Corporate transparency, Jonathan Schwartz style

I just came across an organizational announcement about Sun in CEO Jonathan Schwartz’s blog: appropriately enough, it’s called “I Don’t Believe in Walled Gardens“.

Jonathan is a smart communicator. Big-time smart. My guess is that he must have read the noise about the email sent by Yahoo CFO Susan Decker to all Yahoo employees last month, and must have figured that if stuff is going to leak, it’s smarter to pre-empt it.

Maybe I’ll ask my expert friend Shannon what she thinks about it.

When you’re female in Blogistan

Gee, sometimes I’ve got to be happy that my blog hardly ever gets any comments.

Violet Blue has written this thoughtful article commenting on the Kathy Sierra story. I’m scared enough by the whole grotesquely criminal story about the threats to Kathy. Yet, one more thing scares me, and it’s apparently just a detail in the story related by Violet about her friend: that the New York Times would write about a hate site “as though it were written by a rascally-but-humorous cad, and linking directly to the hate site, sending it that fat New York Times traffic“. Have these people no decency or common sense at all? And did they not realize that a link from the New York Times could send the site’s page rank way up?

I can link to whatever I want: it’s not going to make much difference in anybody’s position in search engines results. But anybody who gets to write an article on the NYT site should be required to get a tutorial in how search engines work. As Spiderman said, “with great power comes great responsibility”. And if such a publication links to a troll’s site, they’re not living up to it. Period.

If you had to move a petabyte of data, how would you do it?

Very interesting post in Jonathan Schwartz’s blog a few days ago. It is, and I’m willing take Jon’s word for it, faster to send a petabyte of data from San Francisco to Hong Kong by sailboat than over the Web, at least if you start and/or end with a consumer-grade DSL connection.
If you think about it, that’s why Netflix seems to have a pretty robust business model.

On whether men and women were meant to be together

The almost always interesting Dan Savage has another thoughtful Savage Love column this week. Someone who finds the hidden link between apparently unrelated domains (in this case, men’s and women’s different testosterone levels, and yet another confutation of intelligent design), even if in jest, is an interesting writer indeed.

More about Social Networking: 85Broads

Luckily, not all that ever went on at Goldman Sachs was inane goofing around on the Web (just kidding; I already said I think the Charlie story is a hoax). I just was approved to join (yes, they screen you) a site called 85Broads, the brainchild of a former Goldman Sachs fixed income VP called Janet Hanson. I was referred to the network by a very cool colleague who has a Harvard MBA, Nicola. A few open issues here:

  • Where are all my amazingly powerful and cool women friends from B-school? They’re not there. I just found one, Amanda. Amanda, glad I found you!
  • What possessed the person in charge of site design to choose that green-and-orange color scheme? It was probably meant to look fresh and inviting. All it does is look ugly.
  • Some readers of Janet Hanson’s book, More than 85 Broads, have dismissed it as shameless self-promotion, which casts some doubt on the Web enterprise as well. While I probably won’t read the book (it might have been a useful read, say, twenty years ago), I tend to give the author the benefit of doubt (after all, I work at a place where one of the corporate mantras is “We believe people are basically good”). Some self-promotion is good. And it’s so hard to have any kind of impact without making mistakes: I love Oprah, but I look at Oprah’s hawking of a book apparently best described as “a mishmash of offensive self-help clich├ęs” (I am quoting from Salon magazine) and I agree that, well, even Oprah is making a mistake.

So, you who are out there: any point of view on 85Broads? Please comment.

Comments on Oprah are welcome, too. I believe Oprah is basically good.