The industry specific trade shows, if you have attended one, are a love fest of the worst kind. Back slapping, plastered smiles and of course the bonhomie which ends the minute you walk out of the show floor. But since we are all grown up, we play the game, have a nice glass of wine and go home. End of story. So why am I bringing this up? Well things went a little over the top at VON Europe. One of my spies recounted the keynote speech by Mr. VoIP, Jeff Pulver. While extolling the virtues of VoIP (all right) Jeff went off on a tangent and said that Skype CEO and co-founder Niklas Zennström (and his team) along with Henning Schulzrinne and Jonathan Christensen (Godfathers of SIP) should be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Why? because helping people communicate better is a good way to end war. Apparently a number of Europeans were tittering at this point. Pulver suggested that the attendees use any contacts they might have with the organizing committee to make this happen. Of course Jeff did not realize that the even was in Sweden, and Noble prize is given out by the Norwegians, and never shall the twain meet and all.
Now that’s a noble thought (pun unintended!) Just a tad naive. Or so I think! After all phone has been around for a while, and thanks to high tariffs the communication has been difficult. Never mind that Skype is cheap way to communicate if you can afford to spend a few hundred dollars (or life time of earnings for someone in the developing world) on a computer type device, and then spend atleast a $20 on broadband (a month of wages perhaps in developing nations.) I know Jeff meant well… but still … to think of these gentlemen in the same vein as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela… well I guess it was a trade show. As someone wagged, these comments are a good measure of how close this bubble is to bursting and you can see that in the swollen egos
in the industry. Fifteen minutes, shall we say?