E266: News Panel with Brian Alvey, Simon Berg, Dave Mathews and Andrew Warner – TWiST



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Today, on This Week in Startups, the News Roundtable grew to epic proportions with the addition of Brian Alvey of Ceros (formerly Crowd Fusion), Simon Berg of Ceros, NeuAer’s Dave Mathews and Mixergy’s Andrew Warner. On tap were the Scout rape allegations, Crowd Fusion’s buy of Ceros and Microsoft’s acquisition of Yammer.

1:30 Welcome everyone to a huge roundtable with Brian Alvey and Simon Berg of Ceros, Dave Mathews of NeuAer and Andrew Warner.
2:30 On GoToMeeting, we have Andrew Warner of Mixergy, welcome Andrew.
3:00 Thank you to Sourcebits for sponsoring the show.
5:30 Skout has disabled is teen meeting function in light of allegations of rapes occurring between people who met on the service.
11:00 How could Andreessen Horowitz not have known about what was going on?
16:00 Brian, would you ever build an app like this for kids?
21:00 Discussion of the ethics of building a proximity app for children.
25:30 Thank you to GoToMeeting for their support! Everyone thank them @gotomeeting!
28:30 Insight from Tyler: “It’s like a crying astronaut.”
29:30 Brian, tell me what’s going on with Crowd Fusion buying Ceros.
32:45 Simon, what appealed to you about partnering with Brian?
36:15 Andrew: What kind of training are you giving to companies to help them with content creation?
37:00 What does this mean for publishers?
37:45 Microsoft has announced that they are buying Yammer for $1.2B. What do you think of the timing of this acquisition?
40:30 Recapping past TechCrunch winners and their subsequent acquisitions.
43:30 It’s been less than a year since Google debuting social gaming on Google+, but game makers are already abandoning the platform.
47:00 Andrew: So what will become of Google+?
49:00 Will Kevin Rose being at Google have any positive impact on G+?
53:30 Andrew: Do you remember the time when Yahoo was the portal and everything had to go through them? Maybe Google will end up being like that.
56:45 Tyler: If Google+ doesn’t work, will this be remembered as a defining moment?
01:01:30 Dave: I don’t want to dictate to my computer, I want context integration.
1:02:00 Andrew: I was amazed by Siri until I heard about Dragon Dictate.
1:04:00 In an effort to limit spam, Reddit has begun blocking high-level domain names. They say it’s only temporary, but what can these domains do to get back in Reddit’s good graces, Andrew?
1:11:00 Brian, what’s the story, did you finally get yourself a Jason?
1:14:30 Andrew, what are you up to these days? How’s Mixergy.com going?
1:16:30 Lon, thanks for joining us. Everyone check out Ranker.com.
1:16:45 Dave, what’s going on with Neuaer?
1:21:00 Thank you so much to everyone who joined us today. We’ll see you next time.

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