Media Business: Comdex was "postponed" in 2004 and has not been held since. What did you learn while trying to revive it?
Faurot: There was a huge downturn in the IT marketplace [in the early 2000s], but that wasn't the biggest problem. The [previous] Comdex producers abused the power they had when Comdex was big. They forgot exhibitors were their partners.
MB: Last month, CMP Technology and O'Reilly Media hosted their third Web 2.0 Conference, renamed the Web 2.0 Summit, and announced a new trade show, the Web 2.0 Expo, for next April. What is the thinking behind this?
Faurot: CMP's event strategy is to have the leading brands in emerging, accelerating and established technology markets that matter. The emerging and accelerating events are vertical in nature, and we leverage the relationships in each vertical market to strengthen our position in the adjacent and umbrella markets. Web 2.0 is incredibly powerful part of our portfolio as it allows us to have really strong relationships with the people and companies that are defining the next-generation Internet.