For some odd reason, San Francisco Sundays turn out to be rainy. Not the torrential monsoon rains of my childhood, but cold drizzly kind of rain that envelopes the entire city is a mist, almost forcing you to slow down. And just reflect… on the week that was; and pause before Monday madness begins. I tend to put some of my favorite Indian classical sounds, and simply think.
Seven days can simply be viewed as just that, or one can think of a small piece of a jigsaw that is life. Last week was just like that. There was early disappointment of being nudged out of 9rules, mostly because I got to work with Mike Rundle, who is responsible for the handsome good looks of GigaOM. (That explains why the 9rules logo is gone missing from the site!) To make up for that loss, I spent the evening in the company of John Gruber, who writes Daring Fireball, a must for all Mac fans.
John is JD Salinger of the web, hidden away from the chattering classes, in the unfashionable, but a more realistic place called Philadelphia. He is an animated sort of fellow, never short of opinions, and passion for things he believes in. Like Joyent, a new kind of collaboration software company, that made a presentation at SF Tech Sessions’ debut event. (Tom Bridge has an excellent round-up.) He is now the user experience guru for the company, which is based all over the world – France, Philly, San Diego, Marin County and even New York. Like 37 Signals, they are the new distributed enterprise, I wrote about so long ago.
Like John, I finally got to meet Dean Allen, the man behind Text Pattern, and Text Drive. Allen who lives in France is someone I have known online for years, and once had offered to do the documentation for Text Pattern. But being lazy, I never got around to it. Irony is that in last seven days I got a chance to hang out with Ben Trott of MovableType, WordPress Matt, and Allen – three weblog publishing tool originals!
Another memorable evening this week was a small panel I conducted at Stanford Business School. It was an event organized by The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, and the topic was Web 2.0. The panelists – Larry Augustin of VA Software (I saw him a bubble ago), Sam Ramji (Microsoft), Scott Dietzen (Zimbra) and Pradeep Tagare (Intel Capital) – were a feisty bunch, which made the event so much fun. I think all of us agreed that the real impact of Web 2.0 will be in “software on demand” space, especially inside the bandwidth rich enterprise environments.
Between trips down to the Valley and these meetings, I got very little time, as you might have guessed from the low frequency of the posts. The coming week is going to equally hectic. I am flying out to LA on Tuesday night for a special event at UCLA on Wednesday, and then back at night. We are cooking up something special for Thursday in the Business 2.0 offices (but more on that later!) Hopefully, Friday is the day, when life returns to normal.