Held at the Levende Lounge in San Francisco, Level 3, The Forbin Group, and Force 10 connected some of the most forward-thinking minds to discuss a digital world whose only constant is change.

Adriana Gascoigne and the bub.blicio.us team was there to cover the “Temporary Comprehension” event.

Panelists included: Raj Patel, Yahoo and Jim Pitkow, Angel Investors LP.

The event purported that much like the digital world, your visions and ideas would set the agenda for what was discussed. Investors, innovators and those in between, came together to make a moment of understanding on the edge of the next and to create a state of…Temporary Comprehension.

Click Here For Movie

For pictures, visit Julie Blaustein’s Photobucket album.

by Brian Solis

Unfortunately this weekend marked his last show – well for now anyway. While we’re all sad to see “the show” come to an end, we are all happy that he can move on to bigger and better things.

Is Zefrank the latest video blogger crossing over to Hollywood? Like Amanda Congdon’s jump from RocketBoom to ABC News and HBO, Zefrank will most likely evolve into a star on TV and/or movies.

At the time of this writing, there are over 1,200 comments on his last show.

You can view the last episode here.

You can see Amanda on Mondays at StarringAmandaCongdon.com and Wednesdays on ABCNews.com. She is also currently developing a show for HBO that will feature both television and online components.

More on the subject:
Robert Scoble
Laughing Squid
Mark Evans
Will Pate

by Brian Solis

Photo Credit: Scott Beale of Laughing Squid

Om Malik broke the news, Michael Arrington also confirmed it yesterday.

Heather Harde senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media has joined TechCrunch as its new CEO – making the power combo very bub.blicio.us.

Per Arrington, “I have the pleasure of confirming the rumors Heather Harde, currently the SVP of Mergers and Acquisitions at Fox Interactive Media, will start her new job as the CEO of the TechCrunch Network (and my boss) by the end of the month.”

If you attend the hottest and most elite 2.0 events, you’ve seen her, and, maybe you’ve been lucky enough to meet her. Harde seems to be one of the few who have established a spotless and genuine reputation in the Valley, which will help carry her to a successful, early retirement.

What’s in store for TechCrunch? Perhaps a new branch – TechCrunch Ventures?

As one can imagine, there must be more to the story than simply running the affairs of TechCrunch – other than editorial.

Harde managed a $2 billion budget and was charged with strategic acquisitions for Fox Interactive and she’s been with the company for ten years. So are there acquisitions or investments in TechCrunch’s future?

It’s already widely known that Mike has stakes in several startups, and isn’t terribly concerned with editorial objectivity for covering these companies.

While there are rumors that Heather might explore media acquisitions to grow the TechCrunch empire, I question whether or not the return will be as great as other “acquisitions” or potentially early seed financing for up-and-coming Web 2.0 companies.

Just think about how much it must have cost to bring her on board (well, and to keep her there). Perhaps she joins Keith Teare as the third share holder of TechCrunch?

Arrington continues, “There is a lot for her to do. She will run every aspect of our business other than editorial, which I’ll be focusing on for now. Heather’s job will be to leverage the opportunities that we have sometimes let slip by, and to manage our organic and acquisition growth going forward.”

According to Ben Metcalfe, “Many are speculating that TechCrunch will expand its media empire, like Gawker Media and GigaOmniMedia, into new topic genres. However this still seems like relative peanuts for someone like Heather and so I think TechCrunch will be getting into the Venture Capital game.”

I agree. If this were the case (which it might be anyway through organic growth), then Heather’s resume might be a bit over qualified.

Ben pointed out that Tim O’Reilly, Mr. Web 2.0, recently launched AlphaTech Ventures and if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Mike and Heather are sharp, connected, and ripe with opportunity to take TechCrunch into an entirely new level of influence and financial stature – while solidifying an influential future post boom.

Either way, it’s a huge move for TechCrunch and I hope a very promising venture for Heather.

I look forward to what’s next. For those looking for additional information, check Techmeme 1, 2, 3

Update: Visit PR2.0 for the latest on this subject – live comments from Twitter.


by Brian Solis

I first met Natalie at Demo when she was covering tech for PC Magazine. Shortly after Demo, she left Ziff Davis to join TechCrunch, replacing Marshall Kirkpatrick when he departed to join SplashCast.

After staying with TechCrunch for only a short while, Michael Arrington announced her departure through Crunchnotes, attributing the move to “brutal user comments.”

Well, their loss is Adam Curry’s (former MTV VJ) gain. Natalie Del Conte is alive and well over at PodShow and her new show, TeXtra is very bub.blicio.us

TeXtra is about real technology and how it affects real culture and real people. TeXtra has the news as it happens, and has an opinion about it. I have to say, I really enjoy it. Natalie not only covers the news, but also offers refreshing perspective and commentary at the end of each story.

I found Natalie’s new show because she recently attended Adriana’s Gascoigne’s (fellow bub.blicio.us reporter) Girls in Tech party in San Francisco recently and covered it on TeXtra – and even gave a shoutout to bub.blicio.us as well! Thanks Natalie!

TeXtra is not a chick-reads-tech-news show. It’s not a gadget show. And it’s not a gossip show. Host Natali Del Conte is an accomplished technology journalist, having written for PC Magazine , Variety Magazine , MarketWatch, TechCrunch, The San Francisco Examiner , The Oakland Tribune , among others.

She follows consumer and small business technology closely shooting several episodes per week. For more about Natali, please visit her producer page here . For more pictures, visit her gallery page here.


by Lorna Li

Through fast and simple online polls, Vizu Answers can deliver instant insights on practically anything.

In a recent poll of public attitudes towards Valentine’s Day, newly funded Vizu Answers revealed that sex is both the best and worst gift you can give to your loved one.

While cleaning supplies topped the list of unromantic, undesirable Valentine’s Day gifts, a quarter of the respondents believe that sex is the worst gift ever. For many, auto parts, are, indeed, a better gift than sex.

Fortunately, the majority of people poll still believe sex to be their all-time favorite gift.

Last week, Vizu unveiled the results of a blog readership survey they conducted accross 40 English language blogs and 12 Spanish language blogs at the end of 2006.