The titans of Silicon Valley were talking about cloud computing in the late 1990s — way before anyone called it cloud computing. I remember Larry Ellison telling Charlie Rose that one day, we'd be accessing our data from a box on our desks, but the data would be off somewhere in a central server, not in the box.
Today, whole businesses are building in the cloud, offering companies of every size the ability to manage information strategically — affording a focus on the various communities consuming the information, not where the information is stored.
ReadWriteWeb's excellent ReadWriteCloud, the online publication, just ran this article. While it addresses cloud recovery and whether it's a new name for the simple backup, the article serves as a solid immersion into the value of cloud computing.
I'm still not used to how the current generation of venture capitalists is content to throw money at a startup without spending much time with it. Before arriving in Silicon Valley, my impression was that there is a difference between VCs and bankers. Wrong.
Here's an excellent perspective on what venture capital needs, by Jason Pontin of MIT's TECHNOLOGY REVIEW.
Today's Social Media Hour, a really useful weekly radio program about social media created and moderated by Cathy Brooks, included an interview with Jeff Hayzlett, Kodak's chief marketing officer. Click here to download the company's excellent, and complimentary, guide to social media use.
In the final analysis, on this day, anyway, the Internet is human.
That's the takeaway of dozens of Supernova conversations, whether they
happened on Twitter with folks miles away from the conference or with
the person right next to you in the room. The Internet, in all its
technology and technicality, is a tool for intimacy. We just have to
carve out the boundaries that protect our privacy, our talents, our
corporate competitive differentiation, our social interaction, our
governing systems. The thing is, we don't have the luxury of waiting
for the Internet to pause. Like people, the Internet keeps flowing and
leading us to new discoveries about ourselves and the data we produce.
With luck, our closer proximity will generate and sustain the kind of
trust only humans can do.
Read more of this post at Supernova Hub.
Some takeaway points from the Supernova conference, morning of the second day.