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The Midtail and Backwards Gangs

I have been trying to listen to my back log of podcasts over the past few weeks. I just got up to date on the Gillmor Gang. I have to say the last two Gillmor Gangs have been great listening. I really enjoy when Jason Calacanis is on the show. His direct and unbridled participation in the show is refreshing. The Midtail and Backwards Gangs could almost be called the Calacanis Therapy Gangs. He talks about being a golden collar at AOL, describing the challenges that come with his role, and the conflicts for him as an entrepreneur.

In the the backwards Gang he talks about doing some good for some kids in Brooklyn. The sad thing was the position that Dana Gardener took on Jason’s idea to help some Brooklyn students. Dana think that Jason is selfish for helping the kids outside of the system. I guess Dana needs to read a bit more about effecting change. I’m with Jason help whomever you can when ever you can and I hope his idea is a giant success.

Transparency, Disclosure and Trust

Transparency (context) + Disclosure (motivation) + observable Behavior (integrity) = Trust

Trust + Time = Reputation (measure of trust over time)

Identity and community are constraints on on both all variables.

To hear an interesting discussion on trust listen to the Trust Gang

Links:
Gillmor Gang RSS feed

Thinking about the Long tail (Core Dump)

I was listening to the Resignation Gang (Part 3) and was interested in the arguments around how people like to get their news and inversion of the network. I have a couple questions running through my mind:

Does the head of the Long tail exist because the market has been unable to deliver meaningful specialization?

  • Does the impact of low cost software and hardware make specialization more affordable?
  • Do improved information strategies make specialization more accessible and understandable for the tail?

The idea that the head of the tail exists because of inefficiencies in the market makes me think that mass market and mass production are dying. It will linger for a long time but it will die. From content to pharmaceuticals to services, all will be become capable of serving the tail.

If the network is inverted does that make everyone a part of the tail?

  • What opportunities exist in a infinite tail scenario?
  • What is the most efficient mechanism for value creation?

I was thinking that affinity based collaboration may become the new organizational model. In order to manage the scale and complexity of the infinite tail, an economy based on cognitive products and services will be required. I don’t foresee anytime in the near future when we will be dealing with less information. The growth in the amount, type and quality of information will force people to seek solutions that a match the efficiencies of the market and of their own cognitive processes. The cognitive economy will arise as a function of the emergence of the infinite tail.

Links:
The Gillmor Gang RSS feed
Resignation Gang (Part 3)

The change in corporate technology ecosystems

I again was listening to the Grand Central Gang from the Gillmor gang. My only comment on the whole podcast is simply the choice in changing software platforms is not solely based on the technology. In my experience significant change in corporate technology ecosystems is heavily influenced by its IRR and if it is significantly greater than the IRR of current solution. There are many innovative technologies that get adopted slowly because no one is able to produce a cash flow analysis that can move the company into action.

As geeks we sometimes see the potential in technology but the realization of that potential usually trails significantly. This is due in some part to the inability of us geeky folk to relate the technology to the business. In addition to our geekyness corporations (read large) like to have projects that have high batting averages (read no failures). Even more limiting is the corporate desire for not only high batting averages but high power numbers (read no failures and big returns). Short term thinking of many middle managers adds to the ideas of no failures and big returns.

This is why we see time and time again small upstarts using technology to redefine a market and beat established companies.

Links:

Gillmor Gang RSS Feed
Grand Central Gang

Gillmor Gang Commercials / Testimonials and active listeners

I have had multiple conversations about the recent format change on the Gillmor Gang, most feedback being critical of the changes. I have been a regular listener for sometime now. When The Earthlink commercials started I gladly reviewed the services from earthlink. Then Godaddy.com joined the rotation and I reviewed their services and bought some domains using one of the Gang codes. I consider myself a loyal listener who has paid his respect in person, via iTunes subscription, via RSS subscription, via sponsor patronage and via recommendation.

