“I’m absolutely certain if it wasn’t for teachers like Mrs Hill in 4th grade, I absolutely would have ended up in jail.”
In these excerpts from various interviews around 1995, Steve talks about how as a 12 year old he looked up Bill Hewlett in the phone book and called him at home to ask for some spare parts, so that he could build a frequency counter. “Some people never get that experience because they never ASK. You gotta ask. You gotta act.”
He also speaks about getting kicked out of school a lot for ‘mischief’, like setting up explosives on teachers desks. Until Mrs Hill, his 4th grade teacher, ‘bribed’ him into learning and re-ignited his curiosity, for instance by giving him kits to build his own camera. If it hadn’t been for Mrs Hill, Jobs thinks that ‘I absolutely would have ended up in jail’. Because he could see the tendencies in himself to have a certain ‘energy to do something’ that some people might have taken for a bad idea. That is why he believes that even though he has equipped so many schools with computers, great teachers remain the most important thing in education.
Source: SoundCloud / daretoASK
Have you got the TE-X-FACTOR?
You know tech is ready for primetime when will.i.am teams up with X Factor creator Simon Cowell to search for the next Mark Zuckerberg.
“Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots. It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics,” told will.i.am the Sun about the joined project.
First obvious signs that technology is graduating to the mainstream, came with a hint of Hollywood at techconferences. Ashton Kutcher, Adam Grenier and Jessica Alba took to the TechCrunch Disrupt stage, whereas super agent Ari Emanuel has been a returning (and wildly entertaining) guest star at Web 2.0 and D!.
Now, the tech-crowd hits the home screens. This is not the first attempt to bring the drama of Silicon (V)alley to tv screens. Bloomberg first aired „TechStars“, where a camera followed the ‚cast’ of New York’s most high-profile incubator programme.
Bravo has teamed up with Randi „Mark’s Sister“ Zuckerberg for „Silicon Valley“. The show is still in production and due to air this fall, but has already garnered criticism from the ‘legit tech crowd’ that it might make the start-up scene appear like a nerdy version of Jersey Shore – “except without the tan”. Kevin Rose was apparently hit up with a general invite email from the show’s casting director.
oh boy, a new “silicon valley reality show” yuck, please stay in LA: twitpic.com/6vp80w/full— Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) October 5, 2011
Fear is, that with a loaded last name like Zuckerberg attached as exec producer, the non-insiders might mistake this for the real deal. So, be warned. Even Randi Zuckerberg admitted in her Facebook post that “This is a reality tv show, not a documentary”. “The show isn’t meant to represent all of Silicon Valley, but to authentically follow the lives of a few young people trying to blaze their own trails.”
But there are good examples as well: Dragon’s Den, the veteran entrepreneurial programme that originated in Japan in 2001 and came to fame on BBC2 in 2004, is already in its 10th season. The show is (smartly enough) not limited to geeks & gadgets and focuses on the ‘risky business pitch’ as such - and does so successfully with 23 local adaptations of the format.
Mega-producer Mark Burnett adapted the Dragon’s Den format back in 2009 for US television with the extra portion of American spice and competitiveness. Aptly called “Shark Tank”, the successful show with judges including Marc Cuban and Barbara Corcoran is back this fall for its fourth season.
It will be interesting to see which angle Cowell and will.i.am will take on the format to make the primetime audience care for code.
“ We really view YouTube as a technology platform that gives all content creators a voice.
We speak with Matthew GLOTZBACH, Managing Director YouTube EMEA, as he comes off stage at medienwoche in Berlin.
As there was some confusion in the audience about the difference between Google TV vs YouTube (apparently a common mix-up) he sets the facts straight, explaining that Google TV is an internet tv operating system whereas YouTube is a technology platform for content creators.
YouTube’s goal is to attract a wide range of video makers from companies to individuals, and help them create a content business with the audience reach and engagement tools that YouTube provides.
One successful German showcase he gave to the crowd in Berlin: Sami Slimani, better known as ‘Herr Tutorial’, who turned his beauty & lifestyle video endeavours into a fully fledged business on YouTube.
At MIPCOM, Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s Global Head of Content Partnerships, will focus on a new breed of original content creators and financiers — and how they collaborate to create and distribute great content. Content strategies of these ‘Original Creators’ will be unveiled at MIPCOM.
