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February 16 2014


February 11 2014


Gillmor Gang 02.08.14: Stirred Not Shaken

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Sunday, February 9, 2014. http://techcrunch.com/video/gillmor-gang-stirred-not-shaken/518117372/
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February 02 2014


Gillmor Gang 01.31.14: Brand Royalty

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — seem perfectly willing to predict the futility of the next Microsoft CEO, and even perhaps the next Bill Gates. But we can only successor-surf so long before returning to the more heady war of the social stream. You can decide for yourself, but this feisty show was supercharged by @jtaschek’s minority report on the heir apparent and never really let up. From @kteare’s posit of Facebook devolution to everybody’s fascination with the mirage of brand loyalty, the emerging point is still elusive. Namely, that we’ll know it when we see it, and reward each and every app that fits into the puzzle with a notification seat at the table. @scobleizer is right: it will be close to impossible to dislodge Uber, as long as someone comes along with another key function that extends, and then absorbs, the current shareholders of the new economics of app magnetism. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @jtaschek, @kteare, @kevinmarks Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/01/gillmor-gang-brand-royalty/

January 28 2014


Gillmor Gang 01.25.14: Turn Turn Turn

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 25, 2014. http://techcrunch.com/video/gillmor-gang-turn-turn-turn/518102187/

January 12 2014


Gillmor Gang 01.10.14: Kick the Can

The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — digest the complete lack of CES news and the consolidation of the aggregation newsletters. Jason Calicanis’ Launch newsletter went pay-only today, as tech news and events appear to be in a maturing phase. With new sites appearing from All-Things D vets Mossberg and Swisher and a NY Times redesign, the impact of mobile is beginning to sink in. 4K Netflix awaits a broader adoption of plus-15megabit download speeds, but if House of Cards can make Kevin Spacey VP without a vote, anything is possible. PC sales dropped another 10%, iOS content surged, and battery case sales are booming. It was a very Binging New Year at the streaming box office. @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @kteare, @kevinmarks Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/11/gillmor-gang-kick-the-can/

December 28 2013


Gillmor Gang 12.27.13: Almost Full

The Gillmor Gang — Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, John Taschek, Robert Scoble, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 27, 2013. http://techcrunch.com/video/gillmor-gang-almost-full/518067795/

December 22 2013


Gillmor Gang 12.20.13: Robophobia

The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — talk about what it means to be human in a digital age. The rise of the stream threatens to overwhelm us, and the Gang seems bent on drowning in wearables. But maybe that’s just a harsh look at a tough nut we’re all trying to crack: keeping up with the impossible flow. Meanwhile, @dannysullivan delivers a TED talk on Google algorithm repair, @jtaschek charms the chat room with his advance look at @scobleizer’s next book The Shrinking Size of Everything, and @dbfarber talks of the coming mindful computer. “But you’ll have to have them all pulled out after the Savoy Truffle.” @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @dannysullivan, @scobleizer, @jtaschek Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/21/gillmor-gang-robophobia/

December 16 2013


Gillmor Gang 12.13.13: Brain Chemistry

The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor — take the edge off of a slow week with a relaxed conversation about Instagram and Twitter direct messages, online anonymity, its effects on the brain, and Google’s reasons for cacheing Gmail images. Occasionally Farber disappears to throw another log on the fire. In the chatroom, Moe Glitz asks the musical question: Do Hells Angels use Facebook? Keith does the entire show from China (where he’s more than almost famous) in his underpants. The budget deal is set, the Pope outpoints Snowden, and no one complains about a little political analysis. It was that kind of week. Life surprises even when it’s not trying. @stevegillmor, @jtaschek, @kteare, @dbfarber Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/14/gillmor-gang-brain-chemistry/

December 07 2013


Gillmor Gang 12.06.13: Game of Drones

The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Doc Searls, and Steve Gillmor — imagine a world 30 years in the future and discover it looks pretty much the same. A world where drones drop things off and pick them up, too. Why buy when you can rinse, rent, and repeat. The signs are everywhere, as the cloud makes anything possible at startup scale. The question is, can anyone but Google and Apple win? Form versus function is the framing of the media, but perhaps the real winners will capture the broad audience with fitness data topped with media services. Twitter is serving up viral swarms around binge programming, and soon we’ll be telling our wrist bands to sort the mail and start the dishwasher. It’s more and more difficult to tell the robots from their makers. Pass the oil, please. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @borthwick, @dbfarber, @scobleizer Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/07/gillmor-gang-game-of-drones/

