Jason Calacanis speech at Cebit 2008 Australia

by ian on May 29, 2008

I did not make it to Cebit 2008 in Sydney this year, despite being able to walk down there. The only part of the conference that I would like to have seen was the Jason Calanis speech, and today I got to watch it on youtube.

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He is a fantastic public speaker, and I enjoyed watching his speech. I don’t think I am on the same wavelength in regards to “reward obsessive behaviour”. I see too many people who work very hard and are enthusiastic and have an “obsessive” work ethic but they are not the sharpest tool in the shed. That may be an ok quality for low level menial jobs, but for important jobs, I would take the essentially lazy person who has brilliant ideas, who can read the market and can provide a roadmap for the execution of those plans. I value intellect over a hard working person who works around the clock.
It will also be very interesting to see how mahalo.com works out. To be honest, I dont like the product, I dont like the look of the site, I dont like the layout, I do not like how it is starting to get complicated and deviating from its core focus. What I do admire, is how the site is adapting and constantly changing. And that they do conduct focus groups, so at least they are trying to deliver a product that the customer wants. I would like to see the site become a big success and prove the critics wrong.

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