Speaking at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, George Gilder summed up what he termed "life after the telephone": The essense of what's happening is that software is hardening in the center of the network and hardware is softening on the edge of the network. Hard-wired television and telephony is giving way to the teleputer.
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Here's a great "opportunity cost" question. It's no secret these days (just look at the gazillions of studies) that it's not necessarily cheaper to run a business with open source software than it is to run "closed-source" commercial software.
Earlier this month, the folks at the Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society interviewed me via e-mail to find out what it was about mashups that has inspired me to write about them so much and ultimately, to take on Mashup Camp as a side project (Doug Gold and I are the organizers of Mashup Camp and Mashup University).
Virtualization, along with SOA, multi-core processors and other technologies, is changing the economics of data centers. "It's the biggest thing going on it IT," said Diane Greene, president and founder of virtualization pioneer VMware during a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit.
One week after Yahoo! started selling unencrypted, unprotected, and personalized (with your name) Jessica Simpson MP3s on its music site (flying in the face of DRM), Napster founder Sean Fanning is at it again, this time with his Snocap service which enables artists to sell similarly unprotected MP3s through sites like MySpace.
Ray Lane, of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, led the panel of software executives and competitors (you can see some wincing and uncomfortable body language among some of the participants if you are watching the Always On Stanford Summit Webcast), discussing whether the software as a service model has finally arrived. Given the bias of the panel members--Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce.
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff kicked off the afternoon at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit by telling the audience about his company's philanthropic efforts-- 1 percent of equity, 1 percent of profits and 1 percent of employee time are set aside a non-profit.
Just prior to a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit panel on software as a service that includes the three bigger upstart players--Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com; Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite; Greg Gianforte, CEO of RightNow Technologies--NetSuite send out a press release touting Salesforce.
Compared to the debacle of a support call that I had with T-Mobile, at least the one thing positive I can say about today's support call with Ticketmaster to overcome a ticket purchasing problem with its Web site (which I've recorded for your listening pleasure) is how pleasant everybody was that I spoke to, even though they were ultimately unable to resolve the problem to my satisfaction.
Speaking at a panel at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit 2006 addressing the question of whether all software, or even hardware, will go open source, MySQL CEO Marten Mickos said: "There is no technical argument for keeping code closed. In five or ten years there will be a way to make money and keep every single line of code open.