While the economy tanked, Match.com grew. Former CEO Greg Blatt, who just took over from Barry Diller at IAC, tells us how he did it—and what it's like to go on a Match.com date when you run the company.
So USA Today technology columnist Kevin Maney opines today that Barry Diller is no idiot. Duh. He's talking about Diller's recent speech at a technology conference, when he remarked that real talent is rare, which makes the proliferation of user-generated media such as blogging and podcasting much ado about nothing. The real game, says Diller, is to match high-quality content (and the A-list talent that creates it) to new-media delivery systems.
I've been ducking in and out of the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco this week, and it has been pretty consistently great. Just to name drop for a moment: the coffee breaks offered the chance to sip java with the likes of former FCC chairman Michael Powell, Release 1.0 founder Esther Dyson, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and InterActive Corp. CEO Barry Diller.