Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Sean Parker, Founders Fund
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Jimmy Fallon is the host of NBC's late-night talk show, having succeeded Conan O'Brien in that role in March 2009. The show is a regular ratings winner and has been praised for reinvigorating
the talk-show format, bringing to it a youthful energy exemplified by Fallon's choice of house band, the hip-hop legends the Roots. Among the show's innovations are short videos, ideal for viral distribution, affectionately spoofing popular TV series; it won an Emmy for a Glee takeoff called "6-Bee," where the Late Night crew challenges the cast of Parks and Recreation for glee-club supremacy. Late Night has also been honored for its website, and Fallon himself received the Webby Person of the Year award.
Before becoming host, Fallon was best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. He has appeared in several films, including Almost Famous, Band of Brothers, Taxi, and Fever Pitch. He also hosted the 2010 Emmy Awards and is the author of New York Times best-selling book, Thank You Notes.
Sean Parker is an entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies that reinvent ways to spread information online. In 1999, at the age of 19, Parker co-founded Napster and changed how people think about and share music. Two years later, Parker co-founded Plaxo, pioneering viral engineering technology for updating contact information. Parker served as Plaxo's president until 2004, when he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook. Parker was Facebook's founding president, helping transform that small start-up into an industry giant.
Parker's latest venture is Causes, which he co-founded in 2007, and which has become the largest online platform for grassroots activism and philanthropy. At Founders Fund, Parker searches for and fosters the same spirit of innovation that he saw at Facebook, Plaxo, and Causes in new company founders, and has provided essential mentorship to the portfolio companies, including helping develop Alamofire's wildly popular PackRat.
"Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon asks Facebook's first president Sean Parker if he believes the Internet juggernaut is the end game for social networking services.
"It would be incredibly presumptuous and self-serving of me to believe Facebook was the end of history," says Parker. "The only way it could possibly be the end of history is if it becomes an artificial super-intelligence that takes over the world."
Napster co-founder and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker discusses one of his hottest new ventures, Spotify. He explains that despite several legal setbacks, the music streaming service (which is huge in Europe) is landing on American shores with a slew of features that will set it above the competition. "It's the realization of the dream that [Shawn] Fanning and I had with Napster," says Parker.