WTF Does Carson Daly Know About The Economics Of Social Media?

I have no idea, but he’s on the speaker lineup at the EconSM (economics of social media) conference put on by, being held on April 27th in Beverly Hills. Carson stands out amongst a mixed bag of speakers. Some people I would like to hear from on the economics of social media like the CEO of Bebo and Netvibes, but the there seem to be a lot of speakers from big media as well, Fox Interactive, CBS Interactive, Walt Disney Interactive… maybe they’ll be talking about the economics of buying innovative startups and crushing the life out of them.

Ok, I am a bit of a cynic, but I do think this will be a great conference, and they have a pretty good explanation of why Carson is going to be there.

We invited him because he personifies one of the stories the conference is telling: the merger of traditional media with social media. His production company has been particularly aggressive in signing talent associated with social media (i.e. YouTube phenomenon Brooke Brodack), and he’s been involved in a number of media-blurring endeavors. Those of you who either stay up late (or have a DVR) know that Daly has been a leader in integrating community and Net-savvy performers into his show. This is his language and he is part of the zeitgeist as much as anyone can be within a big media company.

Some people I would add to their list – Stowe Boyd, anyone from Skinny corp (builders of, makes 18M a year off t-shirts) anyone from Technorati, Six Apart, any wiki startups that are making money, flickr, Nish from, someone from (they’ve created a couple of startups from crowdsourcing). Any others?

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