Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Summit Notes: State of Innovation

On June 23, Seed Media Group and The Council on Competitiveness convened a cadre of America’s thought leaders in science, business, and education for the State of Innovation Summit in Washington, DC. Panelists and speakers addressed the key roles of design, cross-disciplinary collaboration, comprehensive policy, and science itself in preserving and enhancing a climate of innovation and future competitiveness for America. What follows are some of the days top highlights.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

An Online Summer of Love

In May AlwaysOn was exclusively invited to an event at Google Plex, where Carlos Santana's online global network “Architects of a New Dawn” was announced.
The Grammy Award-winning guitarist's innovation incorporates film, music, television and online social networks to create a multi-tiered media company that will, it is hoped, forge a new social reality built on inspiration, creativity, love and forgiveness.

While the project feels a bit 1967, "Architects" is relying on more than music and meditation. Online social networking and new media strategies are key to the Santana's vision.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Is YouTube Video Going Premium?

In the end of April I reported from the conference OnHollywood at Sofitel in West Hollywood.
One of the topics discussed in the panels was how to make money on Social Media, and monetize online video.
“The core challenge is to keep it premium,” said Adam Cahan, CEO of Auditude.
But Shishir Mehrotra (Director of Product Management, YouTube Monetization, Google), had a different opinion. After the discussion ended, he expanded on his thoughts as presented to the panel.

“I think the important thing is not to draw hard lines between different types of content," he said.

“Video posted on line need not be recorded in a Hollywood studio. It could be done just as well in someone's living room,” Mehrotra explained.

Watch the full version of my interview with Shishir Mehrotra

Ellen Andersson, InJo-fellow and Staff Writer at AlwaysOn

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

(F)Innovation in Helsinki

Famous for its public education system and a culture of risk aversion, the small Nordic state of Finland is recasting three major universities in Helsinki as a global hot spot for innovation.

Link to the story at Seedmagazine.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

'Entrepreneur' means little in France

Rural broadband vs. red tape

The stimulus bill gives $7.2 billion to building broadband connections to rural areas. Not quite so simple, though, to put that money to use. 

Brazil gets bruised by Wall Street

The Brazilians think they will weather the economic crisis well, but Wall Street does not agree.

Your cell phone as a wallet

This article on mobile payments was published at Fortune Magazine's website under a section called Tech Daily. It was the the first story I wrote for Fortune, my host.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

In search of recession victims

I got the opportunity to visit the "tent city" outside Sacramento, the capital of California. The tent city is populated by homeless people and has had full media coverage since The Oprah Winfrey show did a report from there a couple of weeks ago.

I didn't plan to write anything for Greentech Media about it, but after a discussion with the Editor in chief, Michael Kanellos, he encouraged me to write a blog post about my visit, it being a somewhat off-topic subject. Here it is. Is this innovation journalism? Maybe not. But I think it is interesting that there's room for this kind of things within the frame of a niche cleantech website.
"Homeless people living in tents isn’t a new problem. But it fits reporting on the recession like a glove. People like you and me forced to leave our houses, finding shelter in cold and tattered tent cities outside of regular society. That’s a scary thought for most of us. In reality, the situation is diverse."
Full post at Greentech Media.

/Fredrik Wass

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

NASA Tech to Team with Media

The article "NASA Tech to Team with Media" is published on alwayson.going.com, and it was the first article that I wrote for the network of AlwaysOn.
By using NASA-developed tech GigaPan System makes it possible to create huge panoramas and use them on daily bais, but also to capture special moments, such as such as Obama's inauguration.
– in eye-popping panoramic detail.
In this article the CEO Henry Hillman Jr also reveals that the company is discussing deals with media companies such as CNN to foster wider use.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Post about Saab and Volvo going into wind power

"Swedish car company Saab, a subsidiary of the American company General Motors, could change its business and go into producing wind power towers and turbines. That is the message from Swedish trade minister Maud Olofsson, after refusing a financial support package to the Swedish car manufacturer, now on the brink of shutdown."

I did a summarizing article on www.greentechmedia.com about the possible future for Saab and Volvo going into wind power.

/Fredrik Wass

Saturday, February 14, 2009

First stories published on Cnet News

Cnet asked me to do stories on two press releases after we met with them. They said they were ok, and then also published them on Cnet News: