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At mesh conference; Om Malik keynote

I survived the morning rush of registrants at mesh conference in Toronto, and
I’m now listening to the keynote conversation between Mark Evans and Om Malik. I missed the main part, but fortunately Scott Karp liveblogged it.

Here are fragments of what I’ve heard:

85% market share. That demographic hasn’t figured out how to block
ads. This is a highly skewed argument. Mainstream users don’t bother
with these things. They can download software to block ads, but nobody
does that. People actually click on ads. I’m surprised by the number
of people who click on my Google ads.

What do you write for the National Post audience? What do you write about for the Net?
Newspapers – facts. Blogs does spin, opinion. That’s where the value is added.
We can’t just look at blogs or podcasts as just a digital version of news. We need to build loyalty.
build a different voice online.

When you write a story for a magazine, in reality, once it’s inside a
magazine, the story is over. But the story never ends. The story never
dies. You have to follow it. … Whenever we write a story inside a
magazine, we can’t use follow-up information in a month’s time. If they don’t care from me, then maybe I haven’t engaged their mind. That’s very critical. This community aspect.

Three years from now, I see something like the Wall Street Journal
saying, “These bloggers are pretty good.” … give them the
credibility. ZDnet is already doing that. They’re bringing in a lot of
bloggers, figuring out a game plan. You will see all the big media, or
at least the bigger media, actually experimenting and creating their
own blog.

Every user comes with their finger poised on the Back button. As long as you’re worried about that, you have to do great stuff. Bloggers – contextual reading. You will never capture the big story in 800 words. Don’t think of it as traditional reading. It’s almost like a

Mark: What do you see yourself doing three years from now? Om: As long
as they keep paying me well… It’s fairly simple. (more discussion)

Boris Mann: I probably wouldn’t know about either of you if you didn’t
have blogs. I don’t ever go to these websites. I don’t click through.
Everyone who has fulltext RSS feeds, I read directly in my reader.
Blogs are conversations. I can’t have a discussion with the National
Post. Om: Good to finally meet you in person, and thank you for
sending all those comments. You are as important to me as any other
person. … It creats patrons, and patrons are good for advertising,
but we don’t have a good advertising model. All these questions are in
front of us. That’s a challenge, and that’s an opportunity for anyone
who can figure this out. Anyone who can think of a good advertising
model right now can make a lot of money.

Putting my e-mail address at the bottom of the story isn’t having a
conversation. Whether you’re a newspaper online or .., you need to
create a conversation. You need to use the Web and different tools to
draw people in. It’s a nice little phrase: “Let’s have a
conversation”, but the truth is that’s going to drive your business.

Web 2.0. It’s not a technology. It’s not some cool Javascript. It’s a new way of thinking.
Robert Scoble – he helped humanize Microsoft, for goodness’ sake. Just one guy, and he did such an effective job.

Argh. Where’s the mesh conference backchannel? IRC?

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Mashing the Vote: Web 2.0 for Social Change

Phillip Smith, Mark Greenspan.


  • Sacha Chua. Social computing in the enterprise, U of Toronto and IBM. Also interested in grassroots because of the Philippines
  • Julian Scarfe. Free Agent Communications. News oriented for parents and children. Because that sort of demographic has high ideal aspirations in that mental space, something here might apply. Technical director, communications strategist.
  • Robb Creary, Bell Canada. CRM. Pull everything together and kinda see how everything fits in. Better to be prepared.
  • Patrick Gilbert. Word of mouth marketing company called Matchstick. Heading up online marketing and fundraising for Mayor David Miller campaign.
  • Andrew Berthoff. Environics Communications, a PR agency in Toronto and three other cities. Primarily interested in not-for-profit organizations.
  • Madelaine Hamilton. Taking IT Global. Connects people internationally so that they can get involved in the community. 110k members, most based in developing countries.
  • Lars Hansen. C2E Consulting. Learning and thinking about the application of these things, work on a community basis.
  • Rhonda Burke. Organizer. Fundraising. 150+ events that are volunteer-driven.
  • Alexei White. Vancouver company, eBusiness Applications. AJAX components for developers. Very much on the technical side, also very interested in dotversity and the kind of conversation that’s happening.
  • Andrew Heaton. Creative strategist for Trilogy. I’m inthe preliminary stages of starting a non-profit company to raise money for charities.
  • Ryan Ginsberg. Fuel Industries?, marketing, advergaming. Lately, grassroots adverts has been a huge, huge component of it. Fox. There are so many cool things you can do to tap into blogs and message boards etc. At the end of the day, it’s all about the ROI.
  • Patrick Dinnen. Hogtown Consulting, Web2.0. Wireless Toronto.
  • Jen Nolan. IBM. The big newspapers have such a power over our society, our culture. I really love the power of the people.
  • Mark Greenspan. Canadian Film Center’s Habitat New Media Lab. Training new media content producers.
  • Phillip Smith. Not-for-much profit company, Community Bandwidth. Help non-profits to push their missions forward, advocate on the behalf of others, etc. Social Tech Brewing.

What are the principles and tools of Web 2.0?

  • Two-way communication. Read/write Web.
  • User-generated content
  • Wisdom of crowds
  • Participation. Everyone has a voice
  • Collaborative content, harnessing collective intelligence
  • Mashup
  • Web as Platform
  • Long tail, etc.
  • Data is the next Intel Inside
  • Users add value
  • Network effect by default
  • Some rights reserved
  • The perpetual beta
  • Cooperate, don’t control
  • Above the level of a single device

What are the tools?

  • Blogs
  • Social networks
  • Open source
  • Browser
  • Wiki
  • Folksonomy, tagging
  • Blogging, participation
  • Google Maps, AJAX
  • Identity, trust, personal brands
  • Standards/services: APIs, RSs, etc.
  • Group-editable pages, wikis, comments
  • Exposing user data, emergence
  • Creative Commons, GPL, F/LOSS

If we were to think about how to take some of this and put it into action… I thought I’d do a really quick tour of some of the applications I’ve seen over the years. How we can leverage the 2.0 to change the world.

WWF example: “Donate now and put your name in our sky.” The general idea is that if someone donates, they can put their name in the sky. How is it the long tail? There are hundreds and thousands of people who care about issues like arctic wildlife refuge, but it’s difficult to aggregate all of these people into one solid voice. Just to bring these voices together.

This is something that Chris Nolan made for the 2006 elections. Data is the next Intel Inside. The traditional explanation of this is ISBN and Amazon’s extension, the Amazon book number, which has more information about it. This group in the UK has done the same thing for public data, what’s being said in the House of Commons. They’ve really extended it and included voting history, etc. They’ve even made it free.

Peter Tabuns. Provincial election. People in this person’s riding expressing support and plotting that on the map.

Mark: One thing about the last example (theyworkforyou) is that it’s open source, so if you want, you can set it up.

They also do hearfromyourmp and pledgebank. All of these tools are
open source and can be adapted for Canada’s system easily. The best ideas bubble up to the top. One of the ideas that got bubbled up has been taken by Hillary Clinton and she’s going to introduce a bill that ties Congressional pay increases to federal minimum wage.

Network effects by default. Tom Mauser is one of those people who lost a child in Columbine. Forward Track. 6 degrees of separation. Tracking six degrees of separation on a map. When Mark signs up to send the petition, the map centers around him. The network effect by default.!

pledgebank. “I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help me do it.” Some of these pledges are tiny, but others are pretty big. Powerful tools. There’s RSS. You can get pledges in your town. Inexpensive way for NGOs to provide their communities with a way to organize.

Some rights reserved.

Crown copyright. Most documents are released under that, so the Queen owns the data. This makes it very difficult to get what you think should be public data. For example, geocoding data. So some people built their own. Free service, free data. Just launched last month. To hel make sure public data stays public. Taxpayer-funded data, we should have access to it.

So the perpetual beta is one of the neatest ideas applied to grassroots advocacy. There can be an iterative, experimental, evolutionary process around campaigns. The three things I’m going to show here are not Web campaigns, but I believe they embody the spirit.

publicspace committee. Lightning rod for many communities. In Toronto, we have a really strong group. Fantastic experimental projects trying to win back public space. Billboard battalion. Once a week I get e-mail from the “general”. Billboards are illegal in Toronto, and companies have to apply for variances. So what the battalion does is keep track of people who are applying, etc. Guerilla gardening, etc. This is not a large NGO, but just a bunch of people having lots of interesting ideas.

Dave Meslin. How can you bring this idea to city council. What can you do if you’re interested in making Toronto a better place to live?

