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Monthly Archives: April 2007

OK, so some of you may have already read this post, but A-list blogger (not a self imposed title I might add, but according to this post, he does fit the bill) Jason Calacanis has posted a blog post about how he wants to be linked to in return for a link back to you. If you do not know who he is, I am not sure where you have been living these days. Hailing from Brooklyn, he was the founder of the Silicon Alley Reporter, moved on to start Weblogs, and subsequently sold it to AOL (which is where our distant paths crossed, being that we both were in the Bankoff org.) then moved on to revamp Netscape and then quickly exited shortly thereafter for greener pastures.

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It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but at what point does imitation go to far and become duplication? Is there a difference between the two? I believe there is. It is one thing to build a product that is strikingly similar to an existing product (imitation) but it is something entirely different when you build a product that is an exact carbon copy of an existing product (duplication).

If you are the first to market with a new product, obviously there is going to be an onslaught of very similar products to follow. For example, Digg launches and then come Reddit and Netscape (for awhile).You could even makethe arguement that Twitter has spawned a few imitation plays as well, notably Facebook expanding their status area to be more Twitter like. This is all fine and good because it is imitation. The number of “new” ideas is shrinking and shrinking and if you think you have a “new” idea, chances are there are several players out there already doing the same thing.

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It has been one of those days, my head is about to explode. I came across this pic, and it calmed my nerves and made me forget what was frustrating me for a minute or two.

Take a look at it for a few seconds, it is very trippy. This is not an animated gif, but you would swear that it is. I tried covering one eye and looking at it to see if that made a difference, but it did not. Just to be doubly sure, I covered the other eye, and still the same result, the image appears to be rippling. I am not sure how they did this, but nonetheless, it served it’s purpose for me, it took my mind off of things for a few minutes and now I feel much better!

A few weeks ago, I posted on the Open Coffee Club’s that are popping up across the country and the rest of the world and how we need something like this in the DC area. Well, it seems as if my call for action has been answered (sort of, it is not a coffee club, but it is just as good). My co-worker, Frank Gruber (of SomewhatFrank fame) and his good friend Eric Olson created TechCocktail while in Chicago (Eric is still there and works for Feedburner), and they are holding their inaugural DC event on Thursday, May 17th.

I learned about the event while out at the Web 2.0 Expo, where Frank and I were attending the same social function hosted by Marc Levin to discuss, you guessed it, organizing tech gatherings / conferences. I was telling Frank how we needed a gathering of sorts in the DC area for all of the tech startups / techies and he said that he and Eric just announced they were going to do a TechCocktail in DC. I was so thrilled, and have offered to help Frank and Eric out anyway that I can. They are looking for a few more sponsors as well as tech companies for presenters. If you are either one of those, shoot Frank or Eric and e-mail and let them know you are interested.

This is such a good thing on so many levels. DC is in desperate need of an event like this, but I think we should not stop here. I do hope that Frank and Eric will hold more events like this in the future (in DC of course) and perhaps even expand the concept to a day long conference like event.