2 great podcasts: Robert Scoble and Gil Penchina

This past week I’ve listened to an excellent businessjive.com podcast featuring famous blogger Robert Scoble, who just left Microsoft to join podtech.net. Judd Bagley did a great interview. You learn how Robert’s background in journalism has positioned him to be a major player in the blogging and podcasting movements and how his father’s relocating to Silicon Valley gave him phenomenal opportunities, even while he was in junior high or high school.

Also, today I listened to a 55 minute recording from Stanford University made on June 6th I think, a discussion with Gil Penchina, new CEO of Wikia, the for-profit wiki company founded by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Wikia is going to make its mark. Gil was with eBay for 8 years, has been an angel investor for 8 years, and has invested in 30-40 startups (including LinkedIn.com). Now he is running one. He gives some excellent insights into the culture of startup companies, the importance of friends and connections, and why he thinks Wikia will succeed with content coming from volunteers. This podcast was sponsored by DFJ and is part of a Stanford weekly lecture series.

My favorite part was when he was talking about learning more from failures than from successes and he described one of his biggest failures, a near melt-down while he was at eBay. He learned some really valuable lessons from it. He had a great quote he learned while an engineer at GE: “If at first you don’t succeed, bury all the evidence that you even tried.” None of us want the world to think we’ve had failures, but we all have. And there are some great lessons to be learned from talking about them.

I downloaded both podcasts from iTunes.

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