I am attending the PC Forum 2006 in Carlsbad, California. This year's theme is "Erosion of Power: Users in Charge" and I was lucky to be invited for tomorrow morning's panel, "Where's the Upright Virtual Wheelchair?". We are going to talk about how startups are building services that empowers the end users to own and control their own information.
I just registered and they gave me a nice fleece and a backpack. We'll see if I'm gonna get some real values from this conference.
Lots of celebrities here - I've just met Esther Dyson (of course), Pierre Omidyar, David Hornick, Keith Teare, Mike Arrington, Brad Fitzpatrick... I even sat next to Johannes Ernst on the plane coming here.
Barry Schwartz just talked about how having too much choice can be a bad thing and the default choices are important (that is, when the user choose not to make choice, what does he/she get?). I think this is very relevant to the problem that my company is facing. The more, the better - but the less is more!
I just stepped outside to get a cup of coffee and ran into Dan Greenfield from Earthlink. (We're having a meeting tomorrow) He jokingly said that half of the startups in the PC Forum will be sold before the end of the conference - now, that'll be fun!
Pierre Omidyar has been on stage with Esther for about half an hour. They are talking about lots of stuffs, but they just talked about reputation, authentication and privacy. Esther just mentioned Opinity twice in a row! Pierre also keeps talking about how they (Omidyar Networks) look for companies that provide environments for self empowerment that has positive social impact. Knowing his keen interest in this field I think it would be terrific if I can sit down with Pierre in the next couple of days!