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Ambition? We got yer ambition right here!

Russell Beattie posted a day or two ago about the lack of "show me ingenuity" with current web 2.0 companies and applications.  The crux of the Russell's post/gripe is that none of these new companies are adding substantial value... in his opinion.

I can see where he's coming from and I really do agree with him to a point.  Michael Parekh on the other hand doesn't agree.  In fact, he took Russ's neatly categorized rant and provided at least one exciting example for each category.  Michael is one of my "must read" blogs for a reason.  This guy has his antenna up on EVERYTHING.  He pointed to a bunch of cool companies.  Some I know of like  del.icio.us, Flickr, Answers.com, and bloglines.  Some I didn't like Trulia (totally sweet mashup for real estate), Foldershare, and JotSpot.

At any rate, this is a great discussion.  I had fun thinking on both sides of the argument.  My opinion is that there really is a lot of cool stuff popping up right now.  The problem that a lot of us geeks have is that we're right in the middle of it.  When you look at a company like delicious or flickr and think, hmmm...  I could have built that, it kind of loses its "oooh ahhhh" effect.  Truth be told, if you explain the technology behind RSS/blogging to your average end user they're blown away...  or completely lost.  Remember how long it took eBay to catch on to the moms and pops of the world?  Right.  Give it time and cut some slack.

November 3, 2005 in Web/Tech | Permalink


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