22 Jul 2007

Sam Sethi, CEO of BlogNation

Sam Sethi is a London-based technology entrepreneur and consultant. Sam recently launched BlogNation, a worldwide network of blogs focusing on Web 2.0, mobile and enterprise startup space in 22 countries around the world (except the United States).

Sam was known in the blogosphere for the good coverage he did at TechCrunch UK. After a public split with Mike Arrington , he began Vecosys, and now BlogNation.

Sam has worked in the IT industry for over 18 years for companies like Microsoft, Netscape, Gateway Computers and CMGi, in a variety of senior technical and marketing roles. Sam has also experienced the joy and pain of running his own start-ups. Recently, Sam has been working as a freelance consultant with companies such as MSN (UK) and BT, helping develop their Web 2.0 strategies.

When not blogging, consulting or presenting, Sam loves nothing better than spending time with his wife & young family, running, drinking fine wine with his friends or watching his beloved Liverpool FC.

Oh, just a quick note to let you know that the audio quality isn’t the best. To make it easy, I have transcribed the conversation below and it will be a good supplement to the podcast.

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17 Jul 2007

KB Chandrasekhar, Global IT Entrepreneur

K.B. Chandrasekhar (”Chandra”) is co-founder, CEO and chairman of the board of Jamcracker. His career as a high-technology entrepreneur has spanned Exodus Communications, Fouress Inc., Rolta India, Ltd and Wipro.

He is also the co-founder and chairman of the board of e4e, Inc., a global technology holding company. Serving since 1998 on the board of directors for Aztec Software and Technology Services Limited, a publicly-traded company in the Bombay Stock Exchange, Chandra was appointed chairman in 2004.

He is actively involved in assisting entrepreneurs and is currently associated with more than 20 investment projects. In 1994, Chandra identified the potential of the Internet and founded Exodus Communications. The company went public in March of 1998 in one of the most successful IPO’s of 1998, and in 1999 Chandra was honored as the Ernst & Young Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year.

Chandra started his first entrepreneurial venture in 1992 with Fouress, Inc., a network software design and development firm with clients including Sun Microsystems, Adaptec, Toshiba, and Lockheed. Within two years, Fouress was a highly profitable company with sales of $1 million per year.

In 1990, Chandra moved to the United States as country manager for Rolta India, Ltd., where he was responsible for business development, marketing, and software consulting services. Chandra began his career in 1983 at Wipro, an Indian information technology company, as a customer support engineer. During his seven years with the company, he advanced through various sales, marketing, and support functions including building highly available networks for satellite applications and managing marketing for its European clients.

Chandra was born and raised in Chennai, India and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Anna University.

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05 Jul 2007

How is Creative Commons Different From iCommons

Dr. Ronaldo Lemos is the director of the Creative Commons Brazil and a member of the Board of iCommons, which makes him the right candidate to explain the differenes between the two organizations.

He is the director of the Center for Technology and Society at the FGV School of Law in Rio, Brazil. He is also the head professor of Intellectual Property law at the same school.

He is one of the founders of Overmundo, the largest Web 2.0 iniative in Brazil. He has earned his LL.B. and LL.D. from the University of Sao Paulo, and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

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29 Jun 2007

SJ Klein Talks About One Laptop Per Child

SJ Klein is director of content at the One Laptop Per Child project. The vision of the project is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves. And one such way is through a very inexpensive yet rugged laptop. OLPC is the brainchild of Nicholas Negroponte, from the MIT Media Lab.

Samuel Klein has spent many years developing collaborative communities. He is an advocate for free universal access to knowledge and tools, and a veteran Wikipedian. He organizined the international Wikimedia conference in Cambridge. Previously he has worked to develop software and supporting communities for machine-assisted human translation, and to set up free education centers.

Klein is interested in local and sustainable knowledge development. He establishes ties with teachers, game developers, and publishers, helping them to understand the need and uses for free and open materials. He is passionate about working with the global community around open education.

In this podcast, SJ talks about the OLPC program and about the laptop itself.

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25 Jun 2007

In Conversation With John Buckman, CEO of Magnatune

John Buckman is a serial entrepreneur, a musician, a marketeer and an open media evengelist, but he’s better known as the CEO of Magnatune, an indpendent, profitable online record label whose tagline closely matches that of Google’s: “We are not evil.”

Ask any musician and he’ll tell you about the unfair treatment and high-handedness of big record labels. They always call the shots and take most of the revenues. John Buckman saw an opportunity here. He created an artist-friendly label that not only shares profits equally with musicians but also allows them to retain the rights to their work.

John sits on the board of Creative Commons and it’s no wonder that he has successfully used the open source principles to establish a unique kind of business model for the music industry.

Prior to founding Magnatune, Buckman founded Lyris Technologies in 1994. Lyris sells software for email newsletters and spam prevention. The company was generating $12 million in annual revenues when Buckman sold it in 2005.

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