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Scoble Show: CEO Talk

posted by Mandy Sladden   [ updated Feb 12, 2008, 3:30 PM ]

Joe Kraus, CEO of JotSpot, has seen Silicon Valley’s highs and lows (he was founder of one of the 1990s hottest companies: Excite at Home) and here he shares with us his insights about whether we’re going through a bubble, what his new company, JotSpot, is trying to do, and a lot more

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Venture Voice: Joe Kraus of Jotspot

posted by Mandy Sladden

Conventional wisdom tells us to go get a job out of college to learn the ropes, not to take on friends as business partners, and to accept defeat gracefully. Joe Kraus's business war stories are anything but conventional. Before graduating college, he convinced five of his friends to pass on blue chip job offers to start a business of their own. What would that business be? They didn't know yet, but met at a burrito shop to come up with something. The rest is Internet history.

Joe was the founding president of Excite, one of the first well-known Internet search and content sites. After a merger, Joe left Excite@Home in 2000 and tried his hand at world travel, angel investing and politics. Unable to break the entrepreneurship addiction, Joe is now starting JotSpot, the first application-wiki company. More on his newest venture in the next show.

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BBC: Lessons from Silicon Valley

posted by Mandy Sladden   [ updated Feb 12, 2008, 2:49 PM ]

By Peter Day Presenter, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service

Joe Kraus could have been as big as Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the Stanford University students who invented the search engine Google in 1998.

Joe Kraus

But while Mr Brin and Mr Page have become the wealthy owners of a big chunk of what has become the most valuable media company in America, Mr Kraus has been less fortunate.

Don't feel too sorry for him, though: Mr Kraus is only 34 and he's certainly not poor.

But his story is perhaps more revealing than Google's, because of the lessons he's learnt.

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