Anton Wahlman

I did a podcast with Anton Wahlman which you can hear here.

Anton’s reports at Think Equity were always insigthful and helped me think about what was going on in the industry overall.

I have a tendency to speak to a lot of people and discerning the whole picture is more than science, it’s art. I would say that Anton has this ability.

I wish him well on his new efforts, which I am sure will be revealed sometime this summer.

Okay, Time to Party@Nxtcomm

I have a few friends inform me they are coming to Nxtcomm so I am sure I will do at Fierce what I did at my former employers parties — Stand at the door and be a wall flower at the party.

For those who are lightweight drinkers you can hang with me
To register go here

If you want to send me a note… is the spot.

Tom Evslin about the future of Wireless

Tom joined me for a podcast about the wireless Internet.

In other conversations this week, I got on to the subject of devices. I have some friends who love the iPhone, others that want an open system.

In talking with various friends the Kindle has been talked about alot and I thought it made sense to talk about the possibilities of the wireless Internet from the perspective of what the Kindle represents.

I asked Tom to think about the lessons of his Kindle and where he expects the opportunities to develop.

I think he is probably right, and would love to have a conversation with a GPS company next.

Most importantly the discussion about White Spaces is becoming very interesting.

Please listen to description of WIFI and BlueTooth.

Let me know what you think.

Carl and Fierce

Welcome Carl Ford

I’m pleased to announce long-time technology community developer Carl Ford will be working with us at Fierce as a strategic advisor and community developer. Carl will be writing a couple of columns and working with us on webinars and other types of events as he and we see fit.

There’s a reason why I underlined “with us” above; Carl is also free to do his own things and I’m not going to pretend we’re keeping him busy 100 percent of his time–his creative mind is active way more than a stock 40 hour week to begin with. He’s got some projects he’s working on and I hope we may be of service to him in the future in those areas.

So what does a community developer “do”? That’s an interesting question when it comes to the world of technology. I’m reviewing the wiki definition of “community development” and can’t bring myself to put Carl in the same category as Gandhi and Muhammad Yunus; I think I’ll crib a part about “community building and organizing” where people work together with a common interest.

I’d also like to break the mold that Carl is just a VoIP/telecom guy. He and I have been going back and forth on video and femtocells and peering and 4G for quite a while. I’m going to publish Carl’s first column either today or tomorrow on FierceOnlineVideo because he talks about social networking and Comcast and video–there’s no VoIP there.

So, welcome Carl!



NxtComm in Vegas

Sometimes its clear that venue is a help. Running conferences where the tag line for the city is “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” does not make a sales lead sound viable. Unless of course blackmail works :<). Talking with friends I have yet to determine whether I should go out there or not. On the one hand I can support some of my friends and colleagues in there efforts. And I can show my face to the community. On the other hand. Vegas on my tight budget is like putting an elephant on a tightrope. The odds that the elephant is going to stay in line are slim. (is that a pun?) So at this point I am uncommitted. And it sounds like I am not alone. I think the show lacks the Internet crowd. Google and the social network types are not participating, nor are the Over The Top Video companies. The core of Nxtcomm is the network core as well. It's the blend of Alcatel Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Juniper, Nortel, Sonus and Tellabs. So is Nxtcomm a big iron show that is looking at End of Life, or like Ironman is it about to emerge as a superhero? What do you think?

A little praise for the Magic Jack

I was given a Magic Jack to evaluate and while product reviews are not my forte, this is a great little product.

They have done a great job of building the interface and I have been playing with it.

Since, I am technically a Floridian, I tried to find a dialtone close to me. I missed the coast but I got the state with a number and voice mail that makes it so my mother in law can call me local. (Talk about your law of unintended consequences).

Anyway the Jack for a hardphone, the softphone and the PSTN number configured flawlessly and now I am up and running.

Good Job