Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

I met Tim Leary in 1990. He was a great inspiration to me and introduced me to many of the wonderful people that I know. One of the things we did together was talk about the web in its early days. He was very excited about the web and wanted him own web page. He had a great young team called Retina Logic who wanted to build the site so our company, Digital Garage funded part of the development. When the site won Cool Site of the Year in the personal web page category, it was great. Since Tim has passed away, the site has continued to grow. Thanks to the efforts of Chris the web master has continued to serve as a digital legacy to that I think Tim had in mind when you decided to get the site going.

This is an article about the early days of Mondo 2000. I thought we were friends, but this is what they had to say about me. I didn't know I was being "targeted for a possible investment." Of course it's not true that my parents came from "wealthy big business." I think the party they are talking about was the party that Tim Leary organized for me at the Mondo 2000 house to introduce me to a bunch of people in SF. Anyway...

quote: Mondo also partied with people whose money it coveted, throwing one affair for Joichi Ito, its Tokyo correspondent whose parents came from wealthy big business back in Japan, and who were being targeted for possible investment. During the course of conversation, the topic turned to the Japanese language. "You know, there are 12 ways of saying 'thank you' in Japanese," said Ito. "And every one of them insincere," replied novelist John Shirley.

I am slowly starting to get back into the rhythm of my busy life again. In the last month, we had memorial services at our home in Portola Valley, at her company, ECD in Troy, Michigan, at our home town in Iwate, Japan and in Hawaii.

My mother passed away. My mother had cancer for over 20 years and we had been struggling with her illness for a long time. She passed away at home with the support of the family. I think my mother had a very fruitful and happy life and was the most significant inspiration in my life.

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We went to Howard Rheingold's home to interview him and his daughter Mamie for the show as well. Howard spoke to us on the topic of virtual communities.