Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Thanks, but we'll take it from here.

Party's over_2, by xerones
Is it my imagination, or was there a distinct "party's over" kind of feeling to the Web 2.0 conference this year? Not quite so many really good ideas, more big companies, and most of the interesting startups were already funded. Most of all, though, it lacked excitement. When and AOL are the companies that really stick in my mind, I take that to mean the conference has lost the mojo. Not to put those companies down, they're clearly doing very interesting things, it's just that the first couple of years it was the startups that were centre stage. This time, though, it felt like the big kids showed up and said: "thanks a lot for your help so far, but we'll take it from here..." Not that it wasn't worth going - it just didn't feel like the place to go for inspiration. There were a few things that stick in my mind:
  • Nary a word about families. Nothing about kids; nothing about the elderly. Apparently, there's lots of opportunities still to be had as social networking goes mainstream.
  • The platform wars are on again, and this time AOL and want to be players
  • Don't build any more technology than you have to. It's expensive, and makes you harder to buy, and M&A is the only realistic exit right now
So that's good! There's still some helium left in the balloon if you're smart, fast and light.


Blogger manny hernandez said...

I have more than hope, Michael. Even if the large companies are the ones standing out for the development they are doing, there will always be the small ones doing things passionately, working late to see their dream become a reality earlier rather than later. We just gotta make sure we continue to feed a sense of curiousity in our kids to preserve the thirst for innovation and creativity in them as the world continues to get flatter and flatter (gosh, I am still not done with that book, but 75% of the way there).

On a completely side not, I am not sure if it was you who posted a comment on my blog about it, but in case it wasn't, I wanted to let you know I've spent some serious times the past few times documenting our trip to Vancouver for posterity. Here's part 3. You can find links to parts 1 and 2 in it. I have yet at least a part 4 and 5 to post. ;)

We'll keep in touch.

18/11/06 14:14  

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