All pictures by Lunch 2.0 co-founder, Terry Chay

Lunch 2.0 is open for business, feeding the tech set’s hunger for networking. NetGear recently stepped in to connect the social network with its hardware network, to not only serve incredible BBQ, but also highlight its new gear.

Interviews include:

Michael Johnson, Podtech

Jeremiah Owyang, Podtech

Jessica Mah

Joseph Smarr, Plaxo

Jeremy Toeman, Live Digitally

Salah Nassar, NetGear

Dave Kellogg, Lunch 2.0 co-founder

by Brian Solis

Photo Credit: MSNBC

Hat tip over to Owen Thomas of Valleywag on this one. As we count down to the imminent IPO of Facebook, we receive a sign that it may be closer than we think.

On the Facebook Jobs page, the company has put the call out for a Stock Administration Manager.

Stock Administration Manager

Facebook is seeking an experienced Stock Administration Manager to join the Finance team. This is a full time position located in our Downtown Palo Alto office and will report to the Controller.


  • Manage the administration and compliance of all employee equity compensation programs such as Stock options, Restricted stock, RSUs, Warrants
  • Strong knowledge of SEC, FASB, and IRS rules and regulations relating to stock plans and insider trading (including SEC Section 16, SEC Rules 144, 145 and 701, FASB 123R, and IRC Sections 83, 409A, 421, 422 and 423)
  • Provide stock plan analysis and reporting such as Cap table to executive staff
  • Drive implementation of stock administration system such as Equity Edge
  • Partner with Legal, Tax, and Finance to ensure ongoing compliance and for internal and external reporting
  • Develop employee communication and education programs with help of outside council
  • Act as liaison with Legal, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Payroll and Tax Departments
  • Experience with international equity awards
  • Respond to all employee and former employee questions pertaining to stock, creating employee communications
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong internal and external customer relationships and trust and to effectively work with all levels of an organization including executive management


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance or related field preferred
  • CEP designation preferred
  • Proficiency in stock option administration applications
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Minimum 4 years stock administration experience in an international public company, preferably a technology company
  • SOX 404 compliance knowledge
  • Understanding FAS-123R, FAS-123, 409A and other equity financial accounting and tax issues
  • Self-Starter
  • Strong organizational skills and detail oriented
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Apply for this position.

by Brian Solis 

Do you cringe or smile at the thought of tech IPOs?  For the time being, therer’s still reason to smile. 

Yes, it’s almost like watching movies about 9/11. It’s too soon to relive the pain. But Hollywood went ahead and released several movies tackling the difficult subject, which reminded us why we should never forget that day.

Now Wall Street is shedding its fear of the Dot-com bust and is slowly ramping up for some pretty IPOs. Hopefully this time around, the market will approach them differently, to help us sustain a long and healthy tech economy.

According to a recent story in USA Today, tech companies represented  18.3% of IPOs this year, up from 14.7% in the first six months of 2006. That puts tech in the number 2 spot (no pun intended) following healthcare, but ahead of energy.

ShoreTel (SHOR) was the latest to dive into the public market. The company’s stock was offered at $9.50 and closed at $12.15 on its first day of trading.

NetSuite Inc., the San Mateo Internet software maker co-founded by  Larry Ellison, filed its prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission, with plans to raise up to $75 million.

NetSuite is more of a 1.0 player that sells online accounting and other business software to small and midsize businesses. Ellison has personally bankrolled much of the $125 million that NetSuite has raised since it was founded in 1998.


Well folks, it’s the end of the week and most of you were probably on vacation so check out this week’s BubCast to see what you missed! We have last week’s poll results, our photo of the week, highlights from Supernova, news on the iPhone, Technorati, Xbox and more! Be sure to fill out this week’s online poll below!


Just when you thought there was a lull in horrible new startups, along comes one that more than makes up for the public drought.

Web 2.0 Television held its “soft launch” recently in Las Vegas to introduce a new site dedicated to sharing absolutely nothing of value – except gratuitous angles and shots of beautiful women and their assets. While that, in of itself, is usually okay, it is executed and packaged in such a cheesy manner, that you can help but watch in disbelief.

Interestingly, it seems to have decent funding behind it, but it is in dire need of an overhaul – already.

With a name so targeted and limiting as Web 2.0 Television, one would normally get the impression that it is a CMP channel broadcasting the latest news and insights from the Web 2.0 landscape. After all, Tim O’Reilly and CMP own the trademark on Web 2.0 and have threatened others with lawsuits in the past.
But, this site foolishly uses the moniker simply to capitalize on the celebrity and glamor associated with all things 2.0.

The site has absolutely nothing to do with Web 2.0 though. It’s just another site that has video coverage of cityscapes, entertainment, and events in popular cities around the U.S. And with cleverly titled channels such as New York 2.0, Los Angeles, 2.0, Las Vegas 2.0, and a tagline that reads, “the revolution will be socialized,” it seems that the creativity (or lack thereof) and marketing teams at Web 2.0 Television could use a little 2.0 redux itself.  It needs to be relaunched under a new brand, something along the lines of The Glamorous Life 2.0 or Look at My Breasts 2.0.

Seriously, the site could have potential as long as it has focus, compelling content, and an entirely new branding and marketing plan. Online video highlighting activities in popular cities is viral, informative, and useful to residents and tourists. Plus, it can create micro communities across the web that keep people coming back for more, simply because they either live in that city, know friends that live there, or they’re frequent visitors.

As is, the site’s lifespan is bleak, tacky, and is already a contender for the TechCrunch Deadpool.