Joyent’s Bryan Cantrill on technology, fear, and the rise of Trump

Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill has been a welcome presence at Structure events in the past due to his high-energy takes on the state of our technology world. But after the United States elected Donald Trump as president last night, he hastily rewrote his talk to address the impact that cloud computing — and technology in general — is having on the economic challenges that so many people in this country face.

There’s no real way to sum up a Bryan Cantrill keynote: you simply have to watch it in the video embed below (apologies for the low bit-rate version, we wanted to get it up quickly). You can follow along with his slides here. It’s a powerful indictment of the priorities that govern product development in the tech industry, and we’re proud that we were able to showcase it Wednesday at Structure 2016.

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The Structure Show: A historic chip deal, Google’s Pokemon Go challenge, and why cloud privacy might cause new data laws

On this week’s episode of The Structure Show, Barb Darrow of Fortune and Stacey Higginbotham of The IoT Podcast join me to talk about the huge Sofbank-ARM deal and its impact on the future of computing, the scramble to scale Pokemon Go on Google’s cloud, and why a big win for Microsoft in the courts might actually cause more problems down the road.

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The Structure Show: AWS earnings, meet Dell Technologies, and OpenAI opens for business

This week, Barb Darrow of Fortune and I talk about the first-quarter performance of Amazon Web Services, the bellweather cloud company that might just be a standard by which to measure the health of the tech industry in general. We’ll also check in on the progress of the world’s biggest merger ever, should it actually happen, and look at the first release from OpenAI, the joint project from Elon Musk and Sam Altman that is trying to compete with the big AI corporate research groups as a mom-and-pop outfit, although those are two very rich parents.

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How GE is closing datacenters and moving to the public cloud

GE’s Chris Drumgoole caused quite a stir in cloud computing circles last year when he vowed that the industrial giant was going to move everything in its arsenal to the public cloud. While it’s definitely hard to turn a 123-year-old company with over 300,000 employees on a dime, GE is making more progress than you might expect.

“One hundred percent public cloud is still our goal,” Drumgoole said in an interview last week ahead of his upcoming appearance at Structure 2015 in November. “We’re on or slightly ahead of schedule with that march. It hasn’t been without pain, but almost none of the pain has been technical.”

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As we discussed with Pinterest’s Raj Patel a few weeks back, even cloud-native companies have to build a culture around the use of cloud computing services. At GE, the engineers got on board (after a little grumbling), but getting legal to buy into the plan was much harder, especially given GE’s multinational customer base.

So how is GE pulling this off?

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Introducing Structure, a new tech events company

We’re getting (some of) the band back together.

When Gigaom abruptly shut down last March, the world lost not just a storied tech blog but a vibrant and growing series of tech events, a forum based on editorial integrity in which some of the most important issues of our world were hashed out and where visionaries and startups could mix, mingle, and learn from each other.

As several of us wondered what to do next, we realized pretty quickly in talking to our contacts in the tech industry that the demise of the Structure Series — Structure, Structure Data, and Structure Connect — left quite a void in the yearly calendar. So over the past several months, a series of quiet conversations began in hopes of bringing back this one-of-a-kind event portfolio.

Today we are thrilled to announce that several former members of the Gigaom team are picking up the pieces of the series and bringing them back to life, beginning this November with the first Structure event — the cloud-focused event traditionally held in June — to be held in San Francisco.

Clare Ryan, Gigaom’s former Vice President of Events, is leading the new company, and I’m going to be Executive Editor. We’ll also be joined by Erin McMahon and Stacey Tomlinson of longtime Gigaom event partners Magnify Communications, as well as the former Gigaom marketing team behind those events.

Structure LLC is a newly formed company that purchased the Structure event assets from Gigaom’s creditors with the goal of maintaining the Structure Series at the forefront of live technology events and bringing the entire community of Structure supporters together again. To that end, while Structure LLC was not involved in the decision by Gigaom to cancel previous events and does not have any legal obligations related to them, the company intends to provide accommodation for individuals and companies that had signed up to attend or sponsor canceled events. Structure has no connection to Knowingly Corp., which acquired in May, and is not backed by any former Gigaom investors.

Structure will take place November 18th and 19th at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco and attendees can expect to see many familiar faces on stage and in the audience.  We’re in the process of building a new website and we’ll share more details about the agenda and speakers over the next few weeks.

We are beyond excited at the chance to salvage something from the unfortunate end of a company that enabled us to put out a product that made us proud. We intend to nurture a series of events that live up to the ideals Om Malik set out for Gigaom when he founded the company:

  • Give respect: the respect we want.
  • Take less, give more.
  • Others don’t have to lose for us to win.
  • Better, not more.
  • Keep it simple, keep it honest.

Please join us in November at Structure, and please follow us on Twitter @StructureSeries. We’ll have many more details to share in the next few weeks.