It’s good to be back. After a four year absence, I’ve decided to get back to this Blog to share my thoughts and musings, try to make sense of TV/video product and technology developments, and, of course, shake things up a bit. A lot has happened since the Winter of 2006 for ClipBlast and me personally, and while I intend to share the details worth sharing on the wild ride of a video web startup, I am really looking forward to rolling up the shirtsleeves and contributing to the discussions that have become increasingly louder and more passionate about the very thing I’ve been involved in for the past 20 years, and that’s the convergence of video, TV and the interactive medium.
It’s been roughly five years since I set out to create ClipBlast with the intention to organize and simplify the video web. At that time, blogs were still nascent and looking for a model, so it’s fun to look back at some of the posts we created to see what was going on. For example, one might get a kick out of the post, NBC Get Backlash for Suppressing Viral Video, where the NBC lawyers go after a young startup called YouTube for allowing a Saturday Night Live segment called Lazy Sunday to be placed on it’s user-generated video platform and grow virally throughout the web. That incident, as it turn out, is viewed by many as the defining moment when the video web was born. It was clearly the boost that launched YouTube into the stratosphere, and despite the legal upheaval, was the moment the major media companies saw the writing on the wall and began to relax their position.
Indeed much has happened since then. And with the fine execution and evolution of such companies as Netflix, Apple and Comcast, along with game changing newer brands like Hulu and YouTube, these are still early days which is why I am so excited to be sharing, discussing and participating in what is likely to be explosive times of change and new opportunities as TV, video and the web converge into something very different than ever before.
Have a happy, safe and sane 4th!