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  • C+A+C preview clip “Money”

    January 31, 2012

    Every entrepreneur wants money, but how do you get it? And once you find some money, how do you know it’s safe? In this clip we follow Marci Harris, a passionate entrepreneur who’s gone to extreme financial lengths in pursuit of her vision.

  • Accidental Pioneer: Ryan McIntyre & Excite

    January 31, 2012

    Ryan McIntyre & Excite.com are the Silicon Valley Dream: college friends accidentally launch the first internet search engine–worth $7 Billion.

  • Accidental Pioneer: Rich Jaroslovksy & WSJ.com

    January 31, 2012

    WSJ.com was a unique presence in early web & made controversial decisions about digital content that still echo in tech innovation entrepreneurship circles.

Accidental Pioneer: Ryan McIntyre & Excite

[The Raw Interviews: Ctrl+Alt+Compete is a documentary aimed at introducing startup culture and tech entrepreneurship to people who may have great ideas for awesome businesses but are outside the tech echo chamber, so it avoids too much inside-the-beltway analysis, techie jargon, and esoteric history. In our dozens of hours of interviews, though, we’ve stockpiled some really fascinating stories that might be too dry or insider-y for the average viewer but would be of great interest to tech enthusiasts. The Raw Interviews series is a place where we’ll be presenting some of the more academic clips for those of you interested in diving deeper into the world of Ctrl+Alt+Compete.]

Accidental Pioneers #2 – Ryan McIntyre

Ryan McIntyre is emblematic of the Silicon Valley Dream: a super-nice, kinda nerdy guy with an odd major at Stanford (Symbolic Systems) who put together a company in his college dorm room that eventually hit a valuation of $7 Billion. Yes… that’s with a B.

These days, Ryan is co-founder and Managing Director at Foundry Group, a VC where he serves on the board of several companies (including our friendsĀ Topspin). It was in this context I interviewed him, but when he mentioned he got his start as a co-founder of Excite (one of the very first internet search engines) I justĀ had to hear his entrepreneurial backstory.

Much like the first installment of this Accidental Pioneers series (WSJ.com), the guys behind Excite had something very different in mind before they launched their once-humongous precursor to Google.

Accidental Pioneer: Rich Jaroslovksy & WSJ.com

[The Raw Interviews: Ctrl+Alt+Compete is a documentary aimed at introducing startup culture and tech entrepreneurship to people who may have great ideas for awesome businesses but are outside the tech echo chamber, so it avoids too much inside-the-beltway analysis, techie jargon, and esoteric history. In our dozens of hours of interviews, though, we’ve stockpiled some really fascinating stories that might be too dry or insider-y for the average viewer but would be of great interest to tech enthusiasts. The Raw Interviews series is a place where we’ll be presenting some of the more academic clips for those of you interested in diving deeper into the world of Ctrl+Alt+Compete.]

To start off The Raw Interviews series I’ve selected a few variations on a theme: Accidental Pioneers – entrepreneurs (or intrepreneurs) who began projects with a particular final format in mind, but as they sensed shifts in the landscape they pivoted to another format and not only dodged a bullet but pioneered an emerging space.

It’s a funny thing about tech pioneers… the ecosystem changes so quickly that pioneers must make a leap of faith when they launch their businesses and simply believe a platform will be there for them when they’re ready to launch. If they wait for the platform to appear before they begin work, it will be too late. Henry Ford was well known for this: he’d assign engineers to projects that were not technologically feasible at the time of the assignment… he simply had faith that the necessary technology would emerge as it was needed.

Accidental Pioneers #1 – Rich Jaroslovsky

Rich Jaroslovksy is a tech journalist for Bloomberg, formerly at Wall Street Journal and a political journalist before that. I interviewed him at DEMO to get his journalistic take on the startups in competition, but the interview took a sharp turn when it came up that he was on the team of developers behind WSJ.com for Wall Street Journal in the early 90s. As most 90s techies know, WSJ.com was a really unique presence in the early web and made some controversial decisions about digital content that continue to echo today (I’ll get to some of that in later clips).

Here in this clip, Rich talks about the formation of WSJ.com and how they had one platform in mind but changed directions pretty late in the process (right before they might otherwise have driven right off a cliff).

The Accidental Pioneers series continues with Ryan McIntyre & Excite.com.

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  • Halo-8 to distribute C+A+C

    January 23, 2012

    It was just announced at CES that Halo-8 Entertainment will be distributing Ctrl+Alt+Compete.