E221: News Panel with Peter Pham and Marshall Kirkpatrick on This Week in Startups



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On the first News Roundtable Panel of 2012, guests Peter Pham of the new tech incubator Science, and former RWW lead editor (now working on his new venture, Plexus Engine) Marshall Kirkpatrick joined us to unpack the week’s top stories, as read by LAUNCH’s own Megan Dickey. Peter, Marshall and the gang tackled Google+’s outlook, Yahoo’s new CEO, Kanye’s twitter verbosity and much more.0:00-3:00 Welcome everyone to the first News Roundtable Panel of 2012. We’re here today with Peter Pham, now at the incubator Science.
3:00-4:00 Marshall Kirkpatrick, formerly of ReadWriteWeb, is also joining us today. Marshall, tell us a little bit about your new venture, Plexus Engine.
4:00-6:30 Thank you to MailChimp for sponsoring the program. Everyone check them out at MailChimp.com and thank them @mailchimp!
6:30-8:00 Megan reads the first story: the incubator debate. Is there a glut of them today and do they offer any real value to startups?
8:00-11:15 Peter, are there too many or too few incubators?
11:15-13:15 Marshall: If there’s management and training being made available from a wide variety of sources, there’s value in that.
13:15-14:30 Jason: If you look at an incubator as college, you’ll think its great.
14:30-15:45 Next story: Scott Thompson accepted the position of Yahoo! CEO. Did anyone know him before this? Marshall, what do you know about him?
15:45-18:15 Peter: The fact that Scott is an engineer is huge.
18:15-20:00 Next story: Google+ recently had its strongest month ever and now has approximately has 62M members. Will they surpass Facebook?
20:00-23:15 Marshall: I think there are signs that Google+ isn’t looking fantastic.
23:15-24:45 Jason: Google is desperate to be Microsoft and they’re looking more like them every day.
24:45-27:00 Insight from Tyler: It’s like trading with yen.
27:00-29:15 Welcome to our newest sponsor Sourcebits. Thank you for sponsoring the show! Everyone be sure to thank them @sourcebits.
29:15-30:45 Next story: Walmart Labs has acquired Small Society, a mobile agency in Portland to add to its tech portfolio. Why make this acquisition?
30:45-31:30 Marshall: Walmart is building a great team at their mobile labs division.
31:30-32:30 What are the building? (Mobile and social shopping apps to add to the brick-and-mortar experience.)
32:30-33:15 Does anyone here not have Amazon Prime?
33:15-35:30 Jason: Amazon Prime is the religion of the future.
35:30-36:45 Peter: Walmart could start doing what Shopkick is doing, physically making you do things in the stores to get coupons.
36:45-40:30 Next story: There’s a new Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to see when you’ve visited a website owned by a SOPA supporter. What’s going to happen in this showdown?
40:30-41:30 Jason sends out a message to Anonymous: You have my permission to take down all organizations supporting SOPA.
41:30-44:45 Marshall, what are SOPA’s odds of passing?
44:45-48:00 Next story: Amazon continues to further squeeze retail chains margins, but has also had success in hardware with products like the Kindle Fire. Where should they be focusing their energies?
48:00-49:30 Tyler: Amazon now has lockers in Seattle where you can go pick up goods you’ve ordered online at a local business.
49:30-51:45 Can you buy a car online?
51:45-55:00 Next story: Twitter traffic and buzz failed to accurately predict the outcome of the Iowa caucuses. When will elections begin to be more shaped by social media?
55:00-1:00:00 Does Stocktwits work for the sentiment analysis of the stock market?
1:00:00-1:03:00 Next story: Kanye is back on Twitter and hiring for his new startup DONDA.
1:03:00-1:05:00 Peter: Imagine if Steve Jobs had spent 20 minutes online at night, just tweeting his genius. The power of Twitter, allowing us to listen to Kanye’s thoughts, is amazing.
1:05:00-1:07:30 Jason: Why doesn’t Larry Page just call Kanye and say come work at Google?
1:07:30-1:09:00 Marshall tells us a little bit about Plexus Engine, his newest venture.
1:09:00-1:11:00 Peter gives us some insight into what he’s looking for at Science.
1:11:00-1:13:45 Tyler, how is Skweal going?
1:13:45-14:30 Thank you to MailChimp and Sourcebits for sponsoring the program. Thank you to Marshall and Peter for joining us and to Megan for reading the news. We’ll see you all next time.

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