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Come See: Odeo Reunion and Reid Hoffman at Web 2.0 Expo

If you’re in San Francisco next week, you might want to come by the Web 2.0 Expo, where I’ll be moderating a couple of sessions: a keynote interview with Reid Hoffman, and a reunion of early employees at Odeo (which birthed Twitter) who’ve all gone on to found their own companies.

A Conversation with Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Liz Gannes (All Things D)
4:25pm Wednesday, 03/30/2011

Reid Hoffman, Founder, Executive Chairman, LinkedIn, joins Liz Gannes in conversation on our main stage.

Birth of a Startup (or Eight)

Kevin Systrom (Instagram), Adam Rugel (Trazzler), Tim Roberts (Fitbit), Tony Stubblebine (CrowdVine), Evan ‘Rabble’ Henshaw-Plath (, Dom Sagolla (iPhoneDevCamp)
11:00am Thursday, 03/31/2011

In March 2006, a small podcasting startup called Odeo launched a side project. You now know that side project as Twitter. Interestingly, Twitter is just one of the companies that came out of Odeo; seven employees–or more than half of the company–went on directly to found other ventures, including, Square, Trazzler and CrowdVine. In this session, the various founders reunite for a conversation with Liz Gannes. Was there something special about the atmosphere at Odeo that prompted such intense entrepreneurial activity–or was it sheer coincidence? How did Twitter’s start influence these other companies? And given the range of outcomes from the start-ups, can we see what’s most important: team, product or market? This session will have lots of Q&A, so come prepared to join in.

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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