The names Leo Laporte and John C Dvorak strike fear into the hearts of tech companies. Their ability to drive consumer adoption with their reviews — or kill a product or service stone dead if they don't like it — gives them huge power and influence in Silicon Valley. And Radio Ink has arranged for a rare appearance of the two men together, for a keynote at Convergence, being held March 4-5 in Santa Clara, California.
Laporte and Dvorak are specialists in developing online communities and followings, and both are entrepreneurs who create and produce online broadcasts for massive audiences. And an active, thriving online community on your website, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media is key to building loyalty with today's listeners. This influential duo will share their thoughts on community and how broadcasters can build communities that work.
Leo Laporte became known for his national cable show on CNET and for his national radio show about tech. He became an innovator by creating his own network-quality broadcasts online, which have amassed millions of listeners and viewers through his Twit TV. Known as "The Tech Guy," LaPorte is a popular speaker and the author of four best-selling Technology Almanacs, and has written for publications including Byte, MacUser, and InfoWorld. Today he's focusing on technology coverage for radio, television, and the Internet.
John C. Dvorak became nationally known because of his influential columns in InfoWorld Magazine, Marketwatch, Forbes, Barrons, MacUser, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, International Hearald Tribune, and San Francisco Examiner, and his OC Magazine column is licensed worldwide. He's also the author of over a dozen books. Dvorak is also VP of Mevio (formerly PodShow) and known for his work on Tech TV (formerly ZD Net) and CNET. He is currently a regular on Marketwatch TV, Twitcast," and the podcast “No Agenda," which he co-hosts with Adam Curry.