free software. So, thatâ€™s basically what our goal is.
How itâ€™s actually going to work? Well, thatâ€™s yet to be determined. I mean, weâ€™re still in the open design stages. Itâ€™s not the kind of thing where we labor for twelve months in stealth mode, then build it all out and announce it in a flurry. Itâ€™s a project to build a search engine, so anyone can participate and weâ€™re discussing and debating how to go about it.
How do you plan to successfully compete with Google? A question via chat, from the incredibly participative Rick Myers:
Umâ€¦I have no idea! I mean, I think the real answer is, if you believe as I do: that quality search is becoming a commodity. So, if you take a look at the results from Yahoo!, look at the search results from Google, from Ask â€“ theyâ€™re really quite similar in many respects, and thatâ€™s been increasingly so in the last couple of years. And then you look at some of the stuff thatâ€™s been going on in the open source world, around search engines. I think weâ€™re in striking distance of having good quality search in a free software package.
If thatâ€™s true, then itâ€™s really a matter of just having the servers and people that manage them, and then you can really compete. If thatâ€™s true, then competition is not about having the most money and the most rocket scientists. Itâ€™s about having open transparency: search results people can trust because they can understand how things are ranked and sorted.
So thatâ€™s basically the approach weâ€™re taking. I donâ€™t normally think much in terms of competition, I think more in terms of finding something cool and fun to do, and doing it.
March 10th, 2007
Yesterday’s mention (Thanks, Mike!) officially counts as the second time we’ve been TechCrunched. Even if on somewhat a smaller scale, what to say about it? Don’t let anyone fool you — it’s a whole lot of fun.
Here’s a geographical representation of some of the people who’ve signed up to participate in Waxxi’s interactive podcast with Jimmy Wales, on April 5th:
- Perth, Australia
- Reykjavik, Iceland (!)
- London, UK
- Dublin, Ireland
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Wellington, New Zealand
Canada: Montreal, Toronto
China: Beijing, Ningbo
India: Mangalore, Nepal
US: New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; West Hollywood, CA; Ellington, CT; Artlington, VA; Menomonie, WI; Vista, CA; Belchertown, MA; West Lafayette, IN; Wilmington, DE; Stonemountain, FL; El Segundo, CA; Reston, VA; Potomac, MD; Greenwich, CT; University Heights, OH
If you’d like to register, go here (but we’re rapidly running out of space, so hurry!) And, thanks to everyone who signed up to be a part of the conversation. Talk to you soon.
February 14th, 2007
We’d like to thank everyone that attended Monday’s interactive podcast with Cory Doctorow, including of course, Mr. Doctorow himself. Some joined by IM, some by phone, and many – both. As expected, it was a fascinating, reeling conversation. Someone once said of Cory, quite accurately, that he was the ultimate interviewee. Fire off a question and what you get back is clear, concise, and brilliant mindshare; an explosion of thought, passion and analysis.
We discussed topics from Disney to DRM, the world of science fiction to the world of the copyfight, Google Book Search, Wikipedia, his upbringing, and (much) more. We’ll post some of the conversation here, and of course the podcast will be available on Waxxi, shortly.
Interestingly, during the recording we experience a slight technical glitch. Suffice to say, it felt more like twelve or so podcasts worth of technical difficulties all rolled into 10 minutes’ time. But what happened in the end is actually the fun part of the story. A participant named Rich (calling from the UK) swiftly took over the conversation, asked Cory questions, and took some from the crowd – like he had done it 1,000 times before. The crowd went wild! They loved it. And, after listening to this great banter for a bit, I came back in when the timing was just right, and continued on. Now that’s participatory.
We’ve always said at Waxxi, the Floor is Yours. We believe the interviewer should take a back seat, and the people should drive the conversation.
Our gratitude again goes out to Cory, as well as a few others:
* the dedicated, hard working, fun loving Waxxi team, which includes our partners-in-design, Inflatble3
January 31st, 2007
For many, Cory Doctorow needs little introduction. He’s co-editor of Boing Boing, one of the world’s most popular blogs (@ 2 million + unique visitors/month), an award winning sci-fi novelist, digital rights activist, and a wickedly brilliant (and nice) human.