November 18 2013


Gillmor Gang 11.15.13: Daft Monopolists

The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — act their age in the style of Steve Ballmer, who thinks he’s of an older time where the world’s not going. I’m not so sure he’s right about that, what with SnapChat taking a pass on $3 billion ephemeral oh-so-direct messages. Surely the snark social leader fits like a glove with the younger set, but at its core the underlying motives are straight out of Game of Thrones. At least that’s what I’ve been told, not having caught up yet on TV To Go’s latest offerings. James Spader’s Breaking Badder act on NBC and Scandal’s cliffhanger a week may be symptoms of the New Hollywood as rendered in BYOB(inge) terms, but surely the table stakes are being set anew with Broadcast + 7 the new normal. Plenty going on for a slow week, yet even time for incomprehensible soccer and JSON threads. See you at Dreamforce. @stevegillmor, @jtaschek, @kevinmarks, @kteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/16/gillmor-gang-daft-monopolists/

November 10 2013


Gillmor Gang 11.09.13: Hocus Pocus

The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — find themselves in a quandary over Steven Elop’s alleged exit strategy for Microsoft. Is he really serious, dumping XBox and casting aside Bing? Or is this just a magician’s sleight of hand, misdirecting the attention from the more radical idea of abandoning Windows to save Office. The Gang is torn on whether Office can make the voyage to mobile or not, but with Bill Gates’ so-rumored involvement in the Post-Ballmer strategy, it seems unlikely the next CEO will stop protecting Windows by making Office cross-platform. Head of MS PR Frank Shaw is openly dismissive of the Bloomberg story, and most pundits doubt Elop will get the job turning the aircraft carrier around. It may be fiction, but our bet is some version of this story will be the rabbit pulled out of this hat. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @kevinmarks, @dannysullivan, @jtaschek Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/09/gillmor-gang-hocus-pocus/

November 03 2013


Gillmor Gang 11.01.13: Dynamic Clusters

The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — move further and further toward the Golden Age of Push Notification. What some see as a fragmented sea of apps, others see as a ripe opportunity to unify notifications as the successor to email, social streaming to the core. As Windows gets sucked into the tidal wave of mobility, it’s up to individual apps to intermediate themselves into the relentless flow. Out of the soup of retweets, @mentions, and other graph-aware signals, a new hierarchy is presenting itself as an alternative to the conventional email aristocracy. The enterprise is not convinced of the viability of a meritocracy-driven individual contributorship, but luckily nothing else has yet surfaced to rule it out. Meanwhile, the slow iterative thinning of the tablet is fashioning a new template for navigating the new world, swimming against the tide in ecstatic leaps up the stream. @stevegillmor, @borthwick, @kteare, @kevinmarks, @jtaschek Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/02/gillmor-gang-dynamic-clusters/

October 26 2013


Gillmor Gang 10.22.13: Free as a Bird

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — recorded a Tuesday evening session in the wake of Apple’s iPad refresh announcements. Tim Cook cemented control of the company by open-pricing apps and OS for the price of the hardware. In so doing, Apple did what Google has been doing for years: free upgrades to enhance the network effects of the platform. The hardware continues to attract not only the core faithful but a growing number of tire kickers for enhanced collaborative services. The freed-up iWork apps may seem like an attack on Office, but the easier target is Google Apps. Google is forced to counter by playing ball with iPhone users to retain cross platform share for Google Now, and the big prize of push notification keeps opening up a lead in aggregate with Microsoft fading fast. @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @scobleizer, @kteare, @kevinmarks Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/26/gillmor-gang-free-as-a-bird/

October 06 2013


Gillmor Gang 10.04.13: IPOed

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — Sure, we talked about the Twitter IPO, about the Bitcoin Bust, about whether Apple is a hardware or software company, and other stuff. Looming in the background was the idea that our politics have atrophied yet more to complete decrepitude, that we could unring the bell of the election, that the collapse in Washington was nothing more than a preexisting condition. It’s a dullard’s version of Chicken, and no matter how far we slide, there’s still more to go. But luckily, we have hashtags and social graphs to keep us amused while the republic goes under in the slowest possible version of realtime. I’m glad Ev’s a billionaire so we can get Track reinstalled. Waiting for the electrician, anyone? @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @kteare, @jtaschek, @kevinmarks Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/05/gillmor-gang-ipoed/

