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Sun’s CEO Jonathan Schwartz on Software Freedom

What’s the future of the Internet?

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems joined Sun News on BlogTalkRadio to talk about software freedom, open source, and the changing nature of the technology world.

Schwartz drops by to discuss the meaning of software freedom, and how Sun has embraced it for its business model.  Software freedom, according to Schwartz can be an “instrument of driving change, not only in the technology landscape, but also in society more broadly.”  He believes in the Internet’s ability to increase opportunity.

Open source should be embraced.  According to Schwartz, “open source is a critical enabler” that can benefit a variety of users, from college students, to start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies.

Schwartz also predicts that the future of the internet is still free for the end-user, in social networks, media, and beyond.  He predicts that “if one company is not providing a free service, there will likely be another one that is providing a free service.”  This competition drives innovation.

Take a listen to the archived interview, and you’ll catch Jonathan’s enthusiasm about what they are working on at Sun, and the potential of software freedom to engage and empower.

Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz on Software Freedom

What’s the future of the Internet?

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems joined Sun News on BlogTalkRadio to talk about software freedom, open source, and the changing nature of the technology world.

Schwartz drops by to discuss the meaning of software freedom, and how Sun has embraced it for its business model.  Software freedom, according to Schwartz can be an “instrument of driving change, not only in the technology landscape, but also in society more broadly.”  He believes in the Internet’s ability to increase opportunity.

Open source should be embraced.  According to Schwartz, “open source is a critical enabler” that can benefit a variety of users, from college students, to start-ups, to Fortune 500 companies.

Schwartz also predicts that the future of the internet is still free for the end-user, in social networks, media, and beyond.  He predicts that “if one company is not providing a free service, there will likely be another one that is providing a free service.”  This competition drives innovation.

Take a listen to the archived interview, and you’ll catch Jonathan’s enthusiasm about what they are working on at Sun, and the potential of software freedom to engage and empower.

What’s Going On? August 21, 2008

Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried

Good morning, radio fans. I hope you have no plans to leave your laptop today, because you’re going to spend a lot of time under your headphones. We’re calling it “The Day of Top Authors” here on BlogTalkRadio. Actually we should call it “The Day of Top Authors and More” because you won’t believe all the big name guests on tap today. Some are live and some are oldies but goodies, all are not to be missed.

Enough with the small talk, let me hit you with some highlights (all times EDT):

  • Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is in the house. Though this is being touted as a “21 and over” show, adults in attendance are sure to be entertained as Gilbert talks with host Olivia Wilder about his career as actor and funny guy today at 6:00 p.m.
  • Social media expert Chris Brogan will be a guest on Innovation Insider to discuss how businesses are using social media to reach new people. Don’t miss it this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
  • Buzzworthy Radio welcomes Guiding Light’s Alan Spaulding actor Ron Raines at 4:00 p.m.
  • Brad Thor, author of The Last Patriot chats with Andrea Shea King this evening at 9:00.

Don’t forget to re-visit these great segments:

  • Catch an archived version of an interview with actress and author Shirley MacLaine on the Radio Happy Hour.
  • John Havens interviewed Hugh Hefner back in May. You get to hear it again today!
  • Best selling author Jodi Picoult visited WSN Radio last September. Fortunately we’re bringing it to you again today!
  • In June Sir Salman Rushdie visited Saja HQ. Hear it all again on demand.

That should keep you busy for a while! Have a great day and don’t forget to listen while you work!

What's Going On? August 21, 2008

Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried

Good morning, radio fans. I hope you have no plans to leave your laptop today, because you’re going to spend a lot of time under your headphones. We’re calling it “The Day of Top Authors” here on BlogTalkRadio. Actually we should call it “The Day of Top Authors and More” because you won’t believe all the big name guests on tap today. Some are live and some are oldies but goodies, all are not to be missed.

Enough with the small talk, let me hit you with some highlights (all times EDT):

  • Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is in the house. Though this is being touted as a “21 and over” show, adults in attendance are sure to be entertained as Gilbert talks with host Olivia Wilder about his career as actor and funny guy today at 6:00 p.m.
  • Social media expert Chris Brogan will be a guest on Innovation Insider to discuss how businesses are using social media to reach new people. Don’t miss it this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
  • Buzzworthy Radio welcomes Guiding Light’s Alan Spaulding actor Ron Raines at 4:00 p.m.
  • Brad Thor, author of The Last Patriot chats with Andrea Shea King this evening at 9:00.

Don’t forget to re-visit these great segments:

  • Catch an archived version of an interview with actress and author Shirley MacLaine on the Radio Happy Hour.
  • John Havens interviewed Hugh Hefner back in May. You get to hear it again today!
  • Best selling author Jodi Picoult visited WSN Radio last September. Fortunately we’re bringing it to you again today!
  • In June Sir Salman Rushdie visited Saja HQ. Hear it all again on demand.

That should keep you busy for a while! Have a great day and don’t forget to listen while you work!

