Adam Webb-Orenstein


Areas of Interest: 
media, technological innovation, economic anthropology, information, knowledge economies

Bio: 
I am a fourth-year graduate student interested in media technology. I earned my B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College where I studied Literature and Philosophy and then went on to the University of California, Berkeley for an M.A. in folklore studies. My Master’s thesis focused on mid-Twentieth century folk music field recording and the relationship between changes in sound reproduction technology and scholarly understandings of cultural authenticity.

My dissertation project explores the intersection of technological innovation and finance, focusing on entrepreneurship and venture capital in Silicon Valley. It inquires into how startup companies making software products negotiate the region’s technology business environment and, more particularly, the competition for venture capital investment.

My research is informed by ongoing engagements with media theory and systems theory. I am an associate editor at the CASTAC blog as well as a contributor to it.

My C.V. and some of my writing are available on my website.
Adam Webb-Orenstein
Graduate Student
abw4@rice.edu