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This week (tomorrow) is the San Francisco Music Tech conference which is a must attend event for anyone that loves music and/or technology.  The event brings together entrepreneurs, developers, musicians, investors, and service providers for a full day to talk about how the music industry is evolving and how technology is playing a role in that evolution.

The speaker lineup this year is also quite impressive, here are just a few of the folks that are going to be in attendance:

As you can see it’s going to be quite an eclectic event with a lot of interesting discussions.  I’m really interested in the back story behind a lot of the companies such as Pandora and so hopefully I’ll get time to chat with both Tom and Jeff.  We can see that the music business is greatly evolving.  With the evolution of sites such as Youtube,, Pandora, and Imeem; the indy artists now have a chance at stardom.  We are also seeing a huge difference in how musicians are interacting with their fans, many of them are actively engaging on sites such as twitter interacting and building relationships with people that love their music.  None of these things were possible even a few years ago.  Legal is also a hot topic in the music business as more and more people are starting to download their music for free on the web.  These are just a few of the interesting topics that are sure to be covered.

Here is a full schedule of the event and here is a full speaker lineup.

These are the details on the time and location of the event:

Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
Monday, December, 7 2009
9am – 6pm + cocktail party

Brian has graciously offered a discount of 15% for all the readers of BUB, thanks Brian!

If you want to register for the event visit the registration page and enter in the code “bub” to receive the discount.

Hope to see all of you there!

connect with me on twitter @JacobM

by Jacob Morgan

Every year there are a few must attend conferences and Supernova is one of them.  It’s one of the most unique and eclectic conferences you can attend.  Per the Supernova website:

“Supernova is the only forum to examine all of the opportunities and challenges created in the Network Age. With thought-leaders from business, technology and government, we’re building the most powerful human capital network about networks. And, we not only look at what’s happening today, we’re the first to prepare you for what’s coming tomorrow.”

The theme for this years event is: Change Networks and change is something that is taking place on a global scale from both and individual and from a corporate level.  Things are possible now that were simply unheard of even 5 years ago, but what do we do, how do we do it, and how can we get ready for what’s coming next?  These are all key issues that the Supernova conference will address.

The tracks for the conference are going to be broken down into 4 areas:

  • Changing Networks: The evolving infrastructure
  • Networks For Change: Public policy and social impact
  • Strategic Change: Business implications
  • The Changing World: Daily life and online experiences

Take a look at some of the folks they have speaking at the event:

The event is taking place in San Francisco at the Mission Bay Conference center from December 1-3.  You can register here and if you use the code “gen01″ you will receive $200 off of the registration price.  There are going to be plenty of amazing folks to network with and learn from so come prepared.

I hope to see you there!

by Jacob Morgan (@jacobm)

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This week in San Francisco is Enterprise 2.0, an event geared towards change within enterprise corporations.  Over the past few years we have seen new technologies and tools emerge that are changing the way companies can communicate with their users and with each other.  Organizations cannot cling to old methodologies and processes if they wish to thrive in this new environment.  The shift into E2.0 can best be described by the following screen-shot which was taken directly from the E2.0 website, it clearly depicts where the shift from E1.0 to E2.0 is taking place and it’s something that companies really need to pay attention to.

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You can see from the above screen-shot that a lot of fundamental business ideologies are being transformed which is why it’s so imperative for companies to begin paying attention to what’s going on.  What worked 5 years ago isn’t necessarily going to work today, it’s time for companies to change to adapt.

This years event is taking place at the Moscone North Convention Center from November 2-5.  Some of the speakers include:

  • Rob Tarkoff, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Business Productivity Solutions, Adobe
  • Bruce Morse, Vice President Unified Communications and Collaboration, IBM Software Group
  • Art Fritzson, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Andy Fox, Vice President, Engineering, Novell
  • Jamie Pappas, Manager, Social Media Strategy, EMC
  • and many others

The shift towards new E2.0 companies is going to happen and it’s important that companies understand this so that they can plan and integrate accordingly.  What’s great about the event aside from the impressive list or speakers is that you are actually going to come way with action items you can begin implementing when you get back to the office, this conference will definitely give you something to think about.  I highly recommend that you check out the top ten reasons to attend if you need more convincing.

You can purchase your tickets for the event by visiting the registration page.  I’ll be running around the conference speaking with various folks on how social business is changing their organization, and of course, you can expect me to ask plenty of ROI and accountability related questions.  If you plan on attending don’t forget to let me know or at least come say hi to me, hope to see you there!

by Jacob Morgan


Wolfram Alpha the once dubbed “Google killer” search engine has taken a bold step by introducing a new Iphone app…a new $50 Iphone app.  The price is a bit steep but according to a post on Mashable, this app comes with every bell and whistle you can think of.  Here are just a few things the app offers:

  • graphic calculator
  • mortgage calculator
  • ability to solve complex mathematical equations
  • provide you with census data and information
  • give you historical data for specific dates

Rumor is that if you buy the app you can even leave your kids alone with it and it will babysit them for you (ok kidding on that part).  The question still comes down to whether or not this application is worth $50.  Personally I would find it a bit annoying to start graphic or doing calculus on my iphone, I’d rather stick to the specialized calculators that can do that for me.  Then again, I’m not an advanced mathematics or chemistry student.  I also can’t imagine ever needing to use some of these features on the fly, such as the mortgage calculator.

Accessing Wolfram Alpha from your safari browser on your Iphone also pulls up a lot of useful information that you can research for free, without downloading the $50 app.  I think the app is pretty powerful and gives you access to a lot of information, however I think it’s a bit too expensive. 

Would you buy this app?

by Jacob Morgan


The San Francisco Musictech Summit is one of the most unique events in San Francisco.  It bring together entrepreneurs, developers, musicians, and pretty much anyone who has a passion for music.  Come meet and mingle with the people that help produce and operate some of the most popular music and file sharing sites on the web.

This year Musictech has an awesome lineup of speakers including:

Here are the event details:

Hotel Kabuki
Japantown, San Francisco
Monday, May 18 2009

Since we love you so much we are also going to give all of our bub readers 10% of the regular admission fee.  All you have to do is enter in the code “bub” when you purchase your ticket.  So now you really don’t have an excuse not to go!

If you’d like to help sponsor the event make sure you get ahold of Brian Zisk at: Brianzisk [@]

Register here.

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