Why Not Organize a Web Worker Barcamp?

tdwcampOn April 25th, the Paris-based organization Travailleurs du Web will be holding TDWCamp, a barcamp for web workers here in Paris. Why not organize one in your city?
If you don’t know what a barcamp (or unconference) is, don’t feel bad. The name certainly doesn’t provide any clues if you don’t know the history. Barcamps are like structured brainstorming sessions with crowd-sourced agendas and organic, bottom-up organization. It’s a great format for generating ideas, energy and momentum that can be used by any special interest group, professional or otherwise. I’ll explain.
Somebody decides to have a barcamp. Anyone interested in the subject of the barcamp can sign up. Some participants offer to talk to the group about a topic in which they have expertise. Others indicate what topics they’re interested in hearing about/discussing. Read More about Why Not Organize a Web Worker Barcamp?

Kliavkoff to Leave Top Digital Spot at NBCU

George Kliavkoff is done bringing digital gospel to old media. Now he wants to “start, run or invest” in an online business, he said in an internal email announcing he will leave his post as NBC Universal’s chief digital officer at the end of the year. The email, parts of which were published by CNET today, noted that NBCU’s digital revenues will top $1 billion in 2009 and that Kliavkoff feels his work at the media giant is done.
Kliavkoff had been with NBCU since August 2006, was the interim CEO for Hulu before it became fully formed, and most recently led NBCU’s widely viewed portal for online Olympics coverage. He had also been in charge of less successful efforts like NBC Direct, the network’s dysfunctional web video-on-demand service. Prior to NBCU, Kliavkoff had led the digital arm of Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
Kliavkoff will stay with NBCU through the end of the year and take time off before his next project, according to CNET. NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker said in a cordial statement that he appreciated Kliavkoff’s efforts to embed digital into each of the company’s divisions. We at NewTeeVee will miss Kliavkoff’s informative public remarks that gave specific details into NBC’s digital thinking. We only hope he will continue to be so clear-headed at his next venture.
For some of Kliavkoff’s new media wisdom, see our 2009 predictions series from the end of last year, where he was a featured pundit.

This Week on the GigaOM Show: StumbleUpon’s Garrett Camp

Want tips on how to move to the Valley, take funding, and flip your startup for $75 million in under two years? Watch this week’s episode of “The GigaOM Show” with StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp. With a little prodding from startup lawyer and co-host Joyce Kim, Camp gets down to the nitty-gritty of stock options and the merits of angel funding. And GigaOM Managing Editor Carolyn Pritchard will be pleased to note that Camp is a fellow Canadian. Happy Boxing Day in advance!