“What shirt should I wear to work today?” was my thought while standing in the closet, excited about our team’s new hire and some exciting news on the products our team works on.
My “Upcoming.org” shirt, I thought. I want to be reminded of the potential. Not many people remember Upcoming, but it was a Yahoo! acquisition many years ago. Along with Del.icio.us and Flickr it really defined Web2.0, moving from a web of documents to apps, UGC and crowd-sourcing.
Upcoming had a kickstarter (that’s where I got the shirt), trying to recapture the magic. The ghost of del.icio.us lives on- acquired by Yahoo!, spun-off, and re-acquired by a startup that was originally inspired by del.icio.us.
I get compliments all the time about the quality of work and the quality of people at Yahoo! (with exclamation point #grump). It’s easy to forget that for years at Yahoo! we solved problems w/o thinking that eventually became startups!
When Hadoop was spun off and open-sourced, it started a wave of companies, big and small, that came together around “Big Data” which led to “Machine Learning” and quickly commoditizing into “Data Science”.
What will happen with Vespa? How will its ghost live on, what impact to the global economy will it have?