49 posts and columns on Saul Hansell
Just like other parts of the world, Silicon Valley has its own special magic during the holidays. We gather together around the old-timey glow of a CRT monitor and drag out our old CDs—especially the ones that say things like “Sign up for AOL now and receive 500 hours free.” With the familiar tone of a dial-up modem log-in on the stereo, we can almost smell the sweet aroma of irrational exuberance of holidays past.
Will New York Times Vet Saul Hansell Run AOL’s New Robot Factory, or Something Less Ominous? Let’s Ask Him.After 17 years at the New York Times, journalist Saul Hansell is heading to AOL to do…what exactly? It’s not entirely clear, even to Hansell himself. But he has some interesting ideas.
If BoomTown had known on my recent visit that the New York Times was trying to borrow money, using its spanking new building as collateral, I might have brought a big bag of greenbacks with me just to say I held a mortgage on the stunning edifice. No matter, as I got a most excellent free tour of the Renzo Piano-designed building at 40th Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan and lunch last week from the Times’s longtime and sharp tech reporter Saul Hansell, with whom I did a video interview about the state of the Web and more.