Category Archives: technology

It’s the Conversation, Stupid…

Twitter (and blogs and other social media stuff) is about conversations and relationships. It’s not another megaphone to scream your spam direct marketing information about your products and services.

Biggby Bob (@BiggbyBob) gets it. Frank Ellison (@Comcast Cares) gets it.  Chris Brogan (@ChrisBrogan) gets it. Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) gets it. Zappos CEO Tony (@zappos) gets it. Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) gets it. Many, many others, too many to list here, get it.

To all of you self-proclaimed “SEO Experts” “Social Media Gurus” “Social Networking Ninjas” Be human. Be You. That’s what it’s all about.

It’s the conversation, stupid.

Chock Full O' Zen

Zen


Good Things Come to Those Who Wait…

VC activity is starting to pick up in the region. An article in today’s Washington Post by Alejandro Lazo has the headline, “Venture Funding Rises 13.9% in Region.” In essence, it says in the first quarter of 2008 venture capital firms invested about $264.6 million in area companies. IT firms received $68.5 million and software firms $54.2 million.

This should encourage the start-ups in the D.C. area. That community has expressed frustration lately over the ambivalence of VCs to companies located here. To their credit, though, they do not give up and keep pushing. Like anything good, the beginning is hard work but the rewards can be great. It is nice to see they are now starting to gain attention.


This Could Be Cool…

An article in the Washington Post describes a new device that could be cool. It is a dashboard device that uses two-way GPS to monitor traffic conditions and send updates to other drivers. The company that created it, INRIX, says it is based on a “hive mind” concept. Cars that just went through a traffic delay would relay that information to cars that have yet to reach it.

One problem I see is the price, $599. I don’t see to many people paying that except for techies and maybe higher income folks who drive a lot. As the company refines the product, I could see it becoming a standard device in cars like satellite radio and GPS are now.

Another is the size of the box. In the picture in the article, it looked relatively small. Trying to figure out what is being displayed would be yet another distraction to drivers on roads that are already pretty scary. A voice alert along with the display would be a big improvement. A driver could punch in their destination and then a voice could announce problem areas along the route, “Traffic stopped at the I-270/I-495 spur,” for instance.

All in all, though, this is a cool new product. Traffic is such a coin toss in this area anything that could help get through it is welcomed.


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