My biases (why I was a jerk to AllMyApps); my Leweb roundup

When I asked Quora which tech startups should I interview that I hadn’t interviewed yet, AllMyApps was at the top of the list.

I was pretty rude to them at LeWeb and couldn’t get excited about their new company and new product (usually I get excited about anything new, but thought I owed them an explanation of why I wasn’t excited about this one). First my excuses: Why? Well, I was tired/jetlagged. I had just sat through something like 15 pitches at LeWeb. More about those later. No excuses though, what really happened is my biases showed through.

What are those biases? That I look at, and care about, early adopter behavior. I like shiny new objects. I told the team that I look for things on the list of tech battlefronts (like Android vs. iPhone vs everyone else, or which slates can beat iPad, or which mobile apps are doing best, etc).

So, a new mobile app wins out over one that runs on Windows, I told them. Why? Microsoft Windows just isn’t on a tech battlefront anymore, according to my biases.

Why? And where did those biases come from?

Well, I sit next to people on planes or cafes and I watch their behavior and often I even get brave enough to ask what they have loaded on their machines. I’ve sat next to dozens of people running Windows. In the past year I have yet to find one that’s loaded anything new in the past six months. Compare that to someone who has a new Android or iPhone or a new iPad. Those folks load dozens of apps and are proud of them.

That behavior leads me to some biases. I note that the same biases exist in the tech press overall and I explained to them why their company won’t be as loved as say, Flipboard or Instagram.

Heck, the little PR they got, in Lifehacker, shows how little reaction they got from the marketplace. The first comment in that article? Meh.

Read CrunchBase about AllMyApps and you can see they got a million euros in funding, which is pretty awesome. Investors are still going after the Windows market because it’s so big.

But I just couldn’t pull myself to really care about it. Neither can the rest of the tech press. Compare, for instance, to the press that got written about the Google Chrome App Store.

It seems that not only I have a bias against Windows apps, so does the rest of the tech press. I’m sorry about being direct with the team at LeWeb about this, but thought I owed them a longer explanation of why I wasn’t excited about their company and product the way I usually am about new stuff.

Anyway, onto what else happened at LeWeb last week. First, there’s a great PearlTrees curated widget that points to the good stuff. I recorded a video with that team in their Paris headquarters last week where I get a demo of what they are doing for LeWeb.

What happened at LeWeb 2010!

Over on my CinchCast page I’ve put up 16 interviews I did at LeWeb. Including some exclusive news, like about Appsfire’s new Android and iPhone/iPad app that helps you discover new apps, and Evernote’s CEO telling me that Android is growing about 10x faster than iPhone usage is.

By the way, all the sessions from LeWeb are now up on YouTube. It’s really great production quality stuff and greatly appreciated when conferences do this (it helps me get more value out of the event because I don’t feel like I have to listen to every talk, which lets me network out in the hall and do things like my CinchCasts).

My two on-stage interviews are now up too. First, the one where I grill MySpace’s CEO. Second, where I ask Mozilla’s chairperson if she can save the web again.

It’s just one of the reasons why I say that LeWeb is the best web conference in the world.

Regarding my roundup, I still have some videos to process, and I’m watching the sessions I missed. Plus, the coolest startups I saw there embargoed me, so you’ll see those companies early next year. LeWeb really is a great conference with 3,000 attendees and one that’ll be even better next year (Loic told me he turned down three offers to sell, and instead will add an extra day in an attempt to make it even more influential).

About Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, I travel the world with Rocky Barbanica looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology and report that here.

10 thoughts on “My biases (why I was a jerk to AllMyApps); my Leweb roundup

  1. Bias is not curable. As far as I’m concerned only lazy journalism and old school advertizing prefer the new-old quality over usefull-useless. Weed out your bias. Anyway, still an honest explanation.

    1. Link from Thibauld does not work as a slash is missing at the end…
      http://allmyapps.com/blog/2010/12/16/why-robert-scoble-is-right-about-windows-but-wrong-about-allmyapps/#c

      Anyway… saying that there is no market for a Windows App Store is not true… at least not regarding the Enterprise Market. There are still a ton of business application that requires installation. I am sure some IT department will love to have AllMyApps.
      As the desktop is more and more getting active I can also foresee AllMyApps handling deployement of Widgets and web-based applications…

      Also found the comparison between a little startup PR and Google PR a bit unfair to say the least :-)

  2. I’m relatively new to the pearltrees community, but I have to admit that seeing this kind of embedded pearltree in your article is a very nice way to get a curated overview of what I missed at LeWeb. Thank you for that. Really.

  3. I think you were right to not be thrilled by allmyapps, it isn’t something i can see truely picking up speed on the Windows platform. It’s just not the way we do business on this platform.

  4. Robert, so glad we had a chance to connect at LeWeb. And thank for this succinct round up. It was great to see such diverse talks — everything from the solar powered plane to the thought controlled computing. –Joe

  5. Nice article about LeWeb!

    Visual coverage of LeWeb by Pearltrees is very useful. It avoids to feel overwhelmed by huge amount of data, blog posts, tweets, etc because people from the community pick the most relevant articles…and “pearl” them!

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