Peer Producing A Web 2.0 Keynote

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The Web 2.0 conference juggernaut is coming to NYC this
fall. On September 16-19 there will be a Web 2.0 Expo at the Javits Center.

The conference organizers have asked me to give a keynote at
3pm on Wednesday, September 17th
. And they’d like me to talk about
the evolution of the web industry in NYC over the past fifteen years.

Last week I picked a title for my talk. It will be:

New
York’s Web Industry
From 1995 to 2008: From Nascent to Ascendent

I am very fortunate to have been hanging around the web
business in NYC since the start and I’ve witnessed some amazing things. I only
have 25 minutes to tell a story that really deserves a much longer treatment.
But that’s the time I’ve been allotted.

I am planning a highly visual presentation that will tell
the story in words, pictures, audio and video clips. I’ll provide the color
commentary.

Here’s where you all come in. I’d like to peer produce this
speech. We’ve created a wiki page where we’d like people to contribute anything
that they think is worthy of being in the keynote speech. We are specifically
looking for links, quotes, audio, and video, but if you’ve got something
important to contribute that’s in another form, please send it our way.

We’ve also set up a delicious tag if that’s easier for you.
It’s nywebhistory.

I’d also like to ask for suggestions for books I should read
in preparation for the talk. It’s only a month and a half away so I have to get
busy. Please leave any book  suggestions
in the comments please.

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