Kara Swisher

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Questions for Steve and Bill: Ron Conway, Investor

While Walt and I will come up with our own questions for Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs, who will be appearing in an historic joint interview at our D conference in one week, I was curious what others–some tech folks and some not in the industry–would ask the tech legends if they could in this post.

Here’s the first question from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway, prominent angel investor (he actually founded Angel Investors and backs a plethora of Web start-ups). He was curious about that old chestnut, Digital Rights Management, and its demise.


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The schism between content creators and platforms like Kickstarter, Tumblr and YouTube is generational. It’s people who grew up on the Web versus people who still don’t use it. In Washington, they simply don’t see the way that the Web has completely reconfigured society across classes, education and race. The Internet isn’t real to them yet.

— Yancey Strickler, a founder of Kickstarter, in an email — from an article by the New York Times’ David Carr about the dangers of SOPA