Jimmy Wales

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales explains operating costs, censorship in China and the budding Wikivoyager. (4:59)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE OF WIKIPEDIA.

THE NEUTRALITY OF THIS INTERVIEW WILL BE DISPUTED.

PLEASE WELCOME JAKE JIMMY WALES.

HEY, JIMMY NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANKS.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

FIRST OFF DO YOU NOT WEAR TIES IN THE INTERNET WORLD?

>> TIES?

NO, NO, NOT REALLY.

>> Stephen: WIKIPEDIA ONE OF THOSE LOOSEY GOOSY PLACES WHERE YOU HANG OUT ON BEAN BAGS ALL

DAY LONG AND PLAY PAP POP A SHOT.

>> PING PONG.

>> Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THE LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE WAS RIGHT AFTER I SAVED THE HE ELEPHANTS.

>> I REMEMBER THAT.

>> Stephen: SIX YEARS NOW.

SINCE YOU WERE LAST ONE WIKIPEDIA WAS BEEN UBIQUITOUS -- I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS --

GO TO SITE FOR BILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

19 BILLION PAGE VIEWS A MONTH.

YOU MUST BE ROLLING IN THE CASH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

RIGHT?

RIGHT?

WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS MODEL?

>> WELL, WE'RE A CHARITY.

AND WE EXIST FROM DONATIONS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

>> Stephen: OKAY, SO YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS MODEL.

>> NONE, WHATSOEVER.

>> Stephen: FRANKLY THAT'S WHY I WANT TO HAVE YOU ON.

THIS IS IT AN INTERVENTION.

[ LAUGHTER ]

IN DECEMBER, YOU WENT ON AND WENT TO WIKIPEDIA IN DECEMBER?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

YOU HAD THAT BANNER ACROSS THE TOP IT WAS YELLOW WITH RED LETTERING.

SUPER PANICKY LIKE HAZARDOUS WASTE SPILL SAYING WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE UNLESS YOU GIVE

WIKIPEDIA MONEY?

HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED?

>> WEAPON SPENT AROUND $28, 29 MILLION.

HIGHER FOR NEXT YEAR.

>> Stephen: FORGIVE ME IF I'M MISTAKEN.

8 5,000 WRITER EDITORS UNPAID?

>> UNPAID.

>> Stephen: WHERE IS THE $28 MILLION GOING, JIM?

IF YOU DON'T SAY MY FLEET OF CIGARETTE BOATS IN BOCA.

WHY DO YOU NEED $28 MILLION FOR SOMETHING OTHERS ARE DOING?

>> WE NEED THE SERVERS, THE TECHNICAL STAFF.

>> Stephen: GODADDY.COM.

THEY CAN HANDLE THAT, RIGHT?

>> NO.

IT'S A LITTLE MORE COMPLICATED.

>> Stephen: REALLY $28 MILLION JUST TO RUN THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF IT.

>> WE DO.

A PORTION GOES TO THAT.

OUTREACH.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS OUTREACH?

WIKIPEDIA IS OUTREACH, WHAT DO YOU MEAN OUTREACH?

>> ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE FOCUSED ON IS THE GROWTH OF WIKIPEDIA IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.

GETTING PEOPLE FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD TO CONTRIBUTE IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.

>> Stephen: CHINA HAS THEIR OWN TWITTER.

DO THEY HAVE THEIR CHINA-PEDIA.

>> BAIDU, WHICH YOU MENTIONED THEY COPY EVERYTHING FROM WIKIPEDIA AND CALL IT BAIDU.

>> Stephen: I DO THE SAME THING AND I CALL IT GUEST RESEARCH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> WE DO EXIST IN CHINA.

WE WERE BANNED FOR THREE YEARS IN CHINA.

WE'RE MOSTLY AVAILABLE.

THEY STILL FILTER CERTAIN PAGES ON SENSITIVE TOPICS.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS SENSITIVE TO THE CHINESE?

RACIALLY SENSITIVE?

I KNOW YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE RACIALLY INSENSITIVE TO ASIANS.

>> APPARENTLY NOT.

THINGS LIKE TIEN MEN SQUARE.

TAIWANEES INDEPENDENCE.

>> Stephen: SURE.

TIE BET EXISTING.

THAT'S A SORE SUBJECT.

YOU HAVE CRUSHED BRITANNICA.

YOU DESTROYED IT.

THEY NO LONGER PRINT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Stephen: HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PRESS MY FLOARL RARNGMENTS.

DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO DRY A CALLA LILY BETWEEN TWO IPADS?

WHAT IS THE NEXT THING?

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF WIKIPEDIA?

>> WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE FOCUSED ON IS GROWTH IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.

THE OTHER THING IS WE HAVE A TRAVEL SITE THAT IS OPENING UP SOON.

WE'LL SEE HOW IT GOES.

>> Stephen: WIKITRAVEL?

>> IT'S NOT WIKITRAVEL IT'S WIKIVOYAGER.

>> Stephen: YOU TRAVEL SOME PLACE AND SAID I LOVE THE ATMOSPHERE, TRY THE WIN.

>> EXACTLY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: I'D GOOD TO THAT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

WILL YOU HAVE A BUSINESS MODEL FOR THAT?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: WHY WON'T YOU TAKE ADVERTISING?

IT'S SO EASY.

PRODUCT PLACEMENT.

UNDER MARIE ANTOINE NET'S LET THEM EAT KATE ENTRY HAVE AN AD.

THINK ABOUT IT.

>> I'LL THINK ABOUT IT.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH, JIMMY.

WIKIPEDIA FOUNDER

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