In his post 30 Thoughts At 30,000 feet, Fred Wilson referred to Alex Iskold as “a freak of nature.” Fred supports this by saying “He writes code, runs a company, and does amazing blog posts for Read Write Web that are better than most Gartner research reports. I’d ask how he finds the time to do all of that, but I know the answer. Full disclosure – Alex’ company, Adaptive Blue, is a Union Square Ventures portfolio company.”
I’ve gotten to know Alex over the past year (I’m also a small investor in Adaptive Blue) and I’ve begun referring to Alex as “the big brain.” Almost all of our communication is via email (I see him every now and then) and I’ve started envisioning him as a gigantic brain suspended in some funky liquid with a cable coming out of it that is connected to a computer (if I was a little better with Photoshop I might even draw you a picture of it.)
As Fred says, Alex “does amazing blog posts for Read Write Web that are better than most Gartner research reports.” I agree and read each of them carefully as part of trying to increase my cognitive reasoning functions around the theme I call The Implicit Web. Alex’s post today titled The Structured Web – A Primer is another excellent one. In this post Alex does a great job of linking together four things that I spend plenty of time thinking about – APIs, semantic information, microformats, and RSS.
Keep them coming Alex.