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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The create-your-own-social-network platform Ning has now produced nearly half a million social networks, with a new one created every 30 seconds, CEO and founder Gina Bianchini says. The company will launch an iPhone application on Friday. Jason Pontin, Editor of the MIT Technology Review, conducted this interview for Beet.TV on the MIT campus.
Bianchini gave a keynote speech at the MIT Technolgoy Review EmTech08 conference yesterday, and CNET editor-in-chief Dan Farber blogged about it here. Robert Mitchell at Computerworld interviewed Bianchini after her speech and asked some tough questions about Ning's advertising revenue model.
--Kelsey Blodget, Associate Producer
Gina Bianchini, CEO of Ning, writes in The New York Times that the custom-label social network platform has been deployed on 600,000 networks. She is the guest author of the article. In September, we caught up with Gina on the campus of MIT where she was keynote speaker at the EmTech08 conference. Handling the interview for me was Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of Technology Review.
We have reposted the interview today.
-- Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
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Ning, the social network software company, has raised a venture round of $15 million, putting the company's private valuation at $750 million, Kara Swisher reports tonight.
Last September at MIT's EmTech conference, I asked Jason Pontin, editor of Technology Review, to interview Ning CEO and co-founder Gina Bianchini. We have republished the interview tonight.
Andy Plesser, Managing Editor