What’s Going On? August 7, 2008


Good morning, radio fans. We’re looking at another day filled with awesome programming. As you browse the list of highlights you’re sure to find some very familiar names – I hope you find some new favorites too. All times are EDT.

  • Reality Check Radio features a visit from Alex Colandonato from “Big Brother 9” toight at 11:00.
  • Jonathan Kaplan, from Sun Microsystems Labs, will discuss Project Wonderland, MPK20 (Sun’s Virtual Workplace), and Project Darkstar.3:00 p.m.
  • Do you have a mission? If not, make it your mission to listen to Flylady and Friends today at 2:00 p.m.  I always walk away from FlyLady’s segments with a good feeling.

Have a great day!

Deb


What's Going On? August 7, 2008


Good morning, radio fans. We’re looking at another day filled with awesome programming. As you browse the list of highlights you’re sure to find some very familiar names – I hope you find some new favorites too. All times are EDT.

  • Reality Check Radio features a visit from Alex Colandonato from “Big Brother 9” toight at 11:00.
  • Jonathan Kaplan, from Sun Microsystems Labs, will discuss Project Wonderland, MPK20 (Sun’s Virtual Workplace), and Project Darkstar.3:00 p.m.
  • Do you have a mission? If not, make it your mission to listen to Flylady and Friends today at 2:00 p.m.  I always walk away from FlyLady’s segments with a good feeling.

Have a great day!

Deb


Alan Levy Goes Head to Head with Newly Merged Sirius XM

BlogTalkRadio Founder & CEO Alan Levy

BlogTalkRadio Founder & CEO Alan Levy

So today’s article in the New York Post headlined “Downed Satellite” includes a one-line quote from me:

“‘I don’t think making people pay subscriber fees for content is sustainable,’ said BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy.”

The quote elicited a somewhat harsh response from the newly-merged Sirius XM satellite radio network. Chief Financial Officer David Frear tried to dismiss my comment by asking:

“We generated $2.3 billion in revenue for the trailing 12 months, how much did BlogTalkRadio generate? Do they have a viable business plan?”

Before I respond to David’s question regarding the viability of our business plan, let me elaborate on why I think Sirius XM is in for hard times. Here’s a list of obstacles I see hindering satellite radio’s growth:

• The cost of content is way too high. Howard Stern, the $500 million man, is reported to have only 1.2 million listeners to his show a week. And those are not unique listeners. Howard has far and away the largest audience on Sirius. (Take a look at the numbers reported just nine months ago in The Daily News.) Notwithstanding the huge contracts awarded to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, I believe the days of big radio contracts are over.

• Cars are being equipped with devices that can accommodate Internet surfing. Why subscribe to Sirius XM when passengers can access their Last.fm, Yahoo or Pandora playlists? There are endless choices for streaming music, all far more appealing than the choices offered by satellite radio.

• Cars are also being equipped with iPod jacks and other MP3 accessories.

• When cars can accommodate the Web, why should someone pay a subscription fee for CNN or Fox News when content can be streamed directly off those websites for free?

• There’s a limit to the number of channels – and, thus, content – that can be distributed on the Sirius XM network. In July, more than 4,000 hosts produced tens of thousands of hours of programming on BlogTalkRadio. How many hours of programming did Sirius and XM offer?

• While I haven’t scoured Sirius and XM’s annual reports to determine the cost of maintaining a satellite network, there’s no doubt that a low-cost, Internet-based model for creating and distributing content is far more appealing to investors.

• We live in an on-demand TiVo world. To date, BlogTalkRadio has produced more than 110,000 discrete shows, all of which are accessible via our network. Audiences want to consume content when they want it and not when it’s scheduled. Does Sirius XM make all its content available in archives?

Of course, what do I know? As Sirius XM’s CFO asks, “Do they have a viable business model”?

Let’s see…

• Unlike satellite or traditional terrestrial radio, our costs to produce, distribute and store content is negligible.

• We have more than three million listeners per month to shows whose topics range from politics to entertainment to sports to parenting to paranormal. Our hosts produce more than 500 live shows a day, and there is no limit on the number of shows or hosts the BlogTalkRadio radio network can accommodate.

• We aggregate programming by topic, thereby offering a far more targeted audience to our customers.

• Lastly, we license privately-branded radio networks to major companies and organizations, including the Department of Defense, Sun Microsystems, HarperCollins and Golf Magazine.

It’s an interesting debate, and one I’m looking forward to engaging in as it develops.

Alan

Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz on BlogTalkRadio

Sun Microsystems CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, joins BlogTalkRadio’s show Media 2.Open today for a transparent conversation about business.

Jonathan

Today at 2:30pm ET, John C. Havens welcomes, CEO and president of Sun Microsystems, blogger, and a member of Sun’s board of directors: Jonathan Schwartz, who proves yet again that he is an inveterate communicator. Having led Sun’s drive to engage the marketplace, and redefined corporate transparency, he’ll be sharing his insights with you. Join them live.