In a matter of days, the AppsLab will turn three years old.
Coincidentally, I’ve been reminded lately just how smart the people around me. So, indulge me for a few hundred words as I brag about my team.
The sense of deja vu has been heavy for me lately. For example, this tweet today from Susan Scrupski (@ITSinsider), an Enterprise 2.0 maven, pointed to prediction markets as a hot E 2.0 trend for 2010.
This is one of the first ideas Paul dropped on me in 2007; we talked to Inkling Markets and played around with their stuff, but without a bunch of people to bet against, the markets weren’t very engaging. Still, I’ve always wanted to circle back to the idea.
One of Paul’s missions for work is to make it more like a game, which you’ll know if you read here. Back in 2007, he showed me Amy Jo Kim’s (@amyjokim) “Putting the Fun in Functional” slide deck, which opened my eyes to an entirely new way to think about designing software.
Of course, he’d been thinking that way for a while, and he still is.
Another of Paul’s early mantras was that people do work. In late 2007, he whipped up a mockup of a social network wrapped around the stream of information that a person uses to do her/his job, including collaboration with other people and with application objects from other systems, all rolled into a single, social view.
This model should sound familiar. It’s one you’ll find in several products that are coming to market soon.
If Paul is the idea guy, then Rich is the operations guy.
Rich has a knack for being right all the time.
He correctly predicted that Google Chrome would replace Firefox as my primary browser, if I gave it a try.
He immediately saw enterprise value in Google Wave.
He convinced me to ditch Windows in mid-2008, a decision I’ve never regretted, but lately, he’s been singing the praises of Windows 7, which has my attention.
Rich is right so frequently, that I’m half expecting myself to buy a Palm Pre just because he says it’s so great. I’m not a mindless follower. He’s just that good.
Rich is a hacker, which is why we brought Anthony to the team.
It’s good to have someone with a strong, classic Computer Science background to balance Rich’s gunslinging. Anthony is a rockstar developer who spends his free time studying how to become an even bigger rockstar.
He’s the kind of developer you start a company around, which is both awesome and scary, since I’m not starting a company.
Anyway, the lesson I’ve learned is surround yourself with smart people and enjoy the ride. Oh, and I still have the best job at Oracle.
Happy birthday AppsLab.
Update: This post got mangled a bit after I first published it, so it might seem a bit more complete and less repetitive now.
Update 2: Like a broken record, location is coming to the enterprise. Rich added it to Connect a year ago, and he turned me on to Fire Eagle a year before that, i.e. in April 2008. That guy needs to play the lottery.