Journal: News & Comment

Friday, June 30, 2006
# 11:15:00 AM:

Live notes: Mike Arrington of TechCrunch at Gnomedex

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Mike Arrington of TechCrunch asked himself last night, What to talk about? Companies in the Web 2.0 arena, for sure. But then what? He talked to and with the crowd about it.

This was a bit of raucous session. Milots of disagreements with Mike and within the audience about whether and how many startups can succeed, what success means, whether net discrimination-net neutrality will affect that, and whether Canadians are cool. (Okay, no one disagreed about that last one.)

Aside: By the way, everyone who's asking about my (Derek's) laptop stand, it's one of these XT Stands.

  • CouchSurfing is a community of 90,000 users for swapping places to stay, and it accidentally ate itself yesterday.
  • Web 2.0 is *not* a non-monetizable echo chamber. But what will work?
  • What 1 in 10 will succeed?
  • Digg is becoming the size of the New York Times.
  • YouTube and MySpace have certainly made the jump into the mainstream.
  • Net neutrality - what will happen with that?
  • Was YouTube lucky or smart?
  • Derek - it's not all about the big IPO, you can make money selling to specific markets, who will pay real money, not all about advertising.
  • "Network discrimination" might be a better term than "net neutrality."
  • Mike: focus on the successful ones, never mind all the Digg clones.
  • What is success? Making money, and making the Internet a better place to hang out.
  • Mike: "Don't use my own facts against me."
  • Chris: Do you want to argue about soccer or net discrimination?


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