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October, 2008:

When technology is amazing

Looking at the lush green mountain terrain of St. John about to head to the beach with the family, I yet again find technology incredible. With my iPhone and a wifi connection (and Edge is here so that isn’t needed), I can blog from here. And interact with anything in the cloud for that matter. I could, but I won’t because as much as technology is amazing, so is going to sit in the sun, enjoy the environment and watch my daughter play in the surf is a better option on this day.

Anyway, nothing new in this post but the fact that I can publish this from herr guess puts into perspective on how ubiquitous technology is continuing to evolve.

NOTE: Sitting here at the Denver airport coming back from Defrg and noticed that I never finished this post and hit publish. Wish I was back in St. John heading to the beach, that’s for sure. :)

NYC Web History 101

Came across this video as I was reading Brad Feld’s blog. Wasn’t at the Web 2.0 Expo NY, I wonder how many web 2.0 conferences (or at least conferences covering the meme) there have been over the past couple of years.Image representing Fred Wilson (financier) as depicted in CrunchBase

Anyway, the keynote by Fred Wilson was an interesting one. If you didn’t work the web during the first online boom, it is a great history lesson. If you did, particularly in a NYC-based company, it is a great stroll down memory lane. The late 90’s was a phenomenal time for the web in NYC with a lot of great lessons, both good and bad. Fred discusses these and the companies that really built the web presence in NY.

I was surprised to hear Fred’s funding analysis regarding the number of early stage investments in NYC start-ups as compared to Silicon Valley. I would never have guessed the numbers were converging at such a rate since the 90s as it is. In fact, I would have guessed that the gap has widened, perhaps it is only the coverage of the start-ups that has widened and remained very Valley-heavy.

Final note, also couldn’t agree more that the term Silicon Alley needs to find its end. Working in the Alley in the late 90’s, it was a cool moniker at first but for some reason always struck me as positioning NYC as “second follow” rather than innovative leader. There is some great innovation coming out of NY, particularly in media and advertising. There is no reason that NYC needs to be tied to the Valley by name, in fact there is no chip developing that I know of happening in NYC so does the name even make sense?

Anyway, great video, recommend a view.

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