September 28 2013


Gillmor Gang 09.28.13: Sensorship

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — new iPhone + new OS = continued Apple domination. Twitter vacillates between NYSE and NASDAQ. Age of Context The Book ships as publishing gestation shrinks from 9 months to 2 weeks. It is only toward the end of the show that someone in the chat notices @scobleizer isn’t wearing Google Glass. Apple keeps on piling up yardage, reminding us not only of Steve Jobs’ prophetic vision of the future, but his persistent hammerlock on our wallets. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @kteare, @jtaschek, @kevinmarks Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/28/gillmor-gang-sensorship/

September 15 2013


Gillmor Gang 09.13.13: Inch by Inch

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — added up the Apple announcements, the Twitter IPO, and why Chromecast’s Cloud-to-Device model will stick. No consensus on this last point, but since AirPlay does a little of both strategies, we’ll know soon enough. The biometric capabilities and low-power bluetooth chip of the new iPhones may not seem a breakthrough, based as the tech is on well-trod ground. But mobile is about the signature of its omnipresence, and the thumbprint will save bucketloads of time that will endow the new habits with strategic signatures and business models they suggest. Meanwhile, I’m off to AutoRip me a new one. @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @jtaschek, @scobleizer, @kteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/14/gillmor-gang-inch-by-inch/

September 07 2013


Gillmor Gang 09.06.13: Running On Empty

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — why September 10 will be a turning point for Tim Cook, why the Microsoft/Nokia acquisition/Ballmer resignation had it backwards, why iWatch stands for software not hardware. Confusion makes for interesting times, or something like that. We’re caught in a vortex of boredom, say some of us, waiting for rescue by a leader with a dream. But while we wait, the house of cards known as the technology business continues its dramatic push forward, with no end in sight. It’s a Golden Age of the Movies, a Renaissance of the Possible, a time to enjoy the show. @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @jtaschek, @scobleizer, @kteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/07/gillmor-gang-running-on-empty/

August 25 2013


Gillmor Gang 08.24.13: Watching the River Flow

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Doc Searls, and Steve Gillmor — digest the resignation of Steve Ballmer and its potential impact on the direction of the Post-PC Era. Whether he was pushed by Bill Gates or what, it’s clear something changed in the last few days. Just how or who can do better will soon be apparent, as Ballmer’s lame duck term has been accelerated by a cheering Wall Street. Below the fold but no less an aftereffect of the Microsoft decline is the continuing story of the Social App Revolution, as Al Jazeera struggles with the transition to mobile, @dsearls laments the threat to the 4th Amendment, and as Moe Glitz puts it in the chat: Apple is The Beatles. Google is The Stones and Microsoft are The Monkees. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @dbfarber, @dsearls, @kevinmarks http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/24/gillmor-gang-watching-the-river-flow/

August 19 2013


Gillmor Gang 08.16.13: Drunken Avatars

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — turned what seemed like a slow news week into a tour of emergent hardware and big tech ideas. A Down-Under visitor to Robert Scoble’s studio showed us how he used a 3D printer to prototype a Steadicam-like handheld image stabilizer. Closer to home, we handicapped Elon Musk’s HyperLoop project, the possibility of using wearable computers to detect an interest in donuts from eye movements, and the timing of the end of Apple’s year-long drought of new product. As the new school year approaches, even a slow week turns out to be bursting with promise. @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @scobleizer, @kteare, @kevinmarks Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/17/gillmor-gang-drunken-avatars/

August 11 2013


Gillmor Gang 08.10.13: I Spy

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — well, let’s just say this show went to some very strange places. Kangaroo balls, Google auto-urinary services, the real reason Jeff Bezos bought a newspaper, and other details of the Lull before the Next Storm. Much to be entertained with, but bolstered by some serious business about the tradeoffs around privacy in a dangerous world. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @scobleizer, @kteare, @kevinmarks Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/10/gillmor-gang-i-spy/
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