City Idol. We all know and love Canadian Idol. There are a lot of people in Toronto, and important decisions are made by the 45 people on the slide before. We had a contest where people signed up to participate in City Idol. Over 200 people signed up for the first event. Second round of finals. For every ward in the city, they have people competing to help out.

Mark: American Idol. 60 million text messages.

Jen: Wikipedia has history for all the municipalities in Toronto. Phillip: And it’s really good information too. – Action Network. !! This is cool! Change the world around you. What are the issues that are important to you, and how can you connect with your neighbors? Mark: Again, local organization. Software above the level of the single device. As much as Canada is behind in the mobile space, we’re certainly seeing more interesting work to be done. Mobile phone reporting. Large mobilizations from their phones. Used around the Republican National Convention.

Murmur. Out of the Canadian Film Center. Using Asterix and a lot of ingenuity, two students (Shaun and Gabe) created this audio tourist experience for Toronto. You can find these little signposts where all these red dots are that have a phone number that you can call to get a spoken history for that location. Local participants. Fantastic. They’ve expanded this idea around Canada, and now they have an Airstream bus. Mark: One of the things that really worked for Murmur was keeping it very very simple. Accessible. All you need is a cellphone and the ability to make a local call on your cellphone. Appeal to the lowest common denominator. One thing very important about that project.

Phillip: It’s stunning how many people are not from Toronto and they get a murmur postcard and they walk around. “I want to hear from the woman who’s an expert on this on her blog.” … People are really starting to understand that that kind of integral, honest communication is important. Right now, they pick people. Mark: Interview techniques, narrative-based project. Airstream bus.

Another local specific above the level of the single device is Wireless Toronto. It sounds like another municipal wireless network thing until you get into the idea of location-specific content. If you log on to the network like at St. Lawrence Market, you’ll come to a local portal that aggregates a number of feeds to give you the context for that place. You can see who else is online and you can communicate with them or meet their blogs. Flickr images are being pulled from the tags. The classified ads section is taken from craigslist. Craigslist – continuous live search. If you’re an NGO working on employment, aggregating jobs that are specific to youth, for example… RSS to voice through RSS. (!! Hey, that’s a cool idea and we can do that at home, because phone is free!) (Kagigi – volunteers wanted!! oooh.)

Apartment rental mashup, etc.

One Free Minute. Mobile sculpture for anonymous public speech. Sao
Pauo, Brazil. Warsaw, Poland. London, UK. Canada and USA.

We have a municipal election coming up within the next six months, and we’re not seeing a lot happening in terms of civic participation. What does civic participation look like with Web 2.0?

Two-way street. If you don’t get the eyeballs there and the interest there in the first place… It’s easy to capture the converted. What about the people who couldn’t care less? How do you start the engagemet process? If you can find out how they’re connected online…

In this case, there’s a particular issue: municipal election. How do you connect people to the municipal election?

It’s the candidates and the municipal election itself. People wring their hands and ask why people aren’t interested, but you have a bunch of stuffed shirts and… So how do you get new people?

What kind of offline event drives people to something, and how do you leverage that with Web 2.0?

For example, smart mobs. Street car tours and the pillow fight in Dundas Square. Database of people. Pillow fight announcement, publicity, etc.

How do you market to or engage this population and how do you bring them into the online world and what do you do? Once you’ve got them in the online world, then you’ve got all sorts of tools.

Odd-ball activist. How do we get normal folks in?

When I think of real events around a political campaign… listen to a politician give pre-packaged, overly-analyzed speech… or town meeting kind of thing, where you end up with the same issue, where you get verbose people who end up hijacking the thing… Speed at which you can scan and filter on Web 2.0. Somewhere I can go and find discussions about my local councilor. These issues I don’t care about, these issues I do, etc. A customizable search tool which allows you to scan through the issues… The other thing that would be interesting would be at the municipal election, we don’t have strong political affiliations. Niche interest (Sam Bulte), but other people can affect a really local thing. If there was a site that made it easy for us to keep track of whatever they were saying about different issues… that would help me. And I want to specify my interests. Customizable search thing. All decisions and all issues that stand, etc. Report card. How they voted, absolute transparency and accessibility. Hard data plus softer stuff. Might get filtered too much, though, too compartmentalized. Digg-style popularity.


  • Not a topical wiki, but a scenario wiki, where we can extrapolate from a bill or if this candidate is elected, this is probably what’s going to happen, etc. Putting things in a language that people can understand. Approach in engangig people.
  • Issues that are important to you, access to all the data around it. Absolute transparency. Asterisk to get into people’s homes.
  • Comments on a public blog. An online petition that you could translate into… make candidates for public office understand that to stand in favor of this would mean death, etc.

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Update: Phillip’s posted slides at

Catching up; mesh post coming soon

Day 1 of the mesh conference, and
day 3 of my conference sprint. (Barcamp was last weekend.) I’m running on a sustained sugar high and very little sleep, but it’s been _so_ totally worth it.

I promise more detailed stories soon, but just in case you’re a mesh
participant dropping by… Hi! You can check out my bookmarks to get an idea of what I’m interested in. =)

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Mesh magic: Volunteering

Volunteering was absolutely the best thing I could’ve done. Here’s most of the story:

I had ignored my Web 2.0 blog feeds for so long that by the time I finally heard about mesh (and I think even that was through Quinn, who learned about it from Richard, who lives in Vancouver); anyway, by the time I heard about it, all of the student-priced tickets were sold out. Considering that student rate was $25 and full conference price was $350… well…

I sent a message to the first e-mail address I could find – Stuart’s –
essentially volunteering to mop the floor or do other chores in order
to get into mesh. I heard no response. So much for Plan A. S’okay, I
had plenty of backup plans.

Plan B: Convince the company I’m an intern for that it would be
totally in line with their business and it would create value for
them. They were convinced of the merit, but didn’t want to set

Plan C: Try to get sponsor passes. We eventually tracked down the
person in charge of the Mesh sponsorship, but unfortunately she was
all out of passes.

Plan D: Convince my research lab to spring for it. Mark Chignell
agreed, mock-groaning about the weight on his pocket.

Right after I registered, I got e-mail from Mark Evans asking if I
wanted to volunteer. I had a feeling that volunteering was a very good
idea. So I did, and I loved every minute of it. =)

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Mesh magic: The Future of Marketing

Stuart MacDonald talks with Steve Rubel of Edelman and I slipped into the session just in time to hear a
few of the questions. Here’s what I’ve heard:

Q: I have an issue with your take on character blogs. Sorry, but you’re portraying character blogs as a negative thing, but you’re endorsing feeding branded messaging to bloggers to put out in the world. How is that different?

It’s very different. In the Walmart example, here is a resource for you, you can do whatever you want with it. A character blog is a controlled message. It puts up a big shield between you and your audience. It says to me as the consumer that people don’t want to talk to me as humans. I think character blogs – I’m sorry – they shield people from their audience.

Q: b5media. I hear where you’re coming from, I really do. I think Tris’ point is valid. You’re creating entertainment, value for the users. I don’t think that you need to say that the character is a human person. The character is the character. I think that if Darth Vader blogged, everyone would read it. (Applause.)

Let’s just try it, let’s see how it works. Traditional PR is in the same situation: how to demonstrate in a marketing revenue way the validity and value of PR. What I think is going to be really interesting is to see lots of people try lots of things and starting to get data. Don’t be afraid to fail. This feels like 1996, generally speaking, with regards to online as this shiny thing in the sky. We’re so earlydays into this that I don’t think anybody has the answers. Put yourself three years down the track and looking back…

I think it’s heading toward a shift. I think social networks is huge. I think that dealing with sites like YouTube… There are going to be sites like YouTube that are going to come up and be huge and then fade away, like Friendster. I think there’ll be an overall shift or a new budget for creating (?..).

What’s the message to agencies?

Step 1. Know where your people hang out. Know where your customers are hanging out. Where on Myspace that is, what blogs they’re reading.

Step 2. Develop the infrastructure to develop a conversation. Figure out how to listen to that conversation. Everyone’s gotta do that.

Step 3. Engage the audience in dialogue. Walmart example. We’re engaging in dialogue with the audience.

Step 4. Empower the audience. What do they want to achieve, and how can we help them do it?

Q: I think that the uestions about character blogs show something important. They’re entertaining, but they don’t engage.

I’ll probably get myself in more trouble if I talk about character blogs. Maybe I can jump in. I think that what’s happening with this sort of thing – I talk, you listen, but call it a blog? … Make a podcast instead. I think “I talk, you listen” still happens, but the more real “I talk, you talk” is, the better.

