Semantic social software: the Semantic Web for consumers


Nova Spivack
Founder and CEO, Radar Networks (Twine)


Nova Spivack, founder and CEO of Radar Networks, is one of the leading voices of the emerging Semantic Web, often referred to as Web 3.0. Nova founded Radar Networks to develop the next evolution of social software, based on the Semantic Web. In 1994, Nova co-founded EarthWeb, one of the first Internet companies. EarthWeb went public in 1998 and resulted in the Nasdaq's largest IPO single-day percentage point gain up to that point, spawning a wave of techology IPOs. Prior to EarthWeb, Nova worked at artificial intelligence and supercomputing ventures including Individual Inc., Xerox/Kurzweil and Thinking Machines. Nova is also the founder of Lucid Ventures, an early-stage incubator that originated the technologies that are now part of Radar Networks. Nova is a co-founder of the San Francisco Web Innovators Network (SFWIN), a network of several hundred technology innovators and business leaders who meet monthly in the Bay Area. Nova also worked with SRI and Sarnoff Laboratories at the end of the 90s to helped to co-found nVention, SRI’s in-house technology incubator. Nova’s weblog, Minding the Planet, focuses on Web 3.0 and other emerging science and technology topics.