The case for adult play
The case for adult play
Jeff Jarvis says that scale doesn’t scale. Fred Wilson follows up by talking about the new scale. While I agree that new markets can be born out of aggregation, I disagree with the concept of scale not scaling. The problem is one of, well, scale. Let’s say that I want to make a movie that will rival Star Wars in terms of special effects and will have a plot that will take the story all over the world. So I can look at the aggregated model to make that movie. I’ll put the word out on my site and, hopefully, people will contribute money and/or services. Granted, this process will take time as I’m not a movie insider and have no proven track record in terms of making movies. So, I now have to limit my ambition and make a short demo. I do that and it’s good enough to convince some people but not good enough to convince enough people to raise the funds. Let’s assume, for argument’s sake that I manage to aggregate 10,000 people and they are all willing to chip in $100 towards making the giant movie. That’s really great, I now have a fund of…
Could the open-source community create an e-voting system that works?
CIO magazine is running an interesting article showcasing efforts by several companies to use a more modular approach when building new EAI applications. Based on what the article is saying, it looks like we are now reaching a point where going with a single vendor for your complete solution is no longer the preferable choice. The rise of web services as the glue between different system could drastically reshape how large scale applications are built. his has an impact on anyone who’s currently involved in application development as it heralds a new age of modularization. If the trend holds, we will increasingly see extremely specific application modules being developed instead of one-size-fits-all software. That, in turn, might erode the profit margins of software development companies as they will be unable to sell features that the customer does not want. As this more distributed model evolves and services become less and less dependent on the underlying operating system, what will happen to companies like Microsoft, who tie things very closely with their operating system? It seems to me that the software world is about the experience the kind of breaking point the music industry has experienced with the rise of Napster….
Today, Earthweb and Internet.com announced that Internet.com was acquiring all of Earthweb’s content properties. For me, it’s an interesting announcement because I was involved in the building of both properties. When I left Internet.com in 1996 and went to Earthweb, I was in charge of building Earthweb’s properties into something competitive with Internet.com. At the time, there were already a few players in the news market and I decided that Earthweb’s best positioning was to stay focused on the developer community instead of trying to do just Internet related stuff. Many people (including a lot of people on this list) have asked me what I thought of this announcement. So here it is. Two roads converge In a way, today’s announcement was one that didn’t surprise me much. Over the years, I’ve stayed in touch with people at both companies and, as time went on, I came to realize that both properties should be integrated. Before Earthweb’s IPO, such discussions were held both at Earthweb and at Internet.com and there seems to seem some differing views on the subject. However, I had always been nagged by the feeling that the two properties (the developer.com network and the internet.com network) would…
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