Amazing people doing cool things with technology

Dean Hachomovitch, head of the IE team, called me last night just raving about some of the people he had just met as part of the “start something amazing” awards that were handed out yesterday on campus.

Today I’ve been watching some of the videos and I think you’ll enjoy meeting some of these people and seeing what they are doing.

If that doesn’t work for you, check out the video I just put up – Dean Hachomovitch and Dave Leubbert have a chat that we filmed at Gnomedex. Dave worked on the Mac Word 1.0 team and they talk about some of the fun times in the 1980s working at Microsoft.

Slow news day…

You know it’s a slow news day when the thing at the top of Memeorandum is whether or not Google is copying Yahoo or not. Well, when I was at the Google Zeitgeist opening party I met John Doerr. Don’t know who he is? Check out his Wikipedia page. He (er, his firm) funded Amazon and Google.

When we talked he said something interesting “If you’d like to start a new Microsoft, give me a call.” Note that he didn’t say “give me a call when you have the next Google.” He also didn’t say “give me a call when you have the next Yahoo.” Or the next Amazon. Or the next Apple. Or the next General Motors.

Also, I have to remember not to forget just how many businesses Microsoft is involved in and just how big an impact we’re having all over the place. As an example Buzz Bruggeman, CEO of ActiveWords, called me the other day from Mobiletrax, a cell phone industry conference (here’s his report) and he said that Microsoft SmartPhones were all over the place. I just got a look at some of the new phones that are coming out in the next few months. I thought the screen on my current Audiovox is nice, but the new ones are over the top.

Anyway, I’m so far behind on email it isn’t funny. I have 517 unanswered and they are coming in faster than I’m answering them. Sorry if I haven’t gotten back to you if you’ve sent me email. I’m going to slow down my blogging for the next week to try to catch up. The problem is that a lot of the email is about things that people want me to blog about. So, after I catch up with my email I will have a TON of things to blog.

By the way, if you guys think that Google is building a portal you’re smoking good crack. Why are they causing disruptions across the world? Cause they aren’t copying either Microsoft or Yahoo.