Moderator

 

          Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor, All Things Digital, Wall Street Journal

Panelists

Bret Taylor, Co-founder, FriendFeed

Loic Le Meur, Founder, Seesmic

Jeff Clavier, Founder, SoftTech VC

Leah Culver, Co-Founder, Pownce

 

Event Description:

As the consumer web evolves, we're seeing a trend towards immediate sharing of everything about our lives online. The current batch of hot companies in the consumer web space of life-streaming are all about helping you share the important (and sometimes not so important) details of your life with friends and family “as and when they happen”.

The tools that let us broadcast our lives in real-time are radically changing the way we keep in touch with people we know and, for the socially bold or privacy nonchalant, get in touch with people we don’t know. Market leaders are jumping on the bandwagon. Google acquired a key player, Jaiku, few months ago. AOL added life-streaming features to AIM few weeks ago. Come and hear from leading companies in this space, and learn what these thought leaders see as the future of the consumer web.

Bios:

Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor, All Things Digital, Wall Street Journal

Kara Swisher, with Walt Mossberg, co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries. Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column BoomTown originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at WSJ.com.

Bret Taylor, Co-founder, Friendfeed

Before FriendFeed, Bret was a Group Product Manager at Google, where he launched Google Maps, the Google Maps API, and founded Google’s Developer product group. Bret was most recently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital, where he developed FriendFeed with co-founder Jim Norris. Bret has an MS and BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Loic Le Meur, Founder, Seesmic

Loic is the CEO and visionary behind Seesmic, founded in 2007, with the goal of transforming online video into a medium for threaded, interactive video conversation. Prior to Seesmic, Loic incubated several other start-ups including four French companies: Ublog, (merged with Six Apart in 2003) and RapidSite, (acquired by France Telecom in 1999) two popular blog companies, B2L, an interactive agency in 1999 (acquired by BBDO) and LeWeb, one of Europe’s leading web conferences for businesses and web 2.0 innovators in 2005

Jeff Clavier, Founder, SoftTech VC

Jeff Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, a seed stage venture capital firm. Since 2004 Jeff has become one of the most active investors in the Web 2.0 space, financing 40+ early stage startups. Announced in September 2007, his last fund, $12M SoftTech VC II, has invested in 22 companies in a year – most of them being stealth. Jeff’s areas of interest include Social Media and Communities, Search, Monetization, Consumer Infrastructure and Gaming. Before founding SoftTech VC, Jeff was a Partner with RVC (the venture capital arm of Reuters) investing in enterprise software and media. While studying Computer Science in Paris, Jeff developed (in C/Unix) real-time front-office applications for a tiny French startup, Effix, which became a market leader internationally and was acquired by Reuters in 1993.

 Leah Culver, Co-Founder, Pownce

Leah Culver founded Pownce with her friends Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka as a way of sending messages, links, files and events to friends. Leah is the lead developer for the site and spends most of her time working on feature development, fixing bugs, scaling the site, and maintaining the API. She's a recent computer science graduate from the University of Minnesota and enjoys the challenge of developing a web application from scratch. Leah also writes a blog about her experiences as a software developer at leahculver.com.



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