Art of the Pitch

Forbes writes:

At the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., each would-be Sergey Brin or Larry Page had just six minutes each to pitch a roomful of about 100 venture capital investors and potential business partners.

“If you only have six minutes, what VCs really want to know is who you built your product for and how youre going to make money,” says Tim Chang, a partner at Gabrial Venture Partners.

Web and TV

WSJ writes:

Movies and videos are exploding on the Web, but watching them isn’t the laid-back experience that consumers are accustomed to with TV. Viewers have been constrained to the relatively small screens of their laptops, digital-music players or personal computers — away from big TV screens and comfortable furniture of the living room.

The idea is not to simply beam whatever is on the computer screen to the TV. There’s not much demand for reading email or viewing ordinary text-heavy Web sites on a 42-inch flat screen. Instead, tech and media companies are using the Internet as a conduit for transmitting selected content, just as cable is a conduit for getting programming to the TV. And the Internet opens the possibility of sending virtually unlimited content to the TV — from foreign-language films to archived TV shows from the 1960s.

Google Earth Changing Science


Biologists, epidemiologists and disaster control experts are discovering Google Earth as a powerful tool in their work. The success of the digital globe has reawakened interest in computer mapping models.

Epidemiologists, meteorologists and urban planners have also discovered the magic of Google’s model of the globe. For them, one of the program’s most attractive features is the ability to graphically depict many different types of data on the digital planet. They can set position markers for cases of bird flu or the locations of crimes. The markers have already been used to label hundred of volcanoes. Clicking on the volcano markers opens a window containing images and explanatory text and even a Web camera shot of a smoking crater. Maps, showing data such as population density or ocean temperatures for example, can be layered over the globe.