Product as platform [and] Conversations about creativity



George E. Pake Auditorium at PARC 2009-04-14



Product as platform [and] Conversations about creativity

Designing Your Product as a Platform
Micah Laaker, Yahoo!

Learn how Yahoo! is designing its products to leverage third-party developers, embrace outside content, and weave its services into the larger web's fabric, all as part of its "Open Strategy" efforts.

Micah Laaker leads User Experience for the Yahoo! Open Strategy (YOS). Formerly creative director of Island Def Jam Music Group's in-house interactive group, he lead the conceptual and visual direction of many large-scale music and entertainment projects. He lives in sunny Mountain View, California, with his wife, son, and mammoth music collection, and he is known for his affinity to his home state: Nebraska.

20 Conversations About Creativity
Dan Brodnitz,

For the last two years, Brodnitz has been interviewing artists about their creative lives, with a particular emphasis on the practical side of the creative process: how people get things done, get inspired, and cope with the ebb and flow of idea generation.

These conversations have featured writers, musicians, visual artists, a clown, a choreographer, two cartoonists, a toy inventor, and a stand up comic. In this presentation, he reports back on what he's learned that can you can apply to your creative life and work.

Dan Brodnitz is a long-time publishing vet, past digital media publisher at O'Reilly Media, past graphics publisher at John Wiley & Sons, and interviewer-in-chief at Some of his projects have included co-creating the audio collective "Monkey Vortex Radio Theater" and co-writing the post-apocalyptic workplace situation comedy/play "Mankind's Last Hope."

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