this guy russ beattie from yahoo put up the best bubble 2.0 post i’ve seen. hopefully, this will end all of the reactionary, ‘oh my god, this is another sign of it’ posts. he’s the only one i’ve found that backs it up with great examples. his argument is that there’s a lot of little companies running around pitching new services that dont change the world or even people’s lives. he also has a funny point about how we lack bigger than life personalities like jobs and ellison. i think we have them in spades (anyone ever sat next to marc canter?). just that none of them have the right pulpit, yet. i would love to see larry and sergey step up as more vocal and visible leaders on the new valley but they’ve got plenty of time for that.
i’d like to find a constructive note in all this. maybe it’s that we are in a terrific time of experimentation and we should just let it roll and flourish. we have noted how little it costs. also, we are in a time of what the USV guys are calling ‘peer production’. this started with open source software but has moved to the production of content and services too. in that world small bits add up to big ideas like craigslist. its the revolution of the ants. maybe that means we’re entering a new time of ant services from ant companies and antrepreneurs!