Saw this over at Crunchgear. Amazing product with real-world potential. Small, light, and actually inconspicuous enough. Not sure how much it costs but don't think it looks to be that expensive. Plus, if it's targeted to the people who have real physical disabilities, it might be covered by insurance.
I have always had a great disdain for the Segway. I think it's a pretty useless product that got way more hype than it deserved. The fact that it's been relegated to irrelevance proves my point. Big, bulky, expensive, and more of a status symbol than an actual product. It just screams - LOOK AT ME! PAY ATTENTION TO ME! Case in point, the Woz. I don't know what it is exactly but every time I see someone on a Segway, I want to just punch them in the face.
On the 8:30am flight from Las Vegas to Oakland. Saw some family and generally just hung out. We stayed at the Wynn this time and man, it's a nice hotel. Friendly staff, dealers, and pit bosses. Plus, it's looking like the new place to be seen. Lots of nice looking ladies but also lots of douche bags. Oh well, gotta take the good with the bad.
Just read this story over at TechCrunch. Though the gist of it is technically more about file sharing and the music industry, it reminded me of the old days of 1999-2001 when all the dot-com douche bags (myself included) would cram into SOMA bars and think they were the kings/queens of the world. I distinctly remember a confrontation when one group of folks from Start Up A was monopolizing bar space and a group from Start Up B were trying to order drinks. As expected a little pushing and shoving match ensued with the requisite "Do you know where we work?" and "We're gonna buy this place!" was thrown around. Basically, young knuckle heads with too much money and too few failures in their young careers to know any better. A scant year or two later and most of them probably were unemployed. Another conversation I overheard was where a guy was talking about jumping to another start up only 3 months after joining his current one. His friend was saying "Do it man! That place is gonna take off! Take less money and get more equity. It's all about the equity man!" It was definitely a sign of the times.
As we have gone through one dot com implosion and are currently in the midst of a major recession, the number of young start ups has definitely diminished. Plus the fact that most start ups aren't getting monster investments and hiring just for the sake of hiring. The people who work at start ups today do it because they prefer to work in that environment versus trying to make a quick buck (believe me, there are far easier ways to make money than working at a web start up). This culling of the herd has definitely reduced the number of douche bags I see in the industry. But as the old adage goes, