Open Source Software Archive

Dave, Ashlee and Matt Are Clearly Scared of Me

I kept getting links from this page so I finally checked it out and listened to the podcast. It's actually really good, which isn't surprising because I'm always entertained by Dave Rosenberg and Matt Asay. Anyway, at the end they ask readers to vote for guests and my name is suggested. Rosenberg notes that I'd tear them apart and below you'll see why he says that.

I figured I didn't get votes, because I certainly haven't received an invite. But I looked at the comments and I got more votes than anyone!! Even the guy who voted for Bob Bickel said I'd be a good runner up. WTF, guys????

(PS: I have no idea why it says Nortel and Motorola on the clip)

Yeah, Cause Mark Zuckerberg Is the *Only* One

This is wrong. Not in the moralistic kinda way, but there's no way this methodology is good. From the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation:

Based on a study taken of U.S. entrepreneurs, who founded their companies between 1995-2005, it found the median age of U.S. born founders was 39 years-old, with only 1 percent

launching their company as teen-agers

. And for those in their 50s, there's still hope - twice as many folks in this age group founded a tech company than those in their early 20s, according to the study.

Yesterday: International Pile on Twitter Day!

Yesterday Twitter seemed to be all anyone wrote about between stories of chief architect Blaine Cook leaving, accounts of personal messages getting exposed and Twitter Japan launching with ads. Oh, and a spate of new Twitter third party applications. They're like multiplying rabbits those Twitter apps!

While a lot of the news seems negative, the thing to keep in mind is that the pile on and scaling issues are all happening because the exact people who LOVE twitter are loudmouthed, opinionated and rely on Twitter as a tool to broadcast themselves. (Present company included!) When it’s down, we miss it. So it's actually an endorsement.

Open Source Winners: Matt Asay Mostly Admits I'm Right

Before I was a Web 2.0 biographer I had the far less sexy job of writing about open source software for BusinessWeek. (Yeah, this was when Valleywag didn't write about me or my legs.)

Open source is an undoubtedly powerful source in software-- way more so than much ballyhooed software-as-a-service. Name a software giant who hasn't had to respond to the rise of the LAMP stack. But I've become convinced that there will be no real huge public companies to come out of the wave as I argued with Dave Rosenberg on Tech Ticker. (see on the jump)

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