“To get an idea off the ground…over this last decade the barrier to entry has been lowered quite a bit, to where if you have something new you want to explore it really is a couple thousand dollars to get something off the ground and launch it.”—
Kevin Rose: If you wanted to start a company back in 2000 it was a lot more difficult than it was today. You’d actually have to go out and buy dedicated servers, and there was no Amazon S3. There was no EC2. To get an idea off the ground today (…or even just a few years ago or…) over this last decade the barrier to entry has been lowered quite a bit, to where if you have something new you want to explore it really is a couple thousand dollars to get something off the ground and launch it.
Leo Laporte: That’s a really good point, that’s completely changed everything hasn’t it?
Kevin Rose: Absolutely, especially the way that we scale websites. It was really difficult back in the day. And the fact that you can go and just launch new server instances in milliseconds depending on what the load is of your current site, based on EC2 - - it’s just so much easier than it was even just a few years ago.
Robert Scoble: what I was putting up on screen right here was a Twitter room, or Twitter list, of a bunch of people who are covering the Iranian protests. This was pretty difficult to do even a year ago. And now we can see 346 people, all who are covering the Iranian protests, most of whom are actually in Iran. It’s pretty amazing that we can connect to each other this way.
Teams with healthy idea life cycles are easy to spot: ideas flow
between people easily and in large volumes. Conversations are
vibrant with questions and suggestions; prototypes and demos
happen regularly; and people commit to finding and fighting for
good ideas. Often, this is fun—people are happy to learn from
failures, debates, and bizarre ideas. Teams that innovate are great
places for ideas to live; like happy pets, they’re treated well, get
lots of attention, and are shared among people who care deeply
The life of ideas is the responsibility of whoever is in charge.
“This is the 21st century data challenge:
Not data warehouses and business intelligence.
Not database backed web sites
Not even MySQL backed web services…
[The challenge is ] real time cloud-based intelligence delivered to mobile applications with algorithmic intelligence”—
I was just asked a question about how we should be thinking about “mobile”. The question came with some assertions that made me think the person was thinking about mobile mostly as a content consumption device. This was my very very very quick answer.
[I’ll flesh these out later to get the quotes right.]
Lemme put a pin down on the map with some thoughts to unpack later…
Most of the world will experience the Internet through a mobile device (via H. Rheingold, Smart Mobs, in 2002!!!)
Moore’s law and its cousins are pushing these devices towards INSANE amounts of speed/power/low cost. (Even if you think Moore’s law is plateauing)
Think about the mobile device not as a content consumption device but as a sensor rich platform that knows where it is, temperature, altitude, tilt/rotate/yaw, high rez picture/video. See Cory Doctrow “would you rather be the barcode or the scanner” essay from Make magazine and elsewhere
"The odds that an event of historical [or scientific] significance will be witnessed by an individual with a high-rez camera on internet connected mobile device have gone from zero to almost certainty…" paraphrase Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus (I think)
Brand (or Institution)-to-consumer interactions matter less than consumer-to-consumer interactions, and these kinds of interactions are becoming ubiquitously mobile.