I’m pleased to post Show # 212, May 14, my interview with three-time Hearsay Culture guest Larry Downes, co-author of Big Bang Disruption, on disruptive technology and business strategies. Larry and his co-author Paul Nunes (who was not on the show) have written an insightful and enjoyable book looking at both the causes of and reaction to disruptive technologies by new and traditional businesses alike. Like the book, which is bifurcated between descriptive and proscriptive analysis of rapidly-disruptive technologies, we talked about the meaning and impact of “big bang” distruptive technologies and how companies can both react to and create environments that create disruptive technology. As always, I greatly enjoyed our discussion!
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I am thrilled to post shows #100 and 101! After over three years of shows, a few thank yous are appropriate. While I get into an Oscar-type thank you speech on show #100, I thank my friends at KZSU-FM (especially Mark Lawrence and Kathryn Todd, as well as numerous DJs) and Stanford Law School (especially former Center for Internet and Society colleagues Lauren Gelman, Jennifer Granick and Larry Lessig, as well as Mark Lemley and Joe Neto) for their early, continuing and ongoing support! Of course, the show would not be what it is without great guests, and I thank all 101! Lastly, thanks much to my wonderful wife Heidi, who has been my staunchest supporter and friend, and without whom I would be far the poorer.
Show #100, October 28 is my interview with William Patry, Esq., Senior Copyright Counsel at Google, author of Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars. Bill has written a thorough and descriptive overview of the state of the battle over the contours of copyright. In the interview, we discuss his personal interactions with Jack Valenti, as well as his critique of the nature of language in the efforts to frame the issues from all sides. While we do not discuss the status of the book search settlement negotiations, we cover plenty of fertile ground and I greatly enjoyed his insights and our discussion (hopefully Bill will come back on after the settlement is complete!)
Show #101, November 4 is my interview with repeat guest Larry Downes, author of The Laws of Disruption. Larry’s book, written for a broad audience, shows how technology has outpaced law in a variety of areas. We discuss a wide range of topics in furtherance of understanding how we might react to various changes in technology and society. Larry’s book is eminently readable and I greatly enjoyed the show and discussion!
I am pleased to post Show #46, my interview with Adjunct Prof. Larry Downes of U.C. Berkeley School of Information (and CIS Non-Resident Fellow) on business innovation. The genesis of this show was Larry’s blog post regarding parallels between the industrial and Internet revolutions. We discussed this post as well as the larger questions of whether the industrial revolution is indeed the proper comparator to our current changes. Larry is a great guest and scholar, so I hope that you enjoy the show!
Also, I’ll return to live-blogging next week at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, an amazing and extremely valuable conference for IP folks to present their works-in-progress and get feedback from their colleagues. I have been consistently impressed at how supportive the IP prof community is of new profs, and am grateful for their anticipated feedback on my current (very early) work-in-progress, “Incentivizing Government: The People’s Trade Secrets”. Of course, I welcome any comments from anyone who wants to take the time; you can email me at email@example.com.
Live-blogging will also allow me to pay closer attention and maybe offer some comments of my own. Unfortunately, since there are parallel sessions going for most of the conference, I will be unable to cover every presentation. I also intend to follow-up with some people about being guests on the show. So it will be a busy few days!
I’ll cross post the live-blog on my blog on the CIS website. Hope you find it useful!