The hallway conversations I had at World Economic Forum

David Gergen has a conversation with Bill Clinton on the floor of the World Economic Forum

This week I’ve been wandering the hallways at the World Economic Forum meeting interesting people. Instead of keeping those conversations to myself I pulled out my iPhone 4 and recorded them with Cinchcast. Enjoy!

1. What it’s like to be a Quora reviewer, with Baidu’s Kaiser Kuo.

2. The Tech Guy (CTO) behind the World Economic Forum, Brian Behlendorf, told me about how the World Economic Forum is developing infrastructure and mobile apps to run the event.

3. Mashable’s founder, Pete Cashmore, talked about what he’s learned in Davos and the experiences he’s had. (He told me about dinner with a billionaire that could lead into something very special).

4. GE’s CMO, Beth Comstock is one of the top female executives in the world and she talked about what she’s trying to do to keep GE on top as one of the world’s largest corporations.

5. Discovered the future of “inside your body” drug tracking with Andrew Thompson, CEO of Mind-blowing technology to help people.

6. Discovered why people cheat and what the future of cheating (and beating cheaters) is with Duke University Professor Dan Ariely. Esther Dyson listened in and told me this was the best session of Davos for her.

7. The future of buildings with Serious Materials CEO, Kevin Surace.

8. How to protect your online reputation with’s CEO, Michael Fertik:

9. What are technology revolutions past and present with Esther Dyson.

10. The future of tablets and datacenters with Michael Dell.

11. The past and future of publishing with one of Europe’s most powerful publishers, Hubert Burda.

12. The future of cities with Chris Luebkeman, director for Global Foresight at the World Economic Forum.

13. The state of social media communities and addiction with Clay Shirky.

14. About China’s tech status with Kai-Fu Lee, former head of Google in China.

15. I had my mind blown by Harvard’s John Clippinger who taught me about the algorithmic corporation.

16. What Facebook is doing at the World Economic Forum by having a conversation with Randi Zuckerberg.

17. Forester’s CEO, George Colony, told me about trends in tech (the web is dead!?!)

18. The state of online news with Huffington Post’s CEO Eric Hippeau.

19. Price Waterhouse Cooper’s CEO told me what he’s learned about how CEOs think by surveying thousands of CEOs for its annual CEO survey.

20. Bloggers are more loyal employees, I learned, by talking with Francisco D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant, which has 100,000 employees.

21. Why Facebook is going to be the biggest bank in the world and how Ven is going to be the currency supporting it.

22. Wrapping up World Economic Forum 2011 with Jeff Jarvis.

Anyway, hope you enjoy these 20 conversations from the hallways at the World Economic Forum.


18 thoughts on “The hallway conversations I had at World Economic Forum

  1. What an idiotic comment. Did you listen to any of these conversations? Do YOU add any value to the Internet by trying to bring these kinds of conversations to the net? No, you just make idiotic comments.


    1. 😉 don’t feed the trolls Robert! You know that most of us just wish we could have those kinds of conversations with those people! Assume jealousy.
      Meanwhile, thanks for sharing with the rest of us!


  2. You probably would rather read a football score in the newspaper than watch the game. Sorry, but I spent three days getting you this content and if you don’t want to listen to it I don’t get why you would leave such a comment on a blog.


    1. I’m surprised at how defensive you became (in this comment and several others).

      If I understand properly, Chuck was interested in a script. Three days ago, I would have sworn Dragon just launched a product that did that; after offering it as a birthday present to a couple of journalist friends, it doesn’t. I watched too much of your videos, I guess.
      If you know anyone at Nuance suggest them, as a cloud service, or suggest Chuck to pay Amazon Turkers to do it.


    1. Hey Robert: I mean absolutely no disrespect, but I can see Chuck’s point and believe you should too. I did listen to a couple of these and I am more than thankful for them. Some people will, however, prefer to indeed have a transcript because it allows them to consume information much faster.

      It’s not a problem with your content (in fact, Chuck seems to like it enough to be a frequent visitor), but with preference. He’s also not demanding a transcript, he’s just saying he’d rather read text (and a fact is most people would).

      Anyway, you’re both right. Chuck can prefer to consume content whatever way he wants and you’re obviously free to publish it in any way you want. Hopefully there’ll be enough great content here for both ways of thinking 🙂


  3. Have been following most of you interviews and the one about cheating was the best by far.
    Keep up the great work. Are you going to be at MWC? would love to meet up and run two small ideas by you. (I’ll pay for the coffee/beer whatever floats your boat)


    1. Dan Ariely is absolutely brilliant – if you haven’t read his book Predictably Irrational, you should. It’s one of my favorite business books of all time. So many great clues on people and ways you should sell products.


  4. Good stuff. Always love the audio interviews. Such a great asset to just turn on your phone and interview someone. Why isn’t anyone picking up on this?


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