Category Archives: events

Web 2.0 Summit 2010 – Thought Leaders Ponder the “Battelle” for the Network Economy

Web 2.0 Summit 2010 – Thought Leaders Ponder the “Battelle” for the Network Economy

11/23/2010 Update: Now that the event is over, you can watch archived videos of the presentations, many of which were outstanding.  See embedded video below or visit the Web 2.0 Summit YouTube playlist for high-quality video of more than 60 sessions.


Web 2.0 Summit: “Points of Control” Conversations

Industry leaders, pundits, journalists and assorted hangers-on (such as yours truly) are gathering in San Francisco for the annual Web 2.0 Summit, one of the online industry’s most influential events.

John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly moderate conversations with a long list of Web luminaries, including:

  • CEOs:  Eric Schmidt, Carol Bartz, Marc Benioff, Reed Hastings, Jim Balsillie, Robin Li, Shantanu Narayen, Jeff Weiner
  • Entrepreneurs:  Tony Hsieh, Evan Williams, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Pincus, Jeremy Stoppelman, Rich Rosenblatt, Toni Schneider
  • Investors:  Ron Conway, John Doerr, Fred Wilson, Vinod Khosla, Bill Gurley, Frank Quattrone
  • Dealmakers:  Peter Chernin, Ari Emanuel, Mary Meeker

and many others.  Click here for the full list of speakers and here for the conference schedule.  Web 2.0 Summit 2010 Live StreamFor the first time, most of the events will be livestreamed over the Web for free — appropriate for a Web 2.0 conference.   Visit this page for the broadcast schedule and live video.

The most interesting legal/regulatory topic of the week in my view is likely to be net neutrality.  Most of the “Points of Control” on the agenda are areas of business competition, with a few privacy issues thrown in here and there.  (I suppose those who are really into “inside baseball” might want to discuss Angelgate, or Jason Calacanis’ lawsuit against Michael Arrington.)  In today’s first session, Battelle and O’Reilly already traded a few barbs with Eric Schmidt as they discussed the difference between landline and wireless networks, and the joint Google-Verizon statement that sparked plenty of heated debates earlier this year.   With FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC, as one of the upcoming speakers, the issue is sure to come up again.

Schmidt was clear in expressing Google’s point of view that wireless is a competitive business, whereas landline voice and data service still has more monopoly power and needs to be regulated accordingly.  I think things are more complicated than Schmidt would like to have us believe.  Although it seems like there’s plenty of fierce competition between wireless carriers in the US, I judge the market by the state of customer satisfaction — and by that measure, they all pretty much suck.  (Same deal with the airline industry.)  Theoretically, according to the laws of market economics, that shouldn’t happen:  In a truly competitive market, the wireless carriers would compete on quality of service and choice of mobile devices as well as price, to the benefit of consumers.  Anyone who’s wrestled with the decision of whether to endure AT&T’s abysmal service in order to own an iPhone is all too familiar with the tradeoffs inherent in “monopolistic competition.”

SxSW Interactive 2010: Social Media Clubhouse

Bottom Line Law Group is proud to sponsor the Social Media Clubhouse in Austin, Texas during SxSW. The Social Media Club and its founders, Chris Heuer and Kristie Wells, have put a tremendous amount of effort into organizing this event. Following up on the Social Media Week events of last month in San Francisco and around the world, the Clubhouse will host some of the most stimulating discussions during SxSW Interactive. Continue Reading

Crowdsourced Auto Design: Local Motors Audaciously Challenges the Status Quo

As part of Social Media Week, I visited the Autodesk Gallery for a panel discussion entitled “The Next Challenge For The Crowd: Quickly Build Real, Hard, Complex Shit That Matters (Like Cars).” With a title like that, I was not about to miss it. The Rally Fighter parked out front (around the corner from a Tesla roadster, natch) foreshadowed the fascinating discussion inside. Many of the ideas which had been swirling around in my head for the past week coalesced in this 90-minute conversation with Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors; Marten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL; and Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired, moderated by Matt Johnston. Continue Reading

Bottom Line Law Group


2081 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
+1 (415) 729-5405

1450 2nd Street, Suite 109
Santa Monica, CA 90401
+1 (310) 776-5484




Twitter: @techlexica


Verified by MonsterInsights