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Docstoc CEO Jason Nazar Speaks!

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On a recent visit to Los Angeles, BoomTown stopped in at the Santa Monica HQ of Docstoc, a start-up aimed at document-sharing online.

I have long been interested in the next paradigm for all sorts of publishing (see a post on my visit to larger rival Scribd tomorrow).

And Docstoc is certainly among the more innovative sites, letting users store, search and share business, legal and other documents for free.

Founded by Jason Nazar (CEO) and Alon Shwartz (CTO) and armed with several million dollars in funding from angels and venture firms–such as MySpace COO Michael Jones and Rustic Canyon Partners–Docstoc has seen millions of documents of all kinds uploaded.

Whether this turns into a massive and lucrative business or not is still unclear, but it’s inevitable that one of the start-up players will become the dominant place to find professional documents.

Nazar, whose previous life was as a consultant, talked about all this and more in my video interview:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik