To that end, we’re adding few new elements to the event. Last year the “High Order Bit” was a hit – we had a dozen or so great presentations, all ten minutes or so, where a bunch of Big Ideas were unveiled. Bill Gross introduced Snap, Joe Kraus took the wraps off JotSpot, Kim Polese launched SpikeSource, and a bunch of other folks blew our minds with the future of gaming online, the real stats behind web usage (including porn), and the rather scary future we might be building ourselves if we continue to support, witting or not, a closed system of intellectual property development.
This year I’ve already got a bunch of great folks lined up for similar gigs – Tom Barton of Rackable, for example, on the bare metal of Web 2.0, and Bran Ferren on, well, whatever is turning him on in October. But I want more. That’s the first thing I’d ask you for – input on great new ideas, people, and companies to debut in October. I was very proud that we had nearly a dozen new product or company introductions at the event. If you’ve got one coming out this Fall, or you know of one, let me know.
I’m really hoping to be able to announce ideaShrub this year, but time will tell if this is actually feasible, or not. I’m going to start saving up and see if I can go and demo the application – I’m certain a number of people will find it to be interesting.