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Last night, we had our first ever PandoMonthly event -- a fireside chat between Sarah Lacy and CrunchFund's Michael Arrington. The audio at the venue was less than perfect but -- judging from direct feedback, and Twitter -- everyone had fun, made connections, and plans on coming back again.
Last week, after around six months of toiling away on product, pimping it to bloggers, and engaging with his startup's 28,000 beta sign-ups, Wahooly co-founder Dana Severson clicked a button to transfer Wahooly's files from a development server to a launch-ready server. The process was supposed to take 24 hours, ending at the precise moment the countdown clock on Wahooly's site reached zero--launch time--and coinciding exactly with a TechCrunch story and a wide email blast.
I've been digging around for a few days about Oracle, trying to figure out if another $1 billion-plus acquisition is imminent following yesterday's news about Oracle buying Taleo for $1.9 billion. Instead, I stumbled onto another piece of news: Workday is currently talking to bankers about going public.
We're thrilled to announce our next big hire: Greg Kumparak -- former Mobile Editor at TechCrunch -- is joining PandoDaily.
We are here at the first ever PandoMonthly event and it has turned out to be a smashing success (so far). We have our special guest and Pando investor Mike Arrington sitting down for a fireside chat with Sarah Lacy. We're partnering with Ustream for the event, and they are providing a live-stream of the event.
For the past few years, Chegg's textbook rental business has been the hottest way for college students to get their books. It still is, but the company is also bracing itself for a new disruption to the $5 billion textbook industry--e-textbooks.
Disruptive technology is the bearer of tremendous opportunity and equally a harbinger of obsolescence. Technology's impact on society and business is substantial, if not underestimated. As technology continues to become part of everyday life, it becomes disruptive in how people communicate, work, and connect. The evolution of society and technology happens with or without adaptation or understanding. And, it's contributing to a very real phenomenon of Digital Darwinism, a situation where organizations are faced with a need to adapt to markets and customer behavior or risk a loss in favor, competitive advantage or worse, irrelevance.
History teaches us that social movements happen when people from different groups cease to see each other as fundamentally different and instead begin to include each other in their sense of shared experience and culture. As the Internet matures, it is developing its own shared culture, open to anyone, distinct from the analog world, and increasingly important enough to people that they are willing to defend it when it's threatened.
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