(Microsoft) Shoe on the other foot (Google)

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Interesting to read about major investigation of Google in US.  have they had it all their won way on advertising?  Have they failed to be ‘holier than thou’?  Very much feels like the old days of Microsoft being chased arising from their then dominant position.  Will be interesting to see whther this gives rise to any significant findings or actions.

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Every dog has its day – Glastonbury 2011

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Watched U2 last night.  They were great – and it was like a trip down memory lane.  But there was no convincing my kids that they were relevant or great.  Watched Coldplay tonight – what a difference.  Relevant and exciting.  And my nine year  old was kind in making her allowances for U2 last night – and my identification with them.

I’ve grown up with U2, Bono, the Edge etc.  They are a phenomenon.  And they pack in the stadia with people who want to see the phenomenon.  Fantastic songs such as ‘Where the streets have no name‘ and fantastic renditions of same.  But…tempus fugit.

And the same will happen Coldplay.

Enjoy the moment.  By all means relive the moment.  But don’t be confused.

 

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Thoughts on Web Summit 6

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I attended today’s 6th Web Summit at the RDS in Dublin.  Paddy Cograve continued his run of sell out conferences – this time with almost 1,000 attendees, on a Friday afternoon in Dublin.  I have now attended 3 of Paddy’s 6 web summits.

I think today was the weakest yet.

Sam Barnett was a weak kick off act – did not provide much insight until he explained how he avoided paying rent in his startup (his landlord was a criminal).  Eamon Leonard offered a fairly laboured comparison between rockbands and startup companies (not sure how Paddy found this so interesting). However Eamon’s delivery style and sense of humour kept people amused. Strange that Jennifer O’Connell should pitch thejournal.ie and then announce she is moving on (hardly the greatest pitch for any business).  Emi Gal (Brainient) was exellent – speaking of personalisation and relevance in video).

The coffee break appeared to be sans coffee – a bit Irish for the price people paid.

Tariq Krim (Jolicloud) and Marcus Segal (Zynga) were excellent.  Microsoft and Techcrunch presenters were not particularly inspiring.

And on the networking front – yes probably had the opportunity to catch up with 6 or 7 people and make one or two new contacts.  The pre and post gatherings offered ample opportunity to meet with various people.

So – will I attend future web summits?  I’m left a little cold after today’s – but to be fair there were a couple of thought provoking presentations and the general atmosphere was decidedly upbeat in comparison to much of what we see in Dublin these days.

 

 

 

 

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