The challenge is dealing with the repetitive nature of the commercials. I do at times skip past the commercials, if I can free myself from driving. The weird thing is I don’t really want to skip the commercials because I want to support the Gillmor Gang in a real way. If its just the same sponsors and same commercials over and over, I’m stuck until I need more domains.

I understand and support the fact that Steve Gillmor and the Gang deserve to reap benefit from their creativity and hard work. I also understand that there may be a limited number of sponsors available. I think the podcaster, sponsor, listener system needs a mechanism to create incentives for passive listeners to become active listeners(Something like this might already exist). These incentives could come in many forms here are just a few:

  • If an active listener spends money with a sponsor they get a token from the sponsor that can be used to get an add free version of the podcast for some set period of time.
  • The token could provide access to additional content like out takes or more in depth interviews.
  • The token could provide early access to content for some period of time (used by slashdot).
  • In place of a token the active listener would receive a web badge making visible their support of the podcast.
  • Regular quality comments could lead to a guest spot on the podcast.

In the end all I know for sure is this; I enjoy the Gillmor Gang and other podcasts. The podcasts that create more unique incentives for me to become an active listener are going to get the most valuable pieces of my attention.

Links:
The Gillmor Gang RSS Feed

Attention and the illicit meta-data trade

It’s a funny world, serendipity strikes. I was listening to the Gillmor Gang SearchSIG Gang podcast which could have been named the AttentionSIG Gang. The conversation about Gesture Bank and the value of meta-data was very interesting. The idea of Gesture bank as a counterweight to the walled meta-data gardens made me think about all the meta-data I have seen traded. I have seen traditional demand data being traded for improved supply chain performance and purchasing behavior being traded for cash. I guess enterprising people have always been able to find a way to monetize an ever increasing percentage of the information generated everyday.

Serendipity strikes, I had recently listened to a speech by Kim Popovits Founder & President of Genomic Health as part of the Stanford DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders lecture series. Genomic basically was able to monetize the value of wax block biopsy samples that are stored after a cancer surgery. I know Genomic is doing great things for people with cancer but I wonder if those patients whose wax block samples allowed Genomic to prove their product, ever imagined they would be helping Genomic achieve a market cap of $270 million. There was (and most likely still remains) no way for cancer patients to monetize their wax block samples and now Genomic has created a walled garden around the data gathered from those wax block samples. Brilliant.

As industries (Financial, Medical, Mobile Communications ect…) create information the players eventually figure out how to use the whole cow even the moo. For some period of time many information assets sit undervalued and untapped. Eventually, an enterprising and innovative individual finds the long neglected assets and creates a way to make money with them. In most cases the resulting monetization occurs, at best, in a walled garden, most commonly thought, it occurs behind the ramparts of a castle where no one speaks of the trading of those long overlooked information assets.

The promise of Gesture bank (As I think of it) is it’s potential to become a market maker for attention meta-data, a creator of attention meta-data liquidity (think Fannie Mae). As Steve Gillmor said, (I paraphrase) during the podcast, most pools of meta-data are not open and available for purchase. What goes unspoken is the meta-data is used to serve the purposes of the collector and those purposes may not benefit the contributing parties. It is rare that a source of information as rich as the web/internet would have at it’s infancy an opportunity for the unwashed masses to realize the value of their participation beyond simply viewing web pages and receiving email.

At least that’s how I think about it.

Blogability

I was listening to the GilmoreGilmor Gang Disclosure gang podcast I believe John Jon Udell brought up (52:53 minutes in) the overwhelming amount of punditry in the blogisphere. He thought initially that people would be using their blogs to maintain a “Narration of their work”. He was unable to find many examples of people narrating their work. The gang also talked about the constraints that exist for the average person when blogging. Well I can confirm that the restrictions and conflicts listed both real and perceived are accurate. The acceptance of blogging has yet to penetrate many large corporations. It is sad at times because I would love to share in more detail the things that I am passionate about. The dilemma is that which I am passionate about makes up a good part of my work hours. So I can feed my blog only bits and sanitized pieces of my passion.