The other day, I attended the celebration of Ray Ozzie, a pioneer of collaborative technology. The father of Lotus Notes, OG left Lotus and his startup firm Iris after a hostile takeover by IBM, and eventually joined Microsoft when that company acquired its next startup groove. By “participated” I mean a virtual event planted by the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. Ray’s coworkers and companions converge in a Zoom chat, with Ray visiting in the early days, which included amazing hardware such as a touchscreen-based enterprise chat system called Plato, and these weird things called floppy disks that DOS and others Work with the earliest source code for prehistoric things. System.
At Microsoft, Ray soon became one of several CTOs, and eventually took on the role of chief software architect as he helped Dai move the company’s web and away from its flagship office suite. Politically, he faced the twin power centers in Redmond: Office and Windows, the latter of which has recurred in strategic importance as mobile technologies such as iOS and Android took over in the wake of Apple’s iPhone success. But there is no doubt that Ray’s ascension allowed Bill Gates, who spoke openly about Ray at CHM, to pivot with his wife on the role of philanthropy in his foundation. Just talk about time, because Bill’s voice in the fight against the epidemic has often been a reliable beacon of denial, misinformation, and, well, hope and science in a sea, you know the rest.
In his solemn speech, Ray mentions Gates, Lotus founder Mitch Kapor, and a name that is less well known to many, Dave Winer. I’m not positive why Dave was called out, but I’m sure it had something to do with Winner’s work with blogging, the development of RSS, and the expansion of its attachment that podcasting originated. In today’s media streaming, newsletters and live conversation-casting a la clubhouse status, surviving an epidemic means marshalling our tools to work and live more deeply and richly than anywhere. Just a matter of time.
The clubhouse is under attack in Twitterwater, with some suggesting it is just another outlet for social media noise, or a business idea for a landfill in view of the next shiny item. The clubhouse hit back with another overflow megasession from Facebook’s Zuckerberg and CEO of Spotify and Shopify. Messaging app Telegram pushed a Voice Chat 2.0 release with devices to invite speakers, raise their hands to speak, and make recordings. The stampede continues, but to what end? Like NFTS, a griffers paradise?
Perhaps we are experiencing a massively multiplayer game where collaborative innovations are being combined and redefined on the fly. A clubhouse session took place in Mobile with a big thinker, Benedict Evans. After many years as an analyst at Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z), he moved back to London and went to paid newspapers in his weekly free edition with over 150,000 subscribers. Struggling with rising membership costs, I’m done with waiting for some of my firewall essays to play in the free version. But here Benedict and another former A16Z analyst focused on NFT and crypto, Morgan Baler.
This was in a sharp clip, but meta, which seemed to be heavy on gambling, paid off, in terms of both upside potential and upside down innovations. It was Vintage Evans in a casual setting where he signaled a ton to me, bouncing off an analyst I chased after ten minutes or so, adding him to a notification stream one at a time, at one point, intermediary ping. . To invite me to join it, but thankfully I opted for the “maybe later” option, so that I could do my best to keep up with the flow. Maybe later when I actually know something by learning from people who live and breathe this stuff. I am not even sure what fungible means so far.
This was not your average big ticket press conference; This was to reach out to those trapped in his interests and to be measured against the criterion of his remarks. The following tools socially generate more effective information than instability, based on providing interruptions ready for the listener to accept. The crowd size is manageable (50 -100) and drafts the characteristics of not only who is on stage, but who is listening and in which combinations. It is a mix of plus percentages of successful clicks (I hope) on targeted notifications.
It all sounds like a mashup of collaborative platforms, menu items in a new operating system where ideas and strategy are tested in an open, transparent manner. Recall our former president, who famously praised the public as unimaginative as a way of commanding the conversation. It is difficult to distinguish the alphabet soup of NXT and SPAC from previous eras of MLM and such, but we will eventually find out what is real. A good place to start is in the trenches with practitioners of this new art setting it on new media channels.
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