it’s becoming apparent that we are entering a new era in information consumption. we have gone from extreme pull with huge friction both in money and hassle around info consumption (remember nexis lexis and sweet talking the company librarian?); to the huge open pipe, where useful information was a needle in a haystack of noise; to the emerging market today of idea push, where white collar professionals (mostly smart vc’s at this point) see networking benefit in pushing out their best ideas to bring in even more good stuff back in the form of deal flow and props for ‘getting it’.
seems like we’ve moved from open source software to open source ideas and i think it’s awesome. sure the cost is that we all start to feel like people can scarf up our best ideas before we can even completely get them straight but we can also iterate together way faster.
case in point is fred wilson’s exciting new investment in del.icio.us. fred being one of the few humble vc’s actually has no problem giving credit to jeff jarvis for pointing him to the service and its importance.
it’s been fun for me to start sharing some of the observations i’ve kept bottled up like a good entrepreneur should for months to see what flows back. already i’ve gotten great feedback and seen additional open source brain power cycles on my peopleweb and revolution of the ants concepts, and i get the feeling we’re just at the tip of the iceberg of power we may all yet unleash together.