If you don’t know, my friend Hugh Macleod draws these cute little cartoons on the backs of business cards. He’s gotten a bit of attention from the bloggers (I used his drawings in my PowerPoints when I give presentations).
Anyway, he’s been raving and ranting about Stormhoek. Anyway, they sponsored the geek dinner on Saturday so I got to try a bit of their product (some might say a bit too much, but we’ll keep that among friends). Heheh.
I also got to meet the folks from Stormhoek and found them to be a friendly bunch but we ended up talking about wines we’ve had and wineries we remember. The number, for most folks, are very small. Funny enough the name Bonny Doon came up a great deal. This is a small winery near Santa Cruz, CA (not connected with Stormhoek in any way). But what Bonny Doon does well is give people lots of stories to remember and talk about. Have you ever had “Big House Red?” Why is it called “Big House?” Because the grapes were grown near San Quentin, the famous California prison. Their site says “wine should be as much fun as government regulations allow.” Humor. It goes a long way.
Anyway, what they are doing with Stormhoek is giving us stories to tell other people. Does it matter if the wine is good? Of course! But, quick, name more than five wineries. It’s really hard, isn’t it?
Now, quick, name more than five Web 2.0 sites you use. It’s just as hard, isn’t it?
In my predictions for 2006 I think we’ll see consolidation in the Web space. Why? There are too many ideas chasing too few customers — I have hundreds of emails and blogs asking for attention, it really is amazing how many companies are springing up lately. I remember the last time this happened. It was 1999.