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4493_4f6398e207_small July 22, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Yahoo!'s announcement last week that it tapped long-time Google executive Marissa Mayer to take over as president and CEO dominated the headlines. Along with it, came in-depth looks at Mayer and, unexpectedly, more news on the new tech industry leader. Prevalent in the coverage were excerpts from an interview Mayer did with Charlie Rose in March 2009. "I definitely think what drives technology companies is the people; because in a technology … read more

4395_187e40a518_small July 1, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the iPhone's public release. As of today, more than 200 million iPhones have been sold, more than 650,000 apps are available and more than 30 billion have been downloaded, according to ABC. Six months before its release, Steve Jobs took the stage at MacWorld to introduce the revolutionary device. On that same day, January 9, 2007, Jobs sat down for an interview with ABC's Nightline. In it, he answered a questions about Apple's motivation for making the iPhone. … read more

4358_6160ce3923_small June 24, 2012 by Sarah Binder

Usually our Sunday Videos have an inspiring message, and just because this this one has failure written all over it (literally), don't think we're straying from that theme. "You are constantly failing as a startup. It's how quickly you rebound from that failure that might lead to success," said David Tisch, general manager of TechStars NYC. The video is part … read more

4279_89b3d5e98e_small June 10, 2012 by Sarah Binder

During graduation season, we turn our Sunday Video Series to the notable commencement speeches happening on college campuses throughout the country — this one is a throwback with a timeless message. "Many people measure their success in the amount of minutes they get to speak with John Doerr," said Rice University President David Leebron in his introduction. The heavily-lauded venture capitalist has been involved with Intel, Google, Amazon, Netscape and other internet giants … read more

4245_7ee97c5f9a_small June 3, 2012 by Sarah Binder

During graduation season, we turn our Sunday Video Series to the notable commencement speeches happening on college campuses throughout the country. On May 17, author and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman addressed the graduates of The University of Arts in Philadelphia on the theme of creativity. While he was speaking to a crowd of musicians, fine artists and performers, his words are inspirational to anyone looking to define … read more

4220_26b6fb4024_small May 27, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

During graduation season, we turn our Sunday Video Series to the notable commencement speeches happening on college campuses throughout the country. Last year, Chris Sacca posed the tough question, "What is success?" He gave the simple answer of "happiness," and supplied graduates with a seven-step plan. One week ago, Jay Adelson, a veteran internet entrepreneur … read more

4093_3b31235018_small May 6, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Though Gary Vaynerchuk will not be one of this year's Big Omaha speakers, the energy, excitement and enthusiasm he brought to the event's first three years will undoubtedly be present because its help set the tone. The video below featuring Vaynerchuk at Web 2.0 Expo 2008 displays that tone. Honest, passionate and, as Big Omaha co-founder Jeff Slobotski likes to say, a "kick in the pants" kind … read more

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