A Conversation with Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose

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Brady Forrest in conversation with Jay Adelson and Kevin Rose from Digg.

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Brady Forrest

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Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
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Jay Adelson


Jay Adelson is CEO of Digg, guiding all aspects of the company’s development, growth and management. Under his leadership, Digg has grown to 26 million visitors per month, and is now considered one of the top socially focused Web sites.

Adelson is also chairman of the board of the Internet Television Network Revision3, where he provides strategic direction to the company.

Prior to Digg, Adelson founded Equinix, Inc (Nasdaq: EQIX), a leader in the data center and Internet infrastructure space. Equinix operates Internet data centers where more than 200 network service providers and hundreds of enterprises and content companies, including nine of the top ten Web properties, locate their Internet operations.

Adelson was also a co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation’s highly regarded Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX) and a founding employee of Netcom On-Line Communications, Inc., one of the nation’s first Internet Service Providers.

A well-recognized expert on technology and the Internet, Adelson has spoken at a variety of industry events and investor conferences, including Future of Online Advertising, Tech Crunch 40, Supernova, Web 2.0 Summit, Tech Policy Summit,, ISPCON, the Colocation & Hosting Summit, Next Generation Networks (NGN), NANOG, and Gilder’s Telecosm. In May 2008, Adelson was recognized in Time Magazine’s Time 100 – The Most Influential People in the World.

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Kevin Rose


Kevin Rose is the founder and chief architect of Digg. He oversees all aspects of the management and development of the Web site. Under his leadership, Digg has grown to more than 30 million unique visitors per month and has been included in TIME Magazine’s “50 Best Websites” list every year since 2006.

Kevin started Digg in September 2004 as a personal project. His initial idea was to conduct a social experiment in how masses of users could control and promote news and other content on the Web, without external editorial control. After a very short time, he realized the power of his idea, as Digg was becoming a resource for breaking news stories and developed a strong user following.

Kevin is also a co-founder of the Internet Television Network Revision3 where, as a member of the board, he provides strategic direction to the company. He also co-hosts the popular Revision3 show, Diggnation, a weekly video podcast based on digg.com news stories and content. Diggnation consistently ranks as one of the top podcast downloads from the Apple iTunes Music Store.

Prior to founding Digg and Revision3, Kevin was a co-host of the popular technology television programs Attack of the Show on the G4 Network and The Screen Savers on TechTV. During Kevin’s tenure at The Screen Savers, a live TV program focusing on computers and technology, it was the highest rated show on TechTV, reaching 55 million households.

Before working at TechTV, Kevin worked for several technology startups as well as for the U.S. Department of Energy.

A well-recognized expert on technology and the Internet, Kevin has spoken at a variety of industry events including the Web 2.0 Summit, Le Web 3, The Next Web Conference, and Ad:Tech. In 2007, Kevin was included in BusinessWeek’s “25 Most Influential People,” and in 2008, Details magazine’s “Mavericks 2008,” and the MIT Technology Review’s “TR 35.”

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John Vasko
11/19/2009 1:15pm EST

Also good to hear what the Digg guys are up to but this would have worked better with slides and sneak previews of some of the features of the new site.

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