Friday, November 05, 2004

Clay Shirky: a new post

I subscribe to Shirky's mailing, but usually feel strongly enough about his essay to recommend them to many other people. This is one of the longer essays, and I am still parsing through a lot of it. Nevertheless, I am going to recommend this essay, as well as some of the other things in his mailing, such as:

- Fred Wilson's Open Source conversion

There was an amazing thread on Fred Wilson's blog, spread out over a
week in early October, related to his outlook on the tech industry
after installing Firefox.

First, tries Firefox, on the recommendation of another VC.
http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2004/10/firefox.html

Then he says "Interesting, but not such a big deal."
http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2004/10/firefox_continu.html">Interesting,

Then, on getting some clue from a blog reader about tabbed browsing,
he says "Interesting, and maybe a big deal."
http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2004/10/firefox_continu_1.html

Then he groks Open Source as a consumer phenomenon.
http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2004/10/open_source.html

Then he sells all his Microsoft stock.
http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2004/10/open_source_con.html

Then he defends that decision, predicting a tidal wave of community
driven software development.
http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2004/10/open_source_con_1.html

And the remarkable thing about seeing it blog format is that he never
tells the whole story of his conversion in a coherent, retrospective
way. you just see it unfold as he did.


I strongly recommend subscribing to his mailing list. It is not a lot of mail -- one essay every few months, but it is usually worth the wait.

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