Product Pitches

Each group only had 10 minutes so they had to go quick. Second Life – Wilder Linden was rather hampered in her efforts by a lack of bandwidth. Blue Dot – Kind of Digg meets NewsVine FareCast – cheap airline ticket predictor Pixsy – media search engine that adds categorization Melodeo – mobile music and podcasts with social networking People Aggregator – Open Social Networking blubrry – social podcasting network

Steve Gillmor

Steve announced the “Attention Operating System(The Attention Operating System)”:

Feed Readers

This session was all about improving feed readers. It came down between adding intelligence and being able to create custom feeds via tags.

Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit talked about sex and how people do or do not assume other identities online. It seems like whether or not they can make money from their writing makes a difference. It did seem, though, like a lot of the people in the crowd chose not to say anything.

Marc Canter

Marc chose to talk about open standards. Where is it that every single application has to have the exact same features? Someone made a point that exporting data was the most important feature. Someone else argued that he cares much more about functionality. I guess the key is finding the right balance that attracts the most users.

Steve Rubel

This session was all about marketing. If you are really into that, I am sure it was enjoyable. I do think that everyone in the marketing profession should listen.

Werner Vogels

Net Neutrality is a big issue for Amazon. Especially if they move into the online video business, which I think is pretty inevitable. He framed the issues very well, but didn’t really offer a solution. I think the answer is going to be that Tech Companies get serious about their lobbying efforts before it gets too late.

John Edwards

I think the Senator did a very good job of coming across as a real person instead of just a packaged politician. I could have done without the “Bush and his Gang” comment, though. I loved the Patriot Act discussion, too, when John Edwards (just like nearly everyone else in the Senate) voted for it. I totally disagreed with Brian Livingston’s comments, too. If I had had a tin-foil hat handy, I would have given him one when he said the Bush Administration cared only about finding information on their political opponents. I dearly loved his concept of chasing terrorists with court orders. And while I generally support his idea of giving more information, there are very real national security secrets that just should not be revealed. In the end, I think John Edwards did a much better job of staying on topic than some of the questioners did.

Dave Dederer

The key question here was “Do record labels matter?” And if they do, will they continue to do so?

Michael Arrington

Mike just gave a presentation on why he thinks at least some Web 2.0 companies will do well. I agreed with him, but there were definitely those in the audience who disagreed. I thought a couple of points about advertising were the key, though. In my opinion, the days of mass marketing are nearly over. What advertisers are going to have to do is find ways of reaching the niches where the product customers can be found. I don’t think they like that fact, but it is the reality they are going to have to deal with.