Vuvuzelas are the reason we can’t have nice things.
Vuvuzelas are blasting from all corners of South Africa in celebration of the FIFA World Cup collectively creating a hum that I’m convinced can be heard from any part of the world for two reasons. First, the amazing amount of Internet penetration the World Cup has gained. If you just judge from some of the statistics that Akamai and Twitter shared, you can see how popular it is. Akamai reported 11 million visitor requests per minute since the Cup started and for those keeping score at home that is 233% growth; while, Twitter is seeing an average of 3,000 TPS (tweets per second, seriously you should know this stuff by now) whenever a goal is scored, which is up from 750 TPS. It’s pretty amazing to see how the Internet is factoring into and changing these experiences that have been around for so long. And the second reason vuvuzelas can be heard around the world is that they might just be that loud.
Along with watching some of the World Cup at the office, my second week at VodPod has been filled with awesome programming and brainstorming. Most of my week was spent laying the foundation and starting development for their new iPhone application. I’ve basically taken the lead on the project, which isn’t as hard as you’d think, given that there is only a six-person team at VodPod. I really appreciate that the team here has trusted me with such a big project, and I hope the application turns out great. Look for it in the App Store (hopefully) next month. After the application is done, I’ve been assigned to work on developing some new features both in the website and outside it. You’ll just have to wait to find out exactly what outside the website means. MWUHAHAHAH.
VodPod has a pretty interesting history; it was founded about 3 and half years ago with Mark Hall, Spencer Miles, and Scott Persinger. The idea morphed over time to what it is today, social video sharing, from the initial idea of Yahoo! groups for videos. They eventually changed the idea after realizing no one really needed a private video group site and started to focus on social. This lead to explosive growth, like tens-of-million’s-uniques-a-month explosive. That was probably the most impressive number to me. Here is this hugely popular website run by just six people. I guess that makes sense considering they are all amazing.
Back at TEC, We read Raising the Bar by Gary Erickson this week. It ended up being a great book that was packed with amazing lessons. I was particularly interested in Erickson’s decision to not sell the company as a means of adhering to the company’s and his values. It isa message that comes at an interesting time in Tech entrepreneurship. Most technology companies sell at almost chance for a variety of reasons; sometimes it is probably the right thing to do, other times it might not be. The book got me thinking about this and how different our industry would be if we had many independent, large companies. I don’t have an answer, and I don’t think anyone does, but it is an interesting thought to think of the technology start-up scene like that.
Our speakers are True this week were equally as awesome as last week. I was just bombarded with knowledge all afternoon by Toni Schneider, Tony Conrad, Danny Shader and Hiten Shah. It was amazing to listen to all their experiences at start-ups and just benefit from their knowledge. That’s really all I can say, because all of it was just that great that it would be an injustice not to write everything here.
There isn’t much else to say about TEC this week, except that I know I made the right decision by coming here. It was been exhilarating every step of the way, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else…except Father’s day at home, but hey you win some, you lose some.
I will be at New York University this fall as a Junior. These are a few things I appreciate: iPads, Nintendo 3DSes, photographies, good chocolate-chip cookies, friendses, zombie movies, Gullah Gullah Islands and plurality.