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Thursday, June 22, 2000

Exclusive Interview with Michael Hirschorn, Editor in Chief of

As editor and chief of Spin magazine, Michael Hirschorn was one of the most powerful music journalists in the country. Then, last year he got fired. At any other time in history, the event might have been traumatic. But in these days of Internet bliss, it was an opportunity. >>

Thursday, June 15, 2000

Exclusive Interview with Scott Mednick, Chairman of Xceed

Scott Mednick speaks manically-almost urgently-about the need for businesses to integrate the Internet into everything they do. It's no wonder, considering that he's the chairman of Xceed, a New York City-based firm that advises companies on how to mind-meld with the elusive Web. To be sure, Mednick fills the air with more buzzwords and cyberese than a Silicon Valley coffee shop: Xceed, he says, is an "interactive architect" that helps companies uncover the "digital value network." >>

Thursday, June 08, 2000

Exclusive Interview with Esther Dyson, Edventure Holdings

Anyone who follows technology has heard of Esther Dyson. Not only does she sit on more than a dozen boards and committees, but she chairs the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a new international agency that tries to set policy for the Internet's core infrastructure. Since graduating from Harvard in 1974, she has become an expert on everything from artificial intelligence to wireless technologies. Dyson also has traveled extensively throughout the world, especially Eastern Europe, giving her a decidedly global perspective. Her company, Edventure Holdings, backs several Central and Eastern European startups. >>

Tuesday, May 30, 2000

Exclusive Interview with Guy Kawasaki, CEO of

Only about a half-mile from Guy Kawasaki's headquarters (a Queen Anne-style mansion in Palo Alto, Calif.) is one of the most famous garages on the planet: The one that David Packard and William Hewlett used in the late 1930s to launch what would become perhaps the first Silicon Valley tech startup, Hewlett-Packard. It's quite fitting, considering that Kawasaki is the chairman and CEO of, a matchmaker of sorts for startup entrepreneurs and investors.'s mission? It tries to connect startup ideas with the funding that will propel them to the next level. For entrepreneurs in those crucial first stages of private capital funding ( concentrates on the $500,000 to $4 million range), the right partner can make all the difference. And for investors--increasingly cautious because of a volatile stock market and a growing roster of failed dot coms--finding a concept commensurate with their risk tolerance has become vital. >>

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