7. Adobe will try to acquire Joyent. This year, Adobe announced that it will acquire the content management system vendor Day Software, which just happens to be one of the biggest contributors to the popular open source Apache web server. Joyent is the sponsor company of Node.js, a popular framework for building lightweight web servers and other server-side applications.
It makes sense that Adobe would want to be close to Node.js, but the acquisition would be about more than just acquiring the flavor-of-week development framework. I've written about how Adobe is building its own stack. Both Node.js and Joyent's core Infrastructure-as-a-Service business would fit into this strategy. Acquiring Joyent would put Adobe in the cloud computing game, which is something every big vendor wants to be in on.
10. Cloud bubble: The next great bubble will be around cloud computing. Things were already heating up this year as companies bid up storage companies. And the stock of Salesforce.com, the mother of all cloud computing companies, has been on a rampage. By the end of 2010, at least 10 cloud computing startups raised more than $20 million in venture capital. These include such hot names as Joyent of San Francisco, which nabbed $15 million from several backers, including Intel. 2011 will be the year that many larger players swoop in and start buying up these racehorses. Expect vicious bidding wars and talk that some are overpaying.
I got the feeling that our clients were simply trying to mimic successful businesses, and that as consultants, our earnings came from having the luck of being included in an elaborate cargo-cult ritual.
Do you even realize what you have with Flickr? It’s the largest well organized library of images in the world. Not only that, it has a very strong social networking component. In fact, Flickr may represent (if managed correctly) your single biggest opportunity to launch a much larger and more lucrative social network (and stock photography agency as well). Have you spent any time in any Flickr groups? They are addicting. People live in them. They play games in them. All kinds of activity goes on in them every day. And if you took the time to really explore the social side of Flickr, you’d learn this, and figure out a way to grow it.
On Tuesday I learned my friends at Flickr had lost their jobs. The tragedy extends beyond Y-inc screwing up the innovation engine - they are literally killing their best and brightest. If this seems all to familiar, it harks back to my experience all those years ago at Sun.
In the end, the 717, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777 were lined up nose-to-tail on the taxiway. It is the first time Boeing has had every 7-series airplane in the same place (not counting the 787, which couldn’t make the flight, of course).