Episode Two: A Jolley Time
Doing the first episode is one thing, but doing the second is where habit is created. It was great to have Charles Jolley of Strobe/SproutCore/MobileMe fame join Ben, Joe and myself for another round the table chat.
Charles gives us a great view into what his company Strobe is doing, and the vision for the Web that it is pushing. Strobe’s ADN (app delivery network vs. CDN) is going to allow HTML developers to focus on the great experience that they want to deliver, and also allow the business to focus on how it wants to go to market.
SproutCore is an important piece in that they use it to push the Web, in a somewhat similar way that Chrome could be a net win for Google even at a low share, as it pushed the browsers to move fast.
Yehuda Katz has been an important hire for Strobe, and we have seen SproutCore 2 gain developer ergonomics that we expect from him.
As we discussed the path that Charles has taken, from Mobile Me on the desktop, to rich Web applications on mobile, we discuss the role of the Web.
This took us into a discussion on the LinkedIn apps, and of course we had to get to webOS.
The HP webOS bombshell announcement surprised many today. It hasn’t been a surprise that webOS devices haven’t been flying off of the shelves, but HP has been messaging: a) it’s a marathon, b) we want to developer #1+ products, c) integrated software and hardware is key, d) we are in a post-PC era.
Only about a month ago we have HP folks talking about how great devices are coming, and how committed HP is to webOS.
On the earnings call they clearly stated that the webOS division didn’t meet the milestones and hence the ace on the hardware. All, so very soon after the TouchPad launch.
Wow. There are some amazing engineers, designers, product folk, and more at “Palm”. I know that many worked long hours to ship the TouchPad. They should never have shipped it before it got the performance updates. Well, there have been many “man I wish that X wasn’t played out that way.”
Who knows what the full next chapter is for webOS. I wish it well, and wish the idea of a rich Web platform well too. That idea will live on no matter what.
Anyway, until next time. Let us know if there are any topics you would like us to cover on the show!
Ben, Dion, and Joe
ps. we also ran a video camera for this one, so we will put that up later too!