The front page of the New York Times had an article on the apparent web start-up bubble, but Mike Moritz disagrees. When asked on stage by John Heilemann of New York Magazine, Moritz pretty much said there will be some carnage, but it’s different this time. There are a lot of interesting ideas and that’s the way venture capital works. The interview with Moritz was the highlight of the afternoon.
The start of the Web 2.0 Summit got off to a rocky start as there were a bunch of technical glitches and the opening interview was with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. I don’t know if it was the interviewee or the interviewer, John Battelle, but the session came off as lifeless. Zuckerberg seemed uncomfortable on stage and Battelle didn’t do much to change the atmosphere. From the O’Reilly blog, which is a the best source of updates about the conference:
Zuckerberg answered questions, some friendly, some leading, some almost confrontational, with poise and aplomb, but didn’t say much and revealed nothing. It was a short, news-free appearance: a star turn, nothing more. Or, pardon the metaphor, it was like a Facebook page in which someone doesn’t really say anything about himself.
Marissa Mayer is a terrific presenter and did a nice job describing Google Health, but led off with the 10 things Google Health is not: One of them was a "I feel yucky button." No one at Google is getting a gig on Letterman. Another highlight was Evan Williams talking about Twitter. More later.