Rewind: 5 must see videos from RoadMap 2011

Last year at Roadmap we talked to folks such as Jack Dorsey, Matt Mullenweg, Drew Houston, Brian Chesky and others about how connectedness changes everything. Here are some videos to watch ahead of RoadMap 2012 which features the likes of Ev Williams and Kevin Systrom.

Roll the Video: Twitter, the Story So Far

Twitter, the micro-messaging company that is now said to be worth $10 billion didn’t start off that way. It was a germ of an idea that has become what I have often called, the megaphone for the planet. Check out this video of its origins.

Twitter Founders: Gladwell Got It Wrong

“Laughable,” “absurd,” “ludicrous” and “pointless” were words Twitter founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone used Monday night to describe a recent Malcolm Gladwell story in the New Yorker about the futility of social media to create real social change.

Twitter’s One Real Problem. No, Not Developers!

In a few hours, Twitter will host its first developer conference, Chirp in San Francisco. There are many questions surrounding the company’s attitudes towards its third party developers and who it might compete with. In reality, the company has a much bigger challenge ahead.

Oprah Is Keeping Twitter Hot

Twitter Founder Ev Williams went on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to talk about his San Francisco-based micro-messaging startup, and in the process turned his red hot company hotter. It’s not clear how many people are going to sign up for the service following the broadcast of Oprah’s show (and her subsequent twittering), but one thing is for sure: It was going to test Twitter’s infrastructure. And so far, Twitter has passed with flying colors. Read More about Oprah Is Keeping Twitter Hot

Microsoft Finally Found a Group They Can Impress


Joe Wilcox has an article on Microsoft Watch about Microsoft’s (s msft) new ads with kids. The series is called The Rookies, and there’s a second spot up.

Joe is less impressed with the second spot than the first, but goes on to explain how these ads have potential, Microsoft needs more of them (I’m sure more are coming), the kid should get an ‘A’ on the project, etc.

That’s all nice, but it misses an awkward thing about this whole series. Cute? Yes. I’ve liked them both. But then we all know kids and animals are everyone’s favorite commercial subjects. Still, why isn’t anybody stating the obvious? When you’re 4 and a half or 7 years old you have no idea what the phrase “I’m a PC” is supposed to mean.

Joe mentions the buzz Apple (s aapl) got with the old Switcher ads, but those were adults making real decisions. What can these kids do? Explain why mommy or daddy got a PC? Can they even tell us what a “PC” is? If you think Kylie and Alexa wouldn’t have been equally “impressed” if Mom or Dad were using Macs, or Linux, or something by Fisher-Price, you’re kidding yourself.
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A Brief History of Twitter

Dom Sagolla, formerly of Odeo Corp., corporate predecessor of Obvious Corp., the company behind Twitter, tells the story of the micro-messaging service that has caught the imagination of everyone from from tech mommies to cable news networks, sports stars and Hollywood stars. It has become a source of breaking news and rumors. It is the new pulsating heart of the real-time Internet. It was born at a time when Odeo was facing a rather bleak future:

“Rebooting” or reinventing the company started with a daylong brainstorming session where we broke up into teams to talk about our best ideas. I was lucky enough to be in @Jack’s group, where he first described a service that uses SMS to tell small groups what you are doing.

I remember that @Jack’s first use case was city-related: telling people that the club he’s at is happening. “I want to have a dispatch service that connects us on our phones using text.”

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Ev Williams: Twitter Not Limiting Followers

Updated with comments from Twitter: Dave Winer points to a series of discussions and blog posts about Twitter allegedly limiting people to 2,000 followers. In his opinion, it is a good idea, because “the expensive thing in Twitter is distributing status messages to large numbers of queues.” Actually, Twitter isn’t doing anything formal. Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter, left a comment in response to an earlier version of a post that explains it all.

I’m afraid this has gotten confused. There is no limit to the number of followers you can have. There is a limit to the number of people you can *follow*. This is mostly to reduce spam and depends on a number of factors. More details here: (link)

In other words, there are no such limits. Earlier reports were based There is no official word from Twitter, and all on a couple of blog posts and status messages, where people reported that they were running into the 2,000 follower problem. Read More about Ev Williams: Twitter Not Limiting Followers

Found|LINKS Mar 22 – Mar 29

Here’s this week’s list of stories we may have missed, but which you shouldn’t.

1) Why we make misjudgments:
On Tues. Mar 25, our friends at VentureHacks did a better job than I did of editing-down Marc Andreessen’s latest opus on cognitive bias, which is based on investor-lawyer Charlie Munger’s theories of “25 key forms of human behavior that lead to misjudgment and error, derived from Mr. Munger’s 60 years of business experience.” Mr. Munger is the longtime investing partner of Warren Buffett. Marc’s essay, The Psychology of Entrepreneurial Misjudgment, part 1: Biases 1-6., is worth reading, but try the VentureHacks version first. You might also want to check out Mr. Munger’s book: Poor Charlie’s Almanack.

2) Ideas/Business Models:
OK, it’s becoming a Twitter world. Could it be that now, instead of a Facebook app, you’ll need to write a Twitter app? Do your employees use Twitter? And ask yourself: does your company or business have a Twitter-play? With the access to consumers Twitter offers, it won’t take long for this platform will be monetized, big time. You need to be ready to take advantage. To wit: from blogger-founder Loic le Mur we get this list of 58 Twitter apps. Check it out.

3) Founder profile:
And speaking of Twitter, for a glimpse inside a the mind of another role model, read 10 Questions for Ev Williams, from Inc. magazine’s March issue. See also Max Chafkin’s profile of Ev, Anything Could Happen. Or if you’re pressed for time, our crib sheet of it, published Mar. 26: Do as Ev Says, and as Ev Does.

4) And related: reread Ev Williams’ magnum opus, dating from 2005!: Ten Rules for Web Startups .

5) How to be sticky: “If you want to succeed, you need people to remember and act on your ideas. For instance, if you are a leader, you want people to catch your vision.” F|R wrote on this very topic in November, but this week Life Optimizer published a great summary of Stanford Professor Chip Heath’s book: Made to Stick: why some ideas survive and others die. It’s written with his brother Dan. Read this post, and you don’t have to buy the book!