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This session on the real time web features Raj Narayan (Tinker), Loic Le Meur (Seesmic), and Baratunde Thurston (The Onion). Moderated by Jeff Pulver (Pulver.com).
Loic Le Meur
Loic Le Meur is the CEO behind Seesmic. He founded the company in 2007, with the goal of turning online video into a powerful medium for threaded, interactive video conversations.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Le Meur launched several companies prior to Seesmic including: shared web hosting company RapidSite, (acquired by France Telecom), B2L, an interactive agency (acquired by BBDO) and Ublog (acquired by SixApart), after which Le Meur became Chairman of SixApart Europe.
In addition to his hands-on entrepreneurial expertise, Le Meur serves as a board member of Europe's no.1 dating site Meetic and leading online bank Boursorama. He also acts as a venture partner for Wellington Partners, and he helps bolster innovation in Europe through his conference LeWeb, Europe's leading web conference for businesses and web 2.0 entrepreneurs.
Le Meur took an active role in French President's Sarkozy's campaign, helping galvanize thousands of bloggers to support the candidate. Recently, BusinessWeek Magazine named Le Meur one of The 25 Most Influential People on the Web. Le Meur was also named "Young Global Leader" by WEF. Originally from the South of France, Le Meur lives in San Francisco, California.
Raj Narayan is the co-founder, architect and VP of Engineering at Glam Media, the No. 1 pioneering vertical media company in global reach for women online. Narayan also developed the first page-layout editor for the Web and holds two key Internet patents. His work has enabled more than 10 million websites and over a million e-commerce stores.
Most recently, Narayan led the development of Tinker.com, an exciting new application from Glam, which enables search, browsing, and discovery of real-time conversations on social media sites and offers brand advertisers a safe platform to engage with users of the real-time web. Narayan received his B.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jeff Pulver has been called "a habitual entrepreneur who likes to start Internet communications companies." He is known globally as someone who helped popularize the use of Voice over IP (voip) and as the co-founder of Vonage. In 2009 he created the global #140 Characters Conferences, which explores the emerging real-time Internet.
On February 12, 2004, Mr. Pulver's petition for clarification declaring Free World Dialup as an unregulated information service was granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This landmark decision by the FCC was the first decision it made on IP communications.
Baratunde Thurston is a technology-loving comedian from the future who cares enough about the world to engage with it politically. Yes, he votes. Regularly. With an ancestry that includes a great-grandfather who taught himself to read, a grandmother who was the first black employee at the U.S. Supreme Court building and a mother who took over radio stations in the name of the black liberation struggle, Baratunde has long been taught to question authority. It helps that he was raised in Washington, D.C. under crackhead Mayor Marion Barry.
His creative and inquisitive mind, forged by his mother’s lessons and polished by a philosophy degree from Harvard, have found expression in his monthly Fast Company column, on the sound waves of NPR, and on the screens of news networks such as CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera English and This Week In Tech. He even hosted his own show on Discovery Science called Popular Science's Future Of.
Far from simply appearing in media, Baratunde is also helping defining its future. In 2006 he co-founded Jack & Jill Politics, a black political blog whose coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention has been archived by the Library Of Congress. From 2007 to 2012, he helped bring one of America’s finest journalistic institutions into the future, serving as Director of Digital for The Onion. In 2011 he was a judge for the Knight News Challenge, a media innovation contest which funds experiments in the future of news. His book, How To Be Black, was published by Harper Collins in February 2012 and is a New York Times best-seller.