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This session on the real time web features Raj Narayan (Tinker), Loic Le Meur (Seesmic), and Baratunde Thurston (The Onion). Moderated by Jeff Pulver (Pulver.com).
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur is the CEO behind Seesmic. He founded the company in 2007, with the goal of turning online video into a powerful medium for threaded, interactive video conversations.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Le Meur launched several companies prior to Seesmic including: shared web hosting company RapidSite, (acquired by France Telecom), B2L, an interactive agency (acquired by BBDO) and Ublog (acquired by SixApart), after which Le Meur became Chairman of SixApart Europe.
In addition to his hands-on entrepreneurial expertise, Le Meur serves as a board member of Europe's no.1 dating site Meetic and leading online bank Boursorama. He also acts as a venture partner for Wellington Partners, and he helps bolster innovation in Europe through his conference LeWeb, Europe's leading web conference for businesses and web 2.0 entrepreneurs.
Le Meur took an active role in French President's Sarkozy's campaign, helping galvanize thousands of bloggers to support the candidate. Recently, BusinessWeek Magazine named Le Meur one of The 25 Most Influential People on the Web. Le Meur was also named "Young Global Leader" by WEF. Originally from the South of France, Le Meur lives in San Francisco, California.
Raj Narayan is the co-founder, architect and VP of Engineering at Glam Media, the No. 1 pioneering vertical media company in global reach for women online. Narayan also developed the first page-layout editor for the Web and holds two key Internet patents. His work has enabled more than 10 million websites and over a million e-commerce stores.
Most recently, Narayan led the development of Tinker.com, an exciting new application from Glam, which enables search, browsing, and discovery of real-time conversations on social media sites and offers brand advertisers a safe platform to engage with users of the real-time web. Narayan received his B.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jeff Pulver has been called "a habitual entrepreneur who likes to start Internet communications companies." He is known globally as someone who helped popularize the use of Voice over IP (voip) and as the co-founder of Vonage. In 2009 he created the global #140 Characters Conferences, which explores the emerging real-time Internet.
On February 12, 2004, Mr. Pulver's petition for clarification declaring Free World Dialup as an unregulated information service was granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This landmark decision by the FCC was the first decision it made on IP communications.
Baratunde Thurston is a technology-loving comedian from the future who cares enough about the world to engage with it politically. Yes, he votes. Regularly. With an ancestry that includes a great-grandfather who taught himself to read, a grandmother who was the first black employee at the U.S. Supreme Court building and a mother who took over radio stations in the name of the black liberation struggle, Baratunde has long been taught to question authority. It helps that he was raised in Washington, D.C. under crackhead Mayor Marion Barry.
His creative and inquisitive mind, forged by his mother’s lessons and polished by a philosophy degree from Harvard, have found expression in his monthly Fast Company column, on the sound waves of NPR, and on the screens of news networks such as CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera English and This Week In Tech. He even hosted his own show on Discovery Science called Popular Science's Future Of.
Far from simply appearing in media, Baratunde is also helping defining its future. In 2006 he co-founded Jack & Jill Politics, a black political blog whose coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention has been archived by the Library Of Congress. From 2007 to 2012, he helped bring one of America’s finest journalistic institutions into the future, serving as Director of Digital for The Onion. In 2011 he was a judge for the Knight News Challenge, a media innovation contest which funds experiments in the future of news. His book, How To Be Black, was published by Harper Collins in February 2012 and is a New York Times best-seller.
Publicly accessible computer network connecting many smaller networks from around the world. It grew out of a U.S. Defense Department program called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), established in 1969 with connections between computers at the University of California at Los Angeles, Stanford Research Institute, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah. ARPANET's purpose was to conduct research into computer networking in order to provide a secure and survivable communications system in case of war. As the network quickly expanded, academics and researchers in other fields began to use it as well. In 1971 the first program for sending e-mail over a distributed network was developed; by 1973, the year international connections to ARPANET were made (from Britain and Norway), e-mail represented most of the traffic on ARPANET. The 1970s also saw the development of mailing lists, newsgroups and bulletin-board systems, and the TCP/IP communications protocols, which were adopted as standard protocols for ARPANET in 198283, leading to the widespread use of the term Internet. In 1984 the domain name addressing system was introduced. In 1986 the National Science Foundation established the NSFNET, a distributed network of networks capable of handling far greater traffic, and within a year more than 10,000 hosts were connected to the Internet. In 1988 real-time conversation over the network became possible with the development of Internet Relay Chat protocols (seechat). In 1990 ARPANET ceased to exist, leaving behind the NSFNET, and the first commercial dial-up access to the Internet became available. In 1991 the World Wide Web was released to the public (via FTP). The Mosaic browser was released in 1993, and its popularity led to the proliferation of World Wide Web sites and users. In 1995 the NSFNET reverted to the role of a research network, leaving Internet traffic to be routed through network providers rather than NSF supercomputers. That year the Web became the most popular part of the Internet, surpassing the FTP protocols in traffic volume. By 1997 there were more than 10 million hosts on the Internet and more than 1 million registered domain names. Internet access can now be gained via radio signals, cable-television lines, satellites, and fibre-optic connections, though most traffic still uses a part of the public telecommunications (telephone) network. The Internet is widely regarded as a development of vast significance that will affect nearly every aspect of human culture and commerce in ways still only dimly discernible.