Joe Firmage on Restoring the Potential of the Internet



  • What if we could go back 15 years and re-architect the Web? Could different financial models and social objectives be achieved? Joe Firmage will provide an insider's account of the rise and fall of the Internet economy and his take on the current challenges of the technology industry.

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    Joe Firmage (bio), Chairman and CEO, ManyOne Networks

    What if we could go back 15 years and re-architect the Web experience and financial models, employing all of the knowledge and wisdom gained in recent years? Are there new kinds of financial models capable of sustaining Web-based enterprises? What kinds of social objectives could be accomplished through an Internet medium designed from scratch to do so?

    The information technology community today is confounded by several challenges: irrational overinvestment in Internet startups, a recessionary macroeconomic environment, and the deflationary qualities of emerging technologies. This crisis is stalling progress in both advanced research and development and practical, applied solutions at a time when the capabilities of information technology to address urgent social challenges are skyrocketing.

    Meanwhile, the Open Source movement is gaining traction in many sectors of the software community, but powerful and successful commercial incumbents appear positioned to hold their ground. The economic paradigm supporting creative works hangs in the balance of the battles over copyrights in the Internet age.

    Just back from a successful appearance at DEMO, Joe Firmage's presentation will address these issues and give you insight into his new business, ManyOne Networks. Beginning with an insider's account of the rise and fall of the Internet economy, Mr. Firmage will place the current challenges of the technology industry in context of the world's macroeconomic situation. He will then demonstrate how a breakthrough Web browser and a new kind of business model may fundamentally transform the user experience -- and the economics -- of the Internet age.


    Bio: Joseph P. Firmage, Chairman and CEO, ManyOne Networks

    Joseph brings a lifetime of passion for science and more than a decade of business experience to his leadership of ManyOne Networks. Known as a visionary at the cusp of 21st century science and technology, he has led companies that pioneered both object-oriented programming tools and the commercial adoption of the World Wide Web. He began his professional career in 1989 as founder and CEO of Serius Corporation, an early pioneer of object-oriented visual programming tools for personal computers. Serius was acquired by Novell in 1993 in a transaction valued at $20 million.

    From 1993 through 1995, Joseph was Vice President of Strategy for Novell's Network Systems Group. From 1995 through 1998, he was co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of USWeb Corporation, which, under his leadership, became the world's largest Internet consulting firm, serving half of the Fortune 100. USWeb went public in 1997 with a market capitalization of $3 billion. In 1998, Joseph received Silicon Valley's "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" award from Ernst & Young.

    From 1998 through 2000, Joseph was Chairman of Intend Change, a venture construction firm that assembled a small number of significant information technology companies including Electron Economy and Invesmart, organizing $250 million in capital. Since 1999, he has been organizing the physics institute Motion Sciences Organization, and serves as its Chairman. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cosmos Studios, the Institute for Noetic Sciences, and is the founding sponsor of the Integral Institute.

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    Michael's Restaurant
    2960 N. Shoreline Blvd.
    Mountain View, CA


    6:00-7:00pm Hot Appetizers/No Host Bar/Networking
    7:00-8:00pm Presentation
    8:00-8:30pm Q & A

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