We’re back from our summer hiatus. This week’s guest is former Ning.com CEO Gina Bianchini.
I met Gina with a group of friends down in Cabo San Lucas last year. While enjoying good Mexican food, drink, and sunsets, we got to talking about what is important in the world and what is missing from the business, political and media conversations these days.
What we settled on was a realization that there is a lack of humanity and compassion in how people communicate with each other in these realms.
Together with Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, Gina founded Ning, an online platform for people to create their own social networks in October 2005. She left the company in March of 2010 to serve as an executive in residence at the Andreesen Horowitz venture firm.
Some time passed and I needed to follow up with her and thought it would be great to get her on film to talk about a new business venture she is launching in Palo Alto. I asked her why she is working literally blocks from her alma mater Stanford. For as worldly as she is in some ways, at heart she’s a Silicon Valley girl: born and raised in the shadow of Apple in Cupertino, a Stanford girl and now ten plus years in business in Palo Alto. It seems like she may be here to stay. And why not?
Join MIPtalk for a conversation with one of the nicest people around and a look into one of the most brilliant entrepreneurial minds of our day.
Hope you enjoy the conversation.
Lots more cool stuff on the horizon this fall.