14 thoughts on “Do they know 2.0?”

  1. it’s not just sv…it’s all of tech, it’s one big mutual admiration society…sounds like your party was a grand wakeup call, hopefully it will prompt you to think about how everything that you and other writers discuss in tech matters to about 1 tenth of one percent of the population…not to say it isn’t interesting (hey, i’m back here every day om), just saying that the industry seems to forget this stuff…

  2. Its smart to do stuff now that involved tagging, but not call it tagging (43things, et-al). Don’t draw attention to AJAX, stay away from the buzzwords (Myspace, Craigs List).

    Lets face it, ordinary (but heavy) everyday users of tech don’t know what many of the 2.0 features are outside of the web tech field.

  3. yes, yes and yes … to all three of you. i agree – time to step out and get a reality check, come back and be a tad more realistic, even if i make a living by writing about the future. thanks guys for coming back…

    i think tech companies make it big when david letterman cracks a joke about you, or conan o’brien riffs on your product.

  4. Just like SNL did of YouTube this week!

    As an entreprenuer, that puts some perspective out there. I am worried more about widgets and cool features these days then swift and realiable functionality.

    Systems check…Great post.

  5. first and foremost, happy 40th! i agree, a great place to celebrate such a seminal birthday; i vaguely remember mine … 😉

    yes, our industry is frequently detached from the day-to-day reality of the world and to an extent i believe this is fostered by a VC community often seeking the ‘next-big-thing’ that embodies all the buzz-words and zeitgeist of our owm somewhat insular world, regardless of objective product and profitability assessment.

  6. Happy birthday! Glad to read your post, as its topic (well, the first paragraph or so…) is one I find myself mulling regularly. Not totally sure I agree with Dave, though, that it’s all tech. I’m from just outside Boston, but spent ’98-’02 in San Francisco and I can tell you, there’s a big difference (even though the Boston area is a major tech center).

    As I dive into this Web 2.0 stuff, I find my conversations are generally of the cross-country variety. The Valley is way out ahead (a good and bad thing), there’s no two ways around that.

  7. Fabulous post Om!

    I like the cross country anology Jesse.

    Maybe we should create Fullbright Scholorships to let valley folks study abroad in the real world and real worlders visit the valley every year. Bridging the gap is key to creating marketable value rather than in-group navel gazing.

  8. happy B-day Om. NYC is just one big reality check. Only tech that makes bucks gets attention. You see that at the NY Tech Meetups and other forums here.

  9. I have been using VoIP on my Nokia E60 for the last 75 days. I must say I am the happiest customer ever. I have made 65 hours of mobile VoIP calls using the (( truphone )) client to basically every country on the globe (mobile and landline). My average per minute charge with all the free stuff they are giving away (FREE are global landline calls) was 4.7 pence. WOW!!!! I used to be at 25 pence with my mobile network operator (due to the international and roaming stuff)! What a great saving…(I calculated it will come to $6000 per year). This stuff realy works once you manage to install it. VoIP on mobile when in WiFi range is just the best thing happening ever!!!

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