Q: Blogging – truth in advertising?

Blogging is going to force companies to be more open and honest. The bloggers are the best fact-checking machine in the universe. It’s very easy to smell something a mile away now. If it’s high interest, they’ll know.

Three years from now, is it going to be possible for a consumer-facing marketing organization to control the blogs?

I don’t think it’s ever possible.

Q: Posting various opinions on discussion forums. Gathered huge following all over the world, started charging… Public companies came to me and started asking if I could write about them. My response was that I will if I write whatever I want to write about. They don’t have any control over the message. What was great was that when the mass audience started following me, they knew I was being paid and I was still being as objective as possible. Didn’t skip a beat. I see blogs in the same way.

I think corporations have moved into the neighborhood, and that people are comfortable as long as it moves the community forward.

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Mesh magic: Venture capital and Web 2.0

Mathew Ingram talks with venture capitalist and blogger Dr. Paul Kedrosky.

Cute snippet from the intro:

has an approach to blogging that I consider almost pathological. He
said once that he wasn’t going to blog because he was so busy, and
then within the next hour he posted 14 items.

Is this another bubble? There’s a lot of talk about Web 2.0, there are
a lot of ideas going around, there are ideas that might not be good
business, etc.

This morning I got a press release – and this is one of the perils of
perpetual blogging, you get fifty press releases a minute – what was
kind of interesting is that these guys sent me a release because
they’d just got venture fund (overlay for Internet Explorer). This
brings us full-circle to 1995, when we funded two browsers.
Nexton(?)’s a great platform, but it’s a front end. uestion about the
bubble: it feels like one. It feels like we’re reenacting things. But
then, so what? I think there is, I think there’s a lot of enthusiasm,
but I also feel that it takes a lot of dead bodies to fill the swamp.
We have to do this stuff. We’re kidding ourselves if we think we get
aces the first time. Make the same mistakes faster. ;) Part of my
answer is yes, but so what? There’s way too much enthusiasm. I see the
same plan four or five times a day, which is crazy. There ware all
these crosspollination things. There’s the Flickr of video – but it’s
getting worse, really, now there’s the YouTube of something else.

There are some great studies out there that go all the way back to the
Dutch tulip bubble. It was a fairly rational response among
policymakers who were responding to the tulip market. Options-based
market. The outcome was nasty, but the process by which it got there
wasn’t nearly as euphoric.

One of the things that might be fueling the tiny bubbles is that there
seems to be a lot of money and people wandering out with bags of money
and they have to make investments because otherwise their money isn’t
accomplishing anything. “Here’s some money, I don’t care what your idea is or what.”

Assets under management. There’s as much money out there as there was
at the bubble time, but it’s just much more concentrated among the top
VC firms. It’s concentrated in what people deem to be the best firms.
Problem is that in the VC world, there’s an idea that the best is
always the best. VC rigged – they fish a very well-stocked pond. It’s
a lot easier to look smart when you’re working in an area where even
bad decisions look good. The problem with everyone else in the VC
market is that they’re fighting for the scraps. I was talking to a
manager of a SV fund last week. He had made a few calls among their
limited partners on a Tuesday morning. Trying to put together 280
million. By the next morning, including faxes, three billion dollars
committed. Concentration of capital, etc. Flooding into what’s
euphemistically called as alternative assets – private equity. Cash is
falling into their hands. Lot of people with a lot of captial trying
to find homes for it, and Web 2.0 and other companies…

If you can finance Web 2.0 companies on your credit card and you can
use online services for all of your work, do you need giant sums of
money that these VCs are handing out? In some cases, companies have
decided not to go for VCs. Is that a problem?

If you don’t need VC, don’t go for it. Do something else much more
notorious. That will give you more notoriety than taking money. If you
can build a company that doesn’t require capital and you keep all the
stock, then go ahead and grow it. The trouble is that there are
legitimately many businesses where that is not the case, and there are
businesses that people think can grow without VC but they actually
can’t, and by the time they need it, they’re in horrible horrible
problems. A lot of the consumer-centric Web 2.0 companies, you can do
them very cheaply.

I talked about getting your head up in the tagcloud. The idea of this
democratization is that all these services that used to cost money are
asymptotically approaching zero. As soon as there’s an interesting opportunity, there are 30 people in it. There’s no barrier to entry any more. Pecked to death by ducks out there. It’s great that the cost to enter has gone so low that you can do it without venture money, so every monkey with a credit card is in the market.

