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May 16, 2008

Release 2.0, Issue 8 - New from O'Reilly: Getting the Most out of the Mashup of Wall Street and Web 2.0

Sebastopol, CA--Wall Street and Web 2.0 are like iron and carbon: useful enough on their own but mix them together in the right proportions and you have the means for building something incredibly strong and flexible. But it's the "right proportions" that have proven to be a challenge. One year ago, Release 2.0 set about determining where Wall Street and Web 2.0 would ideally come together in a way that would magnify the strengths of both. That exploration inspired O'Reilly's Money:Tech conference this past February (http://en.oreilly.com/money2008/public/content/home), and it continues in the latest issue of Release 2.0, which covers best practices on both sides of the line as leading experts outline steps for how Wall Street and Web 2.0 can work together and succeed.

Both Wall Street and Web 2.0 practitioners harness vast amounts of data in the attempt to understand events in real- time. Both gain from harvesting collective intelligence, building community, and understanding how being more open can make them more profitable.

In the tech world, in spite of all the buzz about Web 2.0, many businesses are still struggling to understand what it's all about. On Wall Street, adoption of new ideas--such as openness, community, and technology mashups--has met with resistance. Still, progress is being made. As Release 2.0 editor Jimmy Guterman says, "A year after Release 2.0 firsts looked at what financial markets and web markets have to teach one another, it can still seem like the two groups are still talking past each other. But we're seeing early signs of how Wall Street and Web 2.0 can work together--and deepening evidence that the two may become inextricable."

"We talk to Paul Kedrosky, chair of our Money: Tech conference and an influential blogger on the topic (as well as others), about why some on Wall Street hate Web 2.0--and what Web 2.0 can do to infiltrate Wall Street nonetheless," explains Guterman. "Entrepreneur Marc Hedlund, now chief product officer for personal finance startup Wesabe, examines what happens when hidden data gets surfaced, Cathleen M. Rittereiser talks to hedge fund managers to discover what they think they want from Web 2.0--and what they're actually getting. Longtime Radar contributor Nathan Torkington digs deep into prediction markets and spells out both how to manage them and what companies might gain from implementing them."

Topics covered Release 2.0, Issue 2.0.8 include:

Looking for the New Pond
By Jimmy Guterman
Advice from Money:Tech conference chair Paul Kedrosky on how to overcome skepticism and how not to look like a "twit."

The Wider Impact of Money 2.0
By Marc Hedlund
Collective money management shows one way Wall Street and Web 2.0 could work together.

What Do Hedge Fund Managers Want from Web 2.0?
By Cathleen M. Rittereiser
They’ll want more once they understand it more.

Seven Hot Prediction Markets Tips
By Nathan Torkington
Best practices for starting and managing a prediction market in your company.

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