Forbes and the World Economic Forum (WEF) tend to agree:
Top 25 Web Celebrities for 2007
WEF’s Young Global Leaders for 2007
I’ve had the chance to meet Cory at the Google Unbound event, and again at NYU’s Free Culture series. He’s been accurately described as a “walking, talking Wikipedia of digital rights” (as I witnessed at NYU), and he’s a self-described ‘nethead’ (meaning he’s been online for as long as he can remember, and has actually written his books online…for years).
To say he’s engaging is a massive understatement. You need only to hear/watch/witness him speak, and you’ll know how very true that is. But, look out. You’d better strap your brain in. Seth Godin on Cory:
I sat next to Cory at a conference today. It was like playing basketball next to Michael Jordan.
We’ll be elaborating on Cory and his work here, up through the event and beyond. For now, here are the details:
WHAT: Interactive Podcast with Cory Doctorow
WHEN: Monday, February 12, 2007 from 1:30-3:00pm PST
HOW: Register here. But hurry!
It’s free, as always, but spaces are limited and you’ll need to register in order to participate.
Cory’s latest short story collection, Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present can be downloaded for free, listened to via podcast , and purchased one of many places (you can get an autographed copy delivered to your door, too).
December 4th, 2006
Used to be that ‘Differentiate or Die’ was the survival catch phrase for organizations in just about any industry. Seems now, the word of the day is one that we like very much: interactive. Don’t believe us? Ask around:
“We can have the coolest content or technology, but changing human behavior is hard,” said Mitch Feinman, senior VP at Fox Mobile Entertainment. “But if you give people a reason to participate, they will.”
Eric Bader, senior VP of MediaVest Worldwide had this to say:
“Too much of what we’re seeing is for branding and awareness — it’s the easy model to graft onto digital,” he said. “But what we’re looking for from digital media is levels of interaction.”
“For us, it’s a lot less about finding ways to use mobile but the ubiquity of the phone to allow you to participate in a campaign,” Bader said. “That it’s interactive is more compelling to us.”
And, (fairly new) CBS Interactive president Quincy Smith:
“The real opportunity for media, in this day and age, is ostensibly the interactive platform, not just online, but mobile and gaming. Basically, promise a way for content companies to get closer than ever to their audience, to build community around their audience, to learn from their audience so they can put out better professional content.”
For months we’ve been preaching this: if we’re in the world of two-way (or social) media, then why are so many platforms still linear? Let people participate. And by that we mean more than commenting (although commenting is great). One of Waxxi’s mottos is: The Floor is Yours. That means, when it comes to a podcast or vidcast, it’s not all about the interviewer, or interviewees. It’s what the people (the viewers, audience, listeners, customers) bring to the table; what they bring to the conversation, experience, and content.
In short: Let Them Participate.
June 19th, 2006
Our next Waxxi interactive podcast will feature two world-renowned figures in technology and business: Michael Parekh and Michael Arrington.
A founder of Goldman Sachs’ Internet Research group, Michael Parekh was one the early pioneers who helped discover, nurture, and fund the foundations of the web as a lead analyst for the IPOs of such organizations as UUNET, Yahoo!, and eBay. Michael (Mukesh) is a native of India and came to the US in 1977. He is passionate about all things Internet and technology, as well as interesting trends he observes, globally.
In building TechCrunch over the last year, Michael (Mike) Arrington helped lay the foundation for the Web 2.0 world we’re living in today, becoming one of its most highly respected pundits, educators, and analysts. Mike is a former corporate attorney (of Wilson Sonsini fame) who has also helped bring public several companies, and is co-founder of edgeio. He grew up in California and Surrey, England, and lives and works in Atherton.
Together, Michaels Parekh and Arrington represent the core of the Internet, and technology: where it’s been, how it’s evolving, and where it’s going.
The date to join in on this global conversation is Thursday, June 29, 2006 and time is 10:30AM PDT. As always, all you need is a phone and/or Internet connectivity.
By dialing in, you’ll not only hear the entire conversation, but have the chance to be a part of it. We’ll give you instructions when you register, but the process is rather simple: hit two buttons on your phone in order to ‘raise your hand’ to ask a question or make a comment.
Many of our members and participants outside the US will choose to use this feature only. This was tremendously effective and important for our first interactive podcast.
We’ll have more details posted shortly. Stay tuned.