I attended the Web 2.0 Summit for the first time last November. More recently I’ve been revisiting some of the videos from the event. Tonight I discovered these little gems of interviews that weren’t available at the Web 2.0 Summit. The interviews were developed just for the web. Very worthwhile for web professionals to check them out. In depth interviews with many of the top web CEOs.
Well, today at the Web 2.0 Summit was pretty awesome as well. I won’t bother listing out the speakers today, but I will say that Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo, and Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook, were fabulous. Carol has some great insight, confidence and direction for Yahoo. Mark, well, its hard to believe he’s only 26. He was on stage holding his own with both Tim O’Reilley and John Batelle and maybe giving a little back. Honestly, I felt very challenged to go back to the office and deliver something great for our daveramsey.com…after all…this 26 year old guy did and he started it when he was in his early 20s. Wow.
Highlights from the Day
Mary Meeker had to be one of the highlights of conference so far. Her material was amazing so here’s a link – Mary Meekers Presentation
Carol Bartz was fun to watch. She’s a tremendously confident woman and rightly so. She’s got some bold vision for Yahoo and it seems they are on track.
Yuri Milner is a Russian Venture Capitalist. He was very impressive. The first time I’ve seen him, but you can tell he’s brilliant. Are all Russians so quiet and calculating? Read more about him if you can find anything.
We all know about Zappos and Tony Hsieh. They’ve got a great story, but have you heard of Gilt Group? How’s this. They started in 2007. In 2009 they made over $170 million. In 2010, they’re tracking for over $400 million. Members only shopping discounts for luxury brands.
My biggest takeaway from today was mobile. Yeah, we all know its a big deal. Fundamentally, today took what I thought was a big deal and totally reshaped it in a big way. One stat that floored me…a website in Japan shifted from 25% of its page views being over mobile to 84%…in just 4 years. They didn’t try to do it, but it happened. You better be ready. We better be ready.
Other mobile stats included things like there are 600 mobile devices in India, but 300 million people don’t have access to toilets. There were all sorts of crazy mobile growth stat numbers being quoted. It’ll be interesting to see what plays out in this crazy space in the years to come.
Today was pretty good. Talk about a run of “A listers”. I’ve never been to a conference packed with so many power hitters. Definitely delivered on being one of the best Internet Conferences I’ve attended.
John Battelle (CEO/Founder, Federated Media Publishing)
Tim O’Reilly (CEO/Founder, O’Reilly Media, Inc.)
Eric Schmidt (Google CEO)
Scott Thompson (President, PayPal, Inc.)
Keith Rabois (Square)
Michael Rubin (GSI Commerce)
Mark Pincus (Co-Founder, Zynga)
Steven Berlin Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation)
Ben Huh (CEO, I Can Has Cheezburger)
Nikesh Arora (President, Global Sales Operations and Business Development, Google)
John Hayes (CMO, American Express)
Yusuf Mehdi (Microsoft, Senior Vice President, Online Audience Business)
Wim Elfrink (Cisco, Executive Vice President and Chief Globalisation Officer)
Robin Li (CEO/Founder, Baidu, Inc.)
Neil Smit (President, Comcast Cable Communications)
Ariel Emanuel (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
Julia Boorstin (CNBC)
I’m looking forward to tomorrow!
Arrived in San Francisco last night and after a 1 hour shuttle ordeal, we arrived at the hotel. A late dinner, 10 CST, then we were back in the room resting up for Monday.
Monday morning we had a fabulous breakfast at Sears Fine Food on Powell Street, courtesy of the incredible Katy Maki. We were seated next to a couple of visiting New York ladies who kindly shared some of their San Francisco drinking adventures with us. Sears is know for their famous Swedish 18 Pancakes which I sampled and highly recommend.
I’ve really appreciated the attendee directory posted on the Web 2.0 Summit‘s website. There are some quality people at this conference. One such person is Neff Hudson of USAA Bank whom we joined for lunch today. Neff serves as Assistant Vice President of Emerging Channels for USAA. The lunch was good, and the conversation was better.
I’m really looking forward to hearing Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo, later this week. I’ve been reading up on her accomplishments and career. She’s an interesting woman and very accomplished in business. Forbes Video
The conference officially kicks off at 2:30 PM.
Where do you go when you want to become a better web professional? The answer…lots of places, but the Web 2.0 Summit would be one to put on your list.
This year will be my first time to attend the Web 2.0 Summit and I’m thoroughly looking forward to it. With the high power speaker line-up that the summit has on tap, who wouldn’t be excited?! For starters, Evan Williams (CEO of Twitter), Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix), Jon Donovan (CTO, AT&T), Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), and Jeff Weiner (CEO, LinkedIn).
This year the Web 2.0 Summit will be held in San Francisco on November 15-17.