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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Another good "IT Conversation" - check out Tim O'Reilly on Watching the Alpha Geeks. This is a conversation I had heard quite a bit about, but hadn't had time to listen to personally.

I have to say that it is one of the most thought provoking talks I have ever heard. Needless to say he doesn't just talk about the "Alpha Geeks". The speech is very much a discussion of what the future is going to be like - as he sees it. He brings up a lot of interesting points...as a teaser, in my notes I have....

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"The future is here. It is just not evenly distributed yet."

- William Gibson.

- Websites are big complex applications. Google is a killer app. Ebay is a killer app.

Increasingly software is not distributed. Think about the licensing implications - a GPL is not
triggered without distribution.

The computer is becoming irrelevant.

"There is a lot more internet time ahead of us then there is behind us."

A platform strategy always beats an application strategy. If a website is an application, they you need
to be thinking about how somebody is going to attack it. How will they do that? By distributing it
through a broader means. That is why you need to open up - so you can distribute it before somebody else
does. You need to do this even if you don't see how to profit from it. Being a platform means others
need to rely on you - that strengthens your position.

MapQuest will be dead in 5 years because the information about where you are is going to be built into
another platform.

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I won't spoil everything - but this speech is definitely something I plan on listening to again.



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