Taking Yer Ball and Going Home
I've thinking a lot lately about this whole situation with the valley, the boom, TechCrunch, and my experience being in a startup somewhat outside of that insider world (though being quite fulfilled thank you). And, Lo, Mike Arrington finally breaks down and does it himself. This is really priceless. Ok, couple quick thoughts:
- If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem. No use boo-hooing. Rather than complain, let's try and take a position of influence and put it toward building a brighter version of what this period of activity could look like. Why not feature other regional communities with interesting things going on (I recently had a great experience at Tech Cocktail, for example)? Why not stop leading with venture news?
- Chickens come home to roost. It is satisfying on some level, I admit, to see this coming from one of the chief architects (willingly or not) of this whole environment of late.
- This is not a new idea. Kudos to the folks who have been forever and consistently trying to keep everyone honest. The perennially observant and erudite Dave Winer, who I'd put in that camp, has something to say as well.
This one bit of insider drama is much welcomed by those of us outside the fishbowl. Good show to Mike for at least saying how he feels, now let's see what he can do by channeling it in a positive direction -- he has the power, for now anyway.