Daily Archives: March 8, 2012

Joe Green, NationBuilder co-founder

In the summer of 2004, Joe Green, then 21, lived in a trailer with a 70-year old roommate in the 120-degree Arizona desert, while his college friends holed up in a house in Silicon Valley were building a website called TheFacebook.

Green led the grassroots campaign for John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, for four months in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, mobilising local residents to knock on their neighbours’ doors and win votes for Kerry.

Today he’s become the president of NationBuilder, a start-up company that builds software to make jobs like the one he toiled at during that hot summer easier. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Photography takes the same kind of leap as black-and-white movies to colour or music from mono to multi-track with the Lytro – a camera that captures light rays and their direction, allowing incredible manipulation of images after they are taken.

The subject of the latest Personal Technology column, the Lytro is an amusement for now, but is likely to change photography radically in the long run. Read more

In the afterglow of Apple’s big iPad 3 reveal yesterday comes the somewhat souring realisation for its legions of European fans that they will not be able to use the much hyped 4G capabilities for some time, if at all on this device, writes Dan Thomas.

Sure, they will get the high-definition screen and the spruced up processor, but Europeans will not be able to happily “facetime” 4G LTE iPad owners in North America on super speedy mobile broadband. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

A recent FT series on the state of the UK’s tech industry asked if Britain had what it takes to  go head to head with Silicon Valley in building great new global companies.

Financing, ideas and ambition were the three areas where British start-ups are often seen as struggling, but news from Songkick, a social network for gig-goers based in Shoreditch, shows that the UK can succeed in all three.

Songkick has become the first UK company to receive an investment from Sequoia Capital, one of Silicon Valley’s best-known venture capital firms having formerly invested in Apple, Google and YouTube to name but a few. Read more

Richard Waters

David Abraham, head of the UK’s Channel 4, used the FT’s Digital Media Conference in London on Thursday to let loose a new hybrid on the broadcast landscape: a linear TV channel shaped by online social media. Plumbing word of mouth to shape programming is “a kind of reverse [programming guide],” he said. Read more