2010: Personal year in review
This year, like many years before it, has been one of immense personal growth for me. I have continued 2009′s transition from one who is best known and suited for talking about ideas to one who focuses much more on turning ideas into product and business process at scale. I still have a lot to learn!
For that, I continue to thank my friends and colleagues at Echo for their patience, collaboration and wisdom.
In keeping with this transition, this year I have mainly been head down at Echo working on our product, marketing and business roadmap with the team. Much of our work has not yet seen the light of day and I can’t be more excited for it’s eventual release.
The result is I’ve missed a lot of parties or conferences I love to attend, but it has also given me a great opportunity to stay at home and get to know an amazing woman, Nichole. Meeting her has been surprising. And I am rarely surprised.
That being said, though, I feel like I’ve become closer to a core set of amazing people – friends – who continue to inspire, irritate and elevate me. Like all good friends should!
The industry too has gone through some amazing transitions.
Apple’s iOS, once thought invincible, has gone through the inevitable re-balancing against a more open alternative, Android. Facebook, once thought a fad by some, has solidified it’s place as the winner of the destination social networking space through a series of very smart decisions, a total lack of competition and free pass from all the tech media.
Twitter, on the other hand, seems to have continued to struggle to find its place. From simple SMS service, messaging bus of the web or media power house; this year they seemed to drop the ball on all fronts.
Wikileaks has forced us all to think about ultimate transparency and has shone a brilliant light on the media’s inability to understand its own role (particularly the 24 hour broadcast news networks). Transitional media thinking has truly failed us in this new century and will continue to fail as long as they cling to out-dated business models and false drama.
I’m glad that Jon Stewart has taken a more active (even serious) role in this message – however slightly.
I am, however, optimistic for the mainstream media. Many of the executives I have spoken to there (which is many) understand the transition and are fighting each day to lead it.
Overall though, for me personally, 2010 was primarily a year of contentment. A rare feeling for me. For that, I am grateful for all of those who contributed. Past and present.
I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings. I only hope my luck holds out!