Ohanian admitted he had some reservations in May before Facebook's IPO but believes the company, which is dependent on advertising revenue, can rally "if they can invent their way to a new business model, one that still respects users." And while he added that "expectations have been set really, really high," he maintained that "I think they've got the right people in the company to do it."
“Our goal is not just to be a cool food-ordering app,” said Mr. Byun. “We want you to be able to pick up anything, anywhere.”
I love how long-term this term OrderAhead is thinking. TechCrunch launch coverage, too.
They're doing the startup Steve and I applied to Y Combinator with -- I'm so living vicariously through them.
Thanks, Popular Mechanics! Two pages of social media playbook.
The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, was almost universally vilified by those in the tech community. Ryan never co-sponsored the bill, but that didn't stop rumors from circulating that he supported it.
Eventually, Ryan was at least partially forced to make a statement on the bill by pressure from a group of anti-SOPA Reddit users who either found his stance vague or believed he supported the bill. That group began "Operation Pull Ryan," a grassroots effort to support Ryan's opponent in an upcoming Congressional race.
Soon after the Reddit group began gaining momentum, Ryan announced his opposition to SOPA, saying that it would create "the precedent and possibility for undue regulation, censorship and legal abuse." He added that the Internet is "one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history" and it should "stay that way." He did, however, add that Internet piracy was a "legitimate problem."
Now let's work to get the open internet into both the Democrat and Republican party platforms!
Believe me, if I could do it over again I'd give a very different talk. So it goes with hindsight...
The key to our filing is to point out that if the White House really wants to deal with infringement, the absolute best way to do so is to encourage and enable greater innovation.
Big thanks to Mike Masnick for putting this all together - I was very happy to sign on! Tons of awesome innovators on this list.