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The big-bet venture capital model works on occasion in Silicon Valley, but it seldom works elsewhere. Dale Dougherty mulls the trajectory of non-VC startups: the small firms that don't need an exit strategy because the business creates its own type of fulfillment.
In this podcast, MIT professor Andrew McAfee applies the insights from his research into the use of social software in the enterprise to understanding how and where technology will change government.
After launching just over a year ago with only 47 data sets, the Data.gov catalog now has 2,326 entries that have been collectively downloaded almost three-quarters of a million times. The big Data.gov winner so far? The Department of the Interior's "Worldwide M1+ Earthquakes, Past 7 Days" data set. Here's a look at the top 10 downloads.
The first NASA IT Summit featured deep views into the future, including an interplanetary Internet, the evolution of computational computing and Gartner's top emerging technologies.
Charles Oliver Nutter discusses his latest attempt to bring the usability and clarity of Ruby to the JVM. In this interview Nutter discusses Mirah, a new, Ruby-like language which can be compiled to bytecode. He discusses some of the advantages of being able to compile to bytecode and how Mirah relates to JRuby.
For those with a fondness for paper book reading, no ebook or book app or shiny, portable reading device can compare to the real thing. Some will cite their appreciation...
As the program co-chair for the upcoming Gov 2.0 Expo, I've had a lot of time to learn about what's happening at the edges of the space. And through my experience working on the topic with the Department of Defense, and now through a different lens at Microsoft's public sector division, I've had a lot of time to think about where it's been, and where it is now. I've seen three phases in what most people would agree is "Government 2.0" -- a phase of surprise, a phase of experimentation, and a phase of solutions.
Topics in this week Gov 2.0 Week in Review include: Open 311, OGI, open government, open source, revisiting net neutrality and disaster response 2.0. If you have news and tips about the government 2.0 space, please let me know at alex@oreilly.com or @digiphile on Twitter.
Building a multilingual site is often a difficult and expensive task, not because there is anything especially difficult about hiring translators, but because web publishing and application development tools tend to treat translation as an after thought. However, there is a cheap and easy way to do this, using a translation proxy server. The Worldwide Lexicon, an open source translation platform which I developed, has released just such a beast.
Marketing 2.0 is about companies engaging and addressing the needs and interests of the consumer or risk losing credibility and quickly becoming irrelevant. Marketing is less about generating one-to-many discussions, in the form of advertisements or press releases, and more about creating an ongoing dialogue with customers...
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