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BoomTown Visits SDForum

BoomTown was the opening keynote for SDForum‘s conference in Silicon Valley last week called “The Business of New Media II,” which was about–well–the business of new media.

Here is the speech I gave, in which I discuss everything from how this AllThingsD.com site was created to the financial prospects of Facebook to how Marie Osmond was robbed on “Dancing With the Stars.” (And she was, my friends, she was!)

It’s in two parts, which should be plenty of material to bore just about anyone except my mother:

Part 1:

Part 2:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work