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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Metaphors and Defrag

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Eric Norlin – who runs the Defrag Conference – has a good post up today titled The metaphors we’ve outgrown.  He riffs off of the Google Chrome announcement.  At the end of it, he answers "what makes Defrag different."

People ask me all of the time what makes Defrag different? I kind of giggle and tell them that I’m proud that we’re not a conference loaded with case studies. Don’t get me wrong, that has a very useful place (in a nearly mature market). We’re just nowhere near that place. Defrag is about gathering to explore, imagine and build these new metaphors. The web should be getting smarter, more implicit, more enabling.

Let the rest of the world get mired down in economic uncertainty, productivity enhancement and cost reduction. There’s plenty of time for you to do that (trust me). Come to defrag and help us grow out of these metaphors. And then watch as the supposedly “pie in the sky” things you find at Defrag are suddenly “real world” things that you’re using and implementing everyday. Kinda cool, huh?

For all those interested, I’m still using Chrome – mostly enjoying it a lot but starting to notice the things it is missing, especially all those fun implicit web plugins I’ve been using.

  • http://www.marketing.fm Eric

    I am missing the plugins too – they are a must for any browser power user and Chrome needs some sort of add-on system fast.

  • http://www.nestgedguis.com MichaelBuchanan

    Good post about metaphors and the current legacy design problems.. I think the answer to the whole problem is 'microspaces' . http://www.microspaces.com It just isn't as easy for me to get everyone to listen, as it is for Google. – mike@microspaces.com

  • Eric

    I am missing the plugins too – they are a must for any browser power user and Chrome needs some sort of add-on system fast.

  • MichaelBuchanan

    Good post about metaphors and the current legacy design problems.. I think the answer to the whole problem is 'microspaces' . http://www.microspaces.com It just isn't as easy for me to get everyone to listen, as it is for Google. – mike@microspaces.com

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