Q: Given that it’s so easy to start a company these days, it’s amazing how these companies manage to raise all this capital without having a real business plan.

Most people believe they can flip it. YouTube is interesting. IP issues are there, of course. It looks to me like a very early mockup of what a television might be. There’s more there to see than you see up front, and you need to figure out how people can pay for it, but yeah.

Can you do what they’re doing, or say, like rocketboom, and then figure out the business model later?

I hate to use the G word, but there: Google. This was a search company with a great technology. The VCs had no idea what the business model was. They “borrowed” their business model. They had no idea when they started that they would turn into a rapidly growing company. Precedent well set. If you do something on a large enough scale, you might stumble your way into a business model. You had better have scale and a business that can run economically.

The problems Google has now is that (you’ve noticed the stock price is down, right?) they’re starting to look like Amazon. Rate of capital expenditure related to growth. Maybe this problem of growing companies isn’t as easy as they thought.

Q: Progression. Thinking 12 months again, what the shifts are going to be, Web 2.0 for the enterprise, do you see that kind of history repeating itself?

Absolutely. I use my inbox as a temperature indicator of what’s going on out there, the stuff that shows up in unsolicited tags. Split between consumer-centric 99%-1% business, and now 60%-40%. The pendulum’s already swinging, and the three most interesting companies I’ve seen in the last six months are all on the business side. They’ve got subscriber models, they’re selling to people in business, and they incorporate intelligence.

… Most people use Microsoft Excel as a really crappy database. Let’s just make shareable databases easy to use and stop them from bastardizing their Microsoft Excel.

Q: Examples of companies in this space that are profitable, that are making money? Good example: Google, how they monetized search.

I’ll give you another Canadian example of a community-centric company that’s insanely profitable. It’s a really funky idea. We’ll build a very utilitarian website so that people can discover each other and undercut the dating market. It’s a very grassroots approach to breaking into a community market that’s gotten stuck on the subscription model, introducing Adsense.

The idea of building communities. There are companies that are discovering that to keep costs down, if you can find communities of similar people, you can actually sell better keywords.

Q about VC in Canada. I’ve been talking to a bunch of entrepreneurs in Toronto. Hard to get attention from financing. What’s your opinion on that?

Everyone thinks they have a seed capital gap. In the Valley, there’s a
perception that there’s a lack of seed capital. I think that in
Canada, there just aren’t enough individuals who will go out and fill
that gap. Economics of seed investing isn’t very good. You can’t get a
return. Very hard under the current structure… Some people will
selectively do seed investing, but they’re not structurally supported
in doing this. Seed captial as marketing sometimes works, too.

Q: While you can build a Web 2.0 company on credit cards, it’s harder
to build 5-year businesses. Is that where VCs can bring in a lot of value?

Most VCs in Canada and the US would like to find exactly those kinds
of company and do the traditional kind of investment, putting money in
over time. Recent experience is that businesses go to mezzanine
financing. Where do I jump in? Too early – broken business model. Late
– competing against big mezzanine private equity funds.

Q: Browser was a feature, not a product. When I hear you talking about (?) getting funding, and that’s just an overlay on Internet Explorer… How many of these businesses are features, not products?

Plausible deniability. Nonsense like that is getting acquired. Some of the larger companies are passing off featres as products, and the line is getting really blurry.

Q: Often talked about: Skype. What’s your business model? Cast a big net out there and hope you get people. Small risk, calculated one. Are there enough technology people, you normally see us business types…

eBay acquisition of Skype. Game-changer. That’s huge. You can see all
the heads swinging toward VOIP. It absolutely focuses peoples.

The death of the IPO. It’s a sad event, it’s very traumatic, but it’s
caused a lot of change. What they’ve had to do is run an acquisition
game for exits. As soon as they’ve seen a big acquisition that’s on
par with what they’ve gotten from IPOs, etc…

We’re now back at the level of online advertising that we were in 2001.

Q: Disproportionately small number of business and consumer companies
in Canada.

That’s an interesting question. Putting it in VC terms… Getting that
pace of deal flow is so different from what it’s like in the US. US,
exploding with flow, numbers game. While it’s up, it’s still much lower on a per capita

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