Daily Archives: March 20, 2006

Power Lunch

Damn, never had a lunch like I just had before. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch talking with Bill Gates. Also at the lunch was Lynda Weinman, founder of Lynda.com and Albert Lai, founder of Bubbleshare.com. I asked Bill about when he was gonna give people at the edges of his company the ability to purchase fun companies like the ones Michael sees. He answered that there are some things that probably should always require approval. Actually he gave a good explanation of what he sees as good acquisitions and bad and why acquisitions need to apply to a strategic direction of a company and shouldn’t be done without executive oversight. Hey, it’s not often you get to ask Bill a question like that so thought I’d go for it. ;-)

At the end Michael, his eyes big from meeting Bill (they didn’t know ahead of time that Bill would be there) asked “so, do you have lunches with Bill like this a lot?”

Um, no. Most employees never get a chance like this.

Update: Albert Lai has more on the lunch on his blog and Michael Arrington has more on his.

Don’s $100 API challenge

Back when I was an MVP product groups would bring us into a room and hand us some cash and say “spend this on the features you want” and have us look at a board with hundreds of features where we’d pin the cash on the features that we thought were most important.

Here Don Box takes this technique to XML/HTTP/REST APIs.

It’s a good way to focus a discussion onto what is really important to prioritize in terms of spending developer time on.

Microsoft: too business oriented to get Web 2.0?

Kaliya, Identity Woman, says that to Microsoft we are just customers. “It seems to me that their language regarding those of us who use their stuff – customers. Individuals who buy stuff most notably not creators.”

Very astute. Of course I don’t think Bill Gates will be able to ignore that MySpace announced (at Mix06) that they had just passed MSN and are now in the #2 spot on most popular Web sites.

It’s real fun watching the reactions coming through about Mix06 over on Technorati. Marc Canter, of course, asked the first audience question about open standards. You can see what everyone says about Marc Canter on blogs too.

It’s funny, we create our own content here too. On10.net today Duncan MacKenzie shows how to use an iPod and a PSP to watch its content. Huh? What’s going on here? Someone is gonna get fired. Or not.

Lots of photos from Mix are up on Flickr too.

Someday we’ll all realize that the cool stuff on the Web is two-way.

Oh, and wait until I start doing demos of Second Life to Microsofties. One inch at a time. One inch at a time.