Dave Winer, 56, is a software developer and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School and NYU, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.
"The protoblogger." - NY Times.
"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.
"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.
"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.
10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.
"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.
"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
scriptingnews2mail at gmail dot com.
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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
It's always fun to put a stake in the ground before a product is announced and then see how close you came.
Here are the interesting questions about Google Drive.
With Denton -- here's what I hope he did.
Draw a Venn Diagram with two circles on it. On one circle write "articles" and on the other write "comments". The size of each and how much they overlap tells you everything you need to know about an online publication. If one were to manage to make them completely overlap, so that there's no difference between the publication and the comments, then imho you've reached nirvana.
If I had a billion dollars (or some virtually infinite amount) I'd buy one of the big names of the news publishing world and transform it into a publication written by everyone. The staff decides what's on the home page. But even that doesn't stand up very long. Every user has the ability to create their own home page, and they compete against the "official" one.
In a true dotcom fashion, we'll figure out how to make money later. Maybe it doesn't even cost very much to run.
Anyway, Nick doesn't need a billion dollars to buy a big publishing brand, even though he has that kind of money, or access to it, because he already has a number of big brands that he can transform.
The question is can he get great stuff to flow through is world without paying for it? Maybe. He's always been a smart guy when it comes to software, and is willing to try idea out. So I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with, this week.