Recent Blog Posts


Toasting the Digital Divide with Open Source: an interview with Jason Hudson of South Africa's Freedom Toaster Project

Jason Hudson is the Technical Product Manager for the Shuttleworth Foundation and founder of the Freedom Toaster project.

The Freedom Toaster is a free vending machine/kiosk that dispenses open source software burned to CD or DVD in locations throughout South Africa. Hudson also evaluates funding proposals and runs technical projects for the Shuttleworth Foundation. READ MORE


We, the clueless

In a recent interview conducted by nonprofit blogging guru Marshall Kirkpatrick, marketing guru Seth Godin calls nonprofits "so so clueless" for not jumping on his Squidoo bandwagon. is Seth's new Web service. For no charge, it allows anyone to create a Web page -- with links, reviews, photos, products for sale -- about any particular topic. But as Seth told Marshall, "Most non profits are so so clueless. My favorite example: more than a quarter of a million people have used Squidoo since December. Any idea how many non-profits have emailed me and asked to be listed as a charity or to get promotion? ZERO....It's not like I'm hard to find." READ MORE


Video Profile: Amy Critchett

At a recent Net Tuesday event in San Francisco, Amy Critchett of Uth TV tells us how their service empowers youth to be passionate around digital media. 

Video Profile: Amy Critchett

This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to this RSS feed with your favorite video catcher, such as iTunes, Democracy or FireAnt. READ MORE


Calendering the Social Web: an interview with Leonard Lin of

Leonard Lin is one of the co-founders of, a popular social calendering service recently acquired by Yahoo. Upcoming takes event planning, promotion and attendance to the next level by supporting comments, groups, tags, RSS and much more. It makes several parts of events management easier and more efficient by utilizing new, social technologies.

I got to sit down with Leonard at the South by South West conference and we had a great talk about Upcoming and the future of web services and applications. READ MORE


Angela Glover Blackwell - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink, to speak

Angela Glover Blackwell founded PolicyLink in 1999. A renowned community building activist and advocate, Blackwell served as senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation where she oversaw the Foundation's Domestic and Cultural divisions. Blackwell also developed Rockefeller's Building Democracy division, which focused on race and policy, and created the Next Generation Leadership program. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council, where she pioneered new approaches to neighborhood revitalization. From 1977 to 1987, Blackwell was a partner at Public Advocates, a nationally known public interest law firm. She is the co-author of Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America published in 2002 by W.W. Norton & Co. READ MORE


Broadcast your event, calls, etc on the web for $40.00 - NiceCast

So, while doing some research for my NTEN VOIP session I came across this little gem.

If you take the recipie of a Mac + NiceCast + VOIP client (ala Wengo, Skype, etc) you can stream your conference calls, or anything you're doing via Voice-over-IP.  What's more: NiceCast will stream ANY audio over the Internet coming off your Macintosh.  Wow! 

For a list of hand VOIP links from the NTEN VOIP session goto: READ MORE


Online Social Networking & PodCasts -

Ok, so my newest addiction is which lets you play web streams based upon a band, a tag, other people's "radio stations", etc.  Its like Pandora but better IMHO.  They've also built up a community of folks around this.

So what? right! What does this have to do with NetSquared?  So, it looks like you can add your own tracks as well so I think it would be interesting to build up a "social" library of speeches, interviews, radio shows, podcasts, etc on that could then be tagged, grouped, and most importantly discovered by other people.  The link at  indicates that you can add your own tracks... so it would seem as simple as adding your podcast, tagging it, and whallah! its exposed in this larger community. READ MORE


Zack Rosen and Tara Hunt Speaking at the Next SF Net Tuesday

We had a great turnout for our special Net Tuesday last night at Zeum. There must have been 80 or 90 people there.  Check out this cool photo of the crowd taken by Chris Heuer of BrainJams

Big thanks to Buzz Andersen, UthTV and the DJ Project for speaking and performing, and to Kristie Wells of BrainJams and Christopher Postoloff for helping to set up. READ MORE


Rheingold "Speaking" in Second Life Future Salon

Speaking of Howard Rheingold, he'll be "speaking"--make that text chatting--at the Second Life Future Salon Thursday, 4 pm Pacific Time. Second Life is a massive, elaborate virtual world created by Linden Labs of San Francisco. Membership in Second Life is free. So if you're a fan of Rheingold or want to experience the growing world of virtual spaces, check-out this event. If you see Chester Carnot, that's me. READ MORE