Tom Coates

Tom Coates
Co-founder, Thington Inc.

Website | @tomcoates

TOM COATES is a technologist and writer, focused on the shape of the web to come and on developing new products that thrive in it. He’s worked for many prominent companies including Time Out, the BBC, and Yahoo! where he was Head of Product for the Brickhouse innovation team. He’s most known for the Fire Eagle location-sharing service, and for his work on social software, future media and the web of data. He writes (sporadically) at


Event Ballroom EFGH
Brady Forrest (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Christine Herron (Intel Capital), Marc Naddell (NAVTEQ), Tom Coates (Thington Inc.)
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“Over the Radar” is premiering for its kick-off season at Where 2.0 on April 19, 2011 during Ignite. This new chat fest sponsored by NAVTEQ Network For Developers will feature this team of dynamic visionaries who will discuss and in some cases debate the future of experiencing location in today’s hectic world. Read more.
Business & Strategy Ballroom F
Moderated by:
Tom Coates (Thington Inc.)
Darian Shirazi (Fwix), Justin Shaffer (Facebook), Christof Hellmis (Nokia gate5 GmbH), Matt Galligan (SimpleGeo)
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Stores, Malls, Bars - there locations are facts. Not owned by anyone, but gathering that data and just as importantly keeping it accurate is expensive. What can a startup do? Can they depend on larger players' APIs? Should they buy the data? Should they depend on their users? Or should companies pool together and just maintain one canonical database of places? Read more.
  • Nokia
  • OnStar
  • Esri
  • AT&T Interactive
  • Google
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • AND Automotive Navigation Data
  • C3 Technologies
  • Ditto
  • Facebook
  • Factual
  • MapQuest
  • Microsoft Corporation

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