E268: News Panel with Ryan Block and Erik Rannala – TWiST



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Today on This Week in Startups, the News Panel took a decidedly gadget-heavy turn with panelists Ryan Block of GDGT and Erik Rannala of Mucker Lab discussing Microsoft’s new tablet, the Windows Phone 8, the video of bullied bus monitor Karen Klein and more.
1:00 Welcome everyone, I’m here today with Erik Rannala, the co-founder of Mucker Lab and Ryan Block, co-founder of GDGT.
2:30 Hey Ryan, how is GDGT going?
3:45 When should I feel comfortable buying a product from GDGT? At what score?
5:00 Huge thanks to Walker Corporate Law for supporting the program. If you need a lawyer, just call Scott Walker directly at 310-288-6667.
6:30 We’ll start by talking about some of Microsoft’s announcements. They previewed the Surface tablet this week. Is there anywhere that seems like Microsoft might have the edge over Apple?
9:30 If you’re an IT manager, are you going to buy these for the company or will you still buy iPads?
11:30 How is Microsoft viewed by startups, Erik?
12:45 Ryan, how important is it that Microsoft is building the hardware itself?
14:30 Are they going to make their own phone as well?
17:45 All this leads me to, will Facebook launch hardware?
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28:30 What do you think of the UI on Windows phones, Ryan?
31:00 Tyler: The branding on the Xbox is so good, I want an Xphone
31:30 Why is everyone freaking out about SmartGlass and not Airplay?
35:30 Ryan discusses the features of Microsoft SmartGlass.
38:30 Spotify has launched a streaming radio feature that directly competes with Pandora.
42:00 A new Louisiana law requires registered sex offenders to list their status on social networking sites.
43:30 Insight from Tyler: It’s like patenting a nuclear weapon.
45:00 The story of Karen Klein, the bullied school bus monitor whose video has gone viral. What do you think of kids who would do this?
51:00 If Google Glasses become reality, won’t bad behavior go up exponentially because everyone’s bad behavior will be recorded?
54:30 Google has extended an invitation to Flipboard to integrate with Google+.
57:00 CloudOn has raised a $16M round and is now planning to add group collaboration features. Has anyone tried this yet?
58:30 Do you think a native drive for this on the iPad is coming with the next release, Ryan?
1:00:00 Erik, what did you pass on through Mucker that you really regret?
1:03:00 Tyler: Wouldn’t you say this is more than just a tablet?
1:07:30 How many people actually like 3D?
1:11:30 What’s everyone’s favorite movie of the summer so far and what are you looking forward to seeing?
1:15:00 Thank you to Ryan and Erik for joining us today. And thank you to the good people at Squarespace and Scott Walker at Walker Corprorate Law. We’ll see you all next time.

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