John Maloney Interview by Paul DiPerna | Blau Exchange
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John.. where did you go to college and/or graduate school? Is your
degree in business?
themes I attended California Polytechnic -- my
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Were there any people of particular
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your professional career? If so, how? Maloney's Bio
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I took the advice to get two years, then work for five, then finish
degree. I worked at Electromagnetic System Laboratories in Silicon
Valley. Hewlett and Packard were immensely influential to me.
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Were you able to work directly with both men?
comments policy No. I eventually went on to a long and prosperous career at their
You founded the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley
Knowledge Management Cluster.. When did you start it up? How did
you get interested in Knowledge Management (KM)?
It was started after leaving HP around 1987-88. I began leading KM
during the mid-80s and the quality revolution.
What was the "quality revolution"?
It was an industry movement toward Total Quality Movement,
beginning in the 1980s.
I understand that you launched Colabria about ten years ago? What
led you to the idea and mission behind Colabria?
Colabria was born from Collaboratory, a successful company that
got killed by the bubble. Colabria started around 2001, just after the
Has Colabria's mission evolved over the last 5-6 years?
No. The same. Removing barriers and increasing understanding of
human networks and collaboration.
The Internet has produced innovations that serve as enablers for
KM - such as Intranets, email, IM, wikis, blogs, content management
systems, online directories, social networking, Skype, among other
In your view, what are the most effective KM enablers via Internet,
The messy, biological, carbon-based element -- People!
Which I guess is where the idea of Prediction Markets comes into
this brief chat.. Can you briefly explain how prediction markets work?
Prediction markets, through contract price, inform outcomes.
Last question.. Today you just announced a Mid-Atlantic Cluster
Special Action/Research Event, sponsored by the AEI-Brookings Joint
Center, and it is slated for January 18, 2007. Who are some of the
notable speakers? What do you hope to be the outcomes of this
Outcomes include deeper relationships and collaboration among
stakeholders, development of better definitions, modification of
regulation, and all the traditional and routine trappings of industry
Here is the agenda. Professors, students, and administrators
should feel free to attend this event at Brookings.
If interested, see this page.
January 10, 2007
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