“ 65% of today’s grade school students will work in jobs that don’t exist yet
Get ready for some drastically different learning environments: This visualization from Michelle Zappa’s Envisioning Tech shows scenarios how technology will change the classroom of the future — and tell us what and how to learn.
“Howard and I signing the deal last evening. #Onward” — @jack
Historic day. Mobile payment just got a major caffeine injection with an extra shot: Jack Dorsey and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sign milestone deal. The Seattle-based coffee giant will invest $25 million in Square as part of the company’s Series D financing round, which values Dorsey’s mobile payment company at $3.75 billion. Beginning this fall, approx. 7,000 US-Starbucks stores will ‘get Squared’, paving the road to a mainstream roll-out of the leading mobile payment solution.
“As the largest retail mobile payment platform in the U.S., we’re excited and proud to accept payments with Square,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo. “The evolving social and digital media platforms and highly innovative and relevant payment capabilities are causing seismic changes in consumer behavior and creating equally disruptive opportunities for business. Both Starbucks and Square take a similar approach when building products and running our businesses, and together we can bring the best possible payment experience to Starbucks customers.”
Jack Dorsey on the deal:
We’re proud that Starbucks chose Square, as we share the value of always putting customers first.” - “More than 2 million individuals and businesses can already use Square. This partnership will accelerate our ability to provide them with the tools they need to grow their business and thrive in today’s economy.”
Jack Dorsey is a confessed lover of authentic coffee craft. He part-owns Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco, one of the ‘real deal’ coffee culture places and the first shop to accept Square. Wonder where he will be getting his latte now. In any case, big day and big deal to bring mobile payment to the masses.
“EVERYBODY LIKES TO PLAY” — EMI hosts MUSIC techpitch 4.5 in London
This was truly a great night of talent meets tech. The 2Pears organized event at EMI’s London HQ saw an impressive line-up of pitches taking place beneath a very humbling Pink Floyd-inspired and branded “Wall”.
Here’s the line-up of start-ups taking to the stage:
LiveMusicStage - @livemusicstage
Music2Text - @music2text
nu desine (Alphasphere) - @alphasphere
Pepper by DAM Good Media - @pepperapp
Psonar - @psonar
Radiojar - @radiojar
Sound Index by Digital Innovation Group - @ollywhattalent
Soundation - @powerfx1
The audience vote went to Sound Index, followed by Music2Text and the absolutely awesome Alphasphere electronic instrument by nu desine. - Interviews with winners and judges to follow.
//Mobile Innovators x SuperBowl// — Sometimes commercials can be really good. The “Mobile Innovators Series” by BestBuy - which was broadcast during the SuperBowl - is definitely one of them. The ad features innovators who’s products & technologies have impacted our mobile landscape big time.
Among Best Buys “Chosen Ones”:
- Text-to-speech inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil
- Instagram founder Kevin Systrom
- Camera phone creator Philippe Kahn
- Mobile payment system inventor and founder of Square Jim McKelvey
- Video sharing creator Daniel Henderson
- Shazam co-founders Chris Barton and Avery Wang
- Words with Friends creators Paul and David Bettner
- Neil Papworth — sender of the first SMS message.
The campaign is intended to bring focus to Best Buy’s mobile phone and carrier plan selection.
“ How many companies have been handed the opportunity to get 15 million users in the first year? Not many. We want to take this ticket and ride.
DARE TO ASK: Erik Wahlforss (Co-Founder SoundCloud) / Henrik Berggren (Co-Founder ReadMill)
We meet the 2 “Swedish Imports” (and good friends) at the Readmill HQ in Berlin where they talk about Stockholm clubbing days, advice for young entrepreneurs, favourite sounds and (social) trust issues.
//INTERVIEW PIX: READMILL// - We meet Henrik Berggren, Co-Founder of ReadMill in Berlin to talk about socializing the reading experience.
//TECHCRUNCH DISRUPT NYC 2011// - SoundCloud’s Alex Ljung takes the stage with Steve Jang from SoundTracking (The Jang and Ljung Show) to talk about the effect of mobile on music and sound; Hollywood’s geek guru Ashton Kutcher gets interviewed by Charlie Rose and Startup Battlefield Winner Getaround get much attention with their red Tesla showcase. However, our favourite app from the Battlefield with instant benefit: Sonar. The app puts a super smart filter on top of Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook to discover the people around you that you really want to get to know — and the TC Disrupt event proved to be the perfect playground for the launch. Congratulations!