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Google is wrong (futurology)

There has been much hype about “Google Chrome OS” the last few weeks, I’d like to state my opinion about it while is still fresh and clear.

It won’t work.

Ok, that was harsh, let me explain myself.

We all know, or think, that cloud computing is “the way of the future“, and that a lot of what’s today considered “desktop applications” will be inside the cloud in the near future. But we can also see that data storage & processing is every day cheaper and physically smaller.

So, if storage and processing is getting cheaper each day, why would anyone like to have all it’s photos, docs, and stuff, in Google’s cloud (or anyone’s else  for that matter) and not in it’s pocket?

What first comes to my mind is availability, but that’s not a great answer. I’ve been carrying a cell phone that can store much of my digital life for a while now, and, if the trend continues, in a couple years I’ll have a device capable of storing many times my life on a gadget the size of a wristwatch. So, if it’s always with me, and as my cell phone, it can always be online… why would I prefer “the Cloud”? I don’t see a clear answer.

Well, I do see one:  So they can mine my data, know what I do, and profit from it. Like GMail and its “ads”, but in a much larger scale. I’m not so sure people will fall for it.

Also there is another problem: An OS is not “a thing you use to surf the web, read your emails, listen to music and watch videos”. I think that’s a myth Microsoft has made all people believe to keep their dominance in the desktop arena. When I was younger I was involved in an open source OS called Syllable, and even if my participation was very small and sporadic, I really liked it and spent many hours using it, toying with it and hoping it’ll defeat Linux (I have to confess I’m a linux anti-fan). It had all the things I mentioned previously, but you have probably not even heard about it until today. That’s because when you start using an OS that is subpar in features or capabilities, you start missing those in a blink.

To finish this futurology session I’ll say that, the way I see it, the iPhone is much near of becoming “the future of desktop computing”, than Google and it’s Chrome OS are. At least for now. There is always time for improvement, and Googlers are not stupid by any means.

Notice: This article talks about future events, and it’s ideas and opinions might not correlate to reality in the long term.

As of this moment, this blog is publishing my raw thoughts.

I invite you to compare your ideas with mines and have a nice chat about them. As usual you can reach me on Twitter, Facebook, or Mail.

Moore’s Law

As Claris evolves (technologically and as a business) we are starting to face new chalenges ranging from UX design to Prices and Options.

We are always trying to make things the easiest possible way for our users. And that it’s a hard path to follow as many times it’ll be much easier to drop a bunch of options in a form and let the user figure things out. But, that’s less than ideal, we aim to build an app with almost no forms!

Our niche is crowded with many competing companies, and in that ecosystem, we want to stand out by our simplicity! Even if what we are trying to solve is not simple at all.

After all, Claris is about making things easier for people,  or to “change the world” if you like.

Claris: first week in public

August has been quite a month for Claris, last 4th Rodrigo and me had the chance to give a keynote about Claris at #CordobaOnline.

Before that day Claris was a very secret project that nobody had seen or heard of. To be fair, two days before that, it didn’t even had a name, we came up with it just in time for the event.

To prepare for our keynote, we had various rehearsals. As you might imagine, we wanted  to give a stunning presentation… but we couldn’t fit everything we wanted to show in the 10 minutes the organization said we’ll have available. So we ended up with a keynote that needed almost 20 minutes to complete.

In our defense, I’d say that we  tought nobody would care… of course we were wrong.

The obvious outcome was that we couldnt finish, so we ended up showing almost nothing about Claris demo. (Yeah, we left the best for the end, and there was no time for the end, so we ended up with no end!)

Claris: A good idea

Presenting at #CordobaOnline was a great experience, for a start we learned that we have to make our keynote last less time than what we are allowed, not double. We also got a lot of great comments and reviews from the people who where present there, and of course a lot of them registered to participate in our closed beta (hint: to participate go to Claris web site).

Two days after that, on August 6th, we traveled to Buenos Aires, were we had planned a set of meetings to show Claris. We felt very warmly received as everyone gave us a lot of feedback, and praised our “Scrum on steroids” approach.

We were thrilled! We always felt that the way Claris handles SCRUM was a killer feature, but when other people start telling you just that, that’s when you get really exited.

To close a great trip, just when we were about to get back to Córdoba we got a very nice review at Unblogged.

What a great journey! At this point we are so exited and inspired that we have developed a serious Claris-addiction condition!

Today I realized that if instead of using WordPress, I had used Eximius for my blog, I could have my posts both in Spanish and English… another good reason for choosing Eximius!

My new post will probable talk about “exit strategies” for entrepreneurs. If you have any suggestions let me know.

My view of entrepreneurship in Córdoba

For the last 10 months or so, Nutus has been secretly developing a new software that will see light really soon, it’s name is Emporika.

I’ve been dreaming about it’s functionalities since Nutus was born more than 5 years ago, and it’s with great pleasure that what I see it has become is pretty much what I envisioned (only that the real thing has a much better UI).

But what I’d like to talk today is not about Emporika per se, but about what it feels for me as an entrepreneur our actual reality is, as a group and in our context.

It’s always pleasant to see something you have envisioned get to a point where others can use it, enjoy it, etc. Even if it’s not great, or extremely popular or whatever. Also every time a new launch occurs, I feel confident it’ll be better than the last one, primarily because you learn a lot of things each and every time and also because you are older and smarter (o more knowledgeable).

Of course it’s not easy, of course planing will fail many times, of course you’ll dream with 200million users and that won’t happen in a blink… but it’ll lead you to another idea, another project, another success.

Aversion to risk is pretty high in this country, many people say it’s because of the crisis, or the government, or whatever. I think the problem resides somewhere else, let me call it “critical mass” (or the lack of it). Everywhere you’ll find people that avoid risk, that work in factories or in the government, those kind of people exist in every country, also, there are entrepreneurs in every country, and they risk it all just for the sake of showing their idea to the world. What is happening here is that we don’t know each other, we don’t help each other, and mainly we don’t share. Everyone is at home, bragging about how we’ll take over the world, but without some peer help, we won’t be able to do anything of value.

Rich people, smart people, science people, have for centuries developed “peer networks”, with a greater or lesser level of secrecy to help each other, why can’t we entrepreneurs do the same thing? And don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about PV/PVC/CV or anything like that, because meeting in a bar, to hear some “goddess” talk about how succesfull it is, and have a beer, is very far away from “finding a solution” to a technological or econommic problem that your venture might be having this week. We are not helping each other, we are just enlarging some egos.

I started proposing a solution to that problem called “Sillicon Córdoba” (I think global but act locally), at the begining my idea was to make it some kind of “socialist” solution where anyone could join, and everyone was an equal, that idea didn’t catch on… so for version 2, I’m accepting suggestions and the approach is going to be very different.

I’m not here desiring to be one of the “saved” ones. One of those who got into the right circle, made a lot of money and flew away. What I want is to create something that’ll prevail, something that can make a lot of peoples ideas succedd. I’m talking about making a better world, one entrepreneur at a time.

Yes, I’m an idealist, but I have a steady walk, slow… but steady.

Thinking about my first real post in this website. It’s going to be about projects, and entrepreneurs… I think

New website, new topics, same author..

I started blogging in 2001, I remember those days, it was kind of hard to update everything manually you know. I think blogging wasn’t even a word yet.

I think I stopped writing circa 2007, I don’t remember exactly why, but you can see my old blog here.

I’ve been thinking about my comeback since 2008, but I wanted to use my companies CMS for that; I even installed it and had it ready to launch, it just didn’t feel right. CMS are meant for another kind of websites, at least, that is what I’ve learnt in these years.

But enough of ancient history, you’d probably be wondering what am I going to be talking around here… Well mostly about CMS, e-Business (not e-commerce my friend), Marketing, Entrepreneurs, and Web software. Also, I’m in the process of developing 2 new web apps, that will be available later this year, so I’ll probably talk about that too.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you around here.

Comments are very welcome, also great ideas, and of course, VC’s for future projects!

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