One of the most rational voices in the Valley, David Sacks has hit many of the commonly agreed upon entrepreneurial “milestones,” and he’s only 40. Sacks is part of a mafia (PayPal), he’s had a pivot (MyGeni) and he’s won a TechCrunch startup competition, back when it was TechCrunch 50.
He’s also successfully built an enterprise product with Yammer and then sold it to Microsoft for over a billion dollars. He’s even dabbled in Hollywood. And now he’s arguing that there’s nothing left to do, debatably because he’s done it all (Okay, so maybe he hasn’t had an IPO besides PayPal, who’s counting really?).
No seriously, what’s next for David Sacks, other than a stint in politics? TechCrunch Disrupt that’s what. Sacks will be taking the stage with the other rockstars at what promises to be the Coachella of tech conferences, to give us his obviously keen observations of the future of the Valley, technology and innovation.
Folks, we are merely two weeks away from one of the most badass tech conferences of the year. Get your tickets here while you still can!
And, as I now constantly write at the end of these things, if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, opportunities can be found here. Students can also come and be a part of Disrupt SF, for cheaper obviously.
Founder & CEO, Yammer, Inc.
David O. Sacks is the Founder and CEO of Yammer, Inc. Sacks was previously the COO of PayPal until its acquisition by eBay. Subsequently, he founded Geni.com, a family tree building and networking website. He also produced and financed the hit movie Thank You For Smoking. David recently sold Yammer to Microsoft for $1.2 billion.
David holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
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No matter what you have to say about them, location-focused services have proved extremely powerful, and there’s still much more innovation to be done. Foursquare, which I’m loving more and more as it evolves into a discovery tool, is the dominant player. Then there are startups like Highlight and Sonar, which help you connect with people nearby. Beyond that, anything Facebook does in this space matters (at least somewhat) and Apple’s Find My Friends sticks out like a sore thumb on the utility side of things.
With all these initiatives in mind, there’s something curious about a little Web app by the name of iHi.
Created by Ben Howdle and Jack Smith, the makers of SVGeezy, iHi lets you quickly and easily broadcast your location privately (by email) or publicly (on Twitter). Somehow as just a Web app, it manages to succeed in ease of use and simplicity where Find My Friends fails. It’s a very simplistic app, but the execution is where it wins. You might as well consider it an experiment in how simple a Web app can be, while still being entirely useful.
Here I am. At a coffee shop in East Village:
We talked with Howdle about how and why you’d use it:
What it is? It’s very simple location sharing, it’s not a vanity thing, like Foursquare, it’s a practical tool for everyday situations. Meetups, conferences, events all suit ihi.im perfectly, it excels in short distance routing (uses Google’s Walking routes).
According to Howdle, he had kept this idea in the back of his mind for quite a while. “I just thought, it’s so simple, surely it’s been done. But, nothing really sprang to mind.”
As for future plans, Howdle says he’s “already had someone request an API for it so they could make an iPhone app for it.” It looks like that’s next on the team’s list.
Check out iHi via the link below and let us know if you feel this tool could be worked into your daily toolkit. What do you think?
Featured image by (vincent desjardins)
You guys aren’t dummies, you know why we’re constantly posting about our TechCrunch Disrupt conferences. The conferences make us money, and this money allows us to hire even more writers to cover your (yes YOUR) startup.
Attendance is totally worth it, as you get access to our all-star speaker lineup, a fresh new crop of amazingly talented Startup Battlefield companies, and of course, all the writers we are hiring to write about your (yes YOUR) startup.
Also, watching a bunch of startups duke it out for the Disrupt prize of $50,000, the Disrupt cup, and all the accolades that come with it is thoroughly entertaining. Trust me, I used to FLY up from LA to cover this event back when it was called TC 50. *
Pro tip: Today is your absolute last day to purchase your Early Bird tickets, so I highly suggest plopping down your moola asap and then running up a 1K tab at one of the many, many Disrupt after parties, like a boss. People who want more serious information can view the entire agenda here.
Let me reiterate (always be closing, always be closing) this is the last time tickets will be at available at the Early Bird price of $1,995 — after today, they move up to $2,995 each. Seriously, don’t hesitate (always be closing) get your tickets NOW.
*Disclosure: I’m super-biased because I now work at TechCrunch and these conferences pay my bills, and occasionally my bar tab.
Doing meetups and attending conferences is great for uncovering new startups and entrepreneurs, but sometimes you just want to sit down over coffee for a few minutes and explain what you’re doing. So I’m starting a new series of one-to-one sessions which will hopefully be fairly regular (schedule allowing). I’ll be doing “Open Office Hours” sessions at various locations associated with startups, and as I’m based in London that’s where I’ll mainly be doing them. The idea is you apply for a slot and wait for confirmation. This isn’t about long meetings, it’s more about getting a quick heads-up and then following up later. Next week I’ll be at startup space White Bear Yard, home to Passion Capital and a number of their startups. You can sign up for a slot here. The next session after that will be at Innovation Warehouse, slots here. To follow other sessions, here’s my OHours profile or follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
Continued here: Open Office Hours With TechCrunch Europe