distributing the future

November 22nd, 2005

I’ve been doing a bunch of consulting lately and that means a lot of long, boring New England interstate highway car travel. As a result, I’ve really been enjoying listening to O’Reilly’s “Distributing the Future” podcast documenting the Web 2.0 conference. Anyone involved in anything even the slightest bit webby should check it out.

Insights and highlights gleaned from the talks:

  • Sun Microsystems COO Jonathan Schwartz is probably a dick. He totally talks over the poor woman from the Mozilla Foundation. SUN + 5 years = SGI.
  • Sergey Brin of Google busts out with a genuinely funny allegory.
  • The startup business advice given by Jason Fried of “37 Signals” sounds right on.
  • AOL is dead in the water; if they think consumers will pay $40 for broadband and then $25 on top of that for AOL’s version of “security”, they’re nuts. AOL + 5 years = Prodigy.
  • Barry Diller honestly believes “Ask Jeeves” can compete on a technological level with Google — when was the last time anyone even mentioned “Ask Jeeves”, other than a punchline on “Arrested Development”?
  • Bran Ferren makes some awesome points about human/computer interface.
  • The interviews with the kids are just wonderful.


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