Big smart pipes will make carriers cash

Oliver Starr at the Mobile Business Expo reports on a carrier trend I’ve been picking up on….

The carriers will have to cooperate for true convergence to take place. That they will not do this until they see their current level of profit and control erode to the point where what they stand to make from the added capacity of the WLAN in-doors and the extra minutes associated with the replacment of the wireline services exceeds their current profits for doing nothing.

Reminds me of a panel at CTIA, where I heard some prescient-sounding viewpoints from carriers about the need to improve their pipes. I think thoughtful folks within the carriers do understand the bigger picture. Case in point are Verizon’s hedges of BREW with EV-DO.

Flickr, Judy's Book, Ruby, and AJAX for Nextel GPS

Here’s an interesting service for GPS Nextel phones…nice to hear them saying all the right things about an open system.

Mologogo is totally “alpha” right now, but improving rapidly. It is was built as a Web 2.0 app, so expect integration with sites like Flickr,, Judy’s book, and lots more RubyOnRails/AJAX-y goodness added to our UI. And with our soon to be released API, you’ll be able to access your own location data in other sites.

Of course, it’s not so hard to build something like this for Nextel. Now just get it on Sprint and Verizon, and you’re all set.

From Make via BoingBoing.

Thoughts from Web 2.0

My biggest takeaways from Web 2.0 2005:

  • Less money than ever is required to start a company. Three people working from their homes in different cities were able to launch SocialText in 2 months with a $5k investment. Technology gets the credit for this trend: free communications with Skype and ICQ, free software with open source, fewer lines of code with Ruby, free distribution through blogs. With venture funds moving into the billion dollar range, there’s an emerging opportunity at the angel investment level.
  • Meanwhile, big brands continue their domination. The top 5 Internet companies have finally exceeded their dotcom valuations, and only 1 of the top 10 biggest companies (Google) is less than 10 years old. They are picking up small companies at a rapid pace, largely to acquire talented employees and reduce the threat of future competition.
  • The definition of ‘talent’…Barry Diller believes that the role of ‘talent’ in publishing content will assure a long-term role for traditional media companies while David Sifry believes ‘authoritative bloggers’ can improve relevance in the blogosphere. Will the Web 2.0 world encourage a meritocracy where one’s talent or authoritativeness brings them to prominence? Does such a meritocracy work for or against big media?
  • This year’s Web 2.0 had a very different feel than last year’s. Some observations…Every event was over-attended (except perhaps Recovery 2.0). There was less of a tech presence and more business presence, and there appeared to be an associated difference in attendee net worth. Front-and-center speakers were traditional industry titans like Diller and Semel instead of quirky disrupters like Bezos, Cuban, Cantor, Butterfield, and Lessig. And the food and drinks were better.
  • Overall, an invaluable event. No other single conference I’ve attended provides a better look at the increasing pace of technological development. Makes one wonder whether Kurzweil’s singularity really will happen in the 21st century.

A few thoughts on how to make next year better:

  • Use social networking tools to help people meet each other if they have common interests (ex. CEOs can talk to CEOs, tech knowledge leaders to tech knowledge leaders). And maybe guidelines and a training session for the use of socialtext.
  • Book a venue big enough to allow unrestricted attendance. And offer some subsidies to bring in attendees who stand out in field of technology but are poor.
  • Publish tag words for each workshop, panel, and speaker and publish permanent links to each section of content.

My full notes can be seen in the extended blog entry.

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EV-DO Broadband and Snowstorms

I had thought Verizon’s EV-DO unlimited broadband service would prove useful, but how amazing to be able to access the Internet during a 24 hour flight re-routing during the Blizzard of 2005.  There’s been  plenty of downtime, whether sitting in the plane on the tarmac, drinking coffee in my grungy (if complementary) hotel, or sitting among the stress-filled airport citizenry.

Inspired by this incredible mobile technology, I’ve started this  blog.  Full credit goes to the Indianapolis airport for the inspiration.

Just praying my plane doesn’t depart during game time.   E-A-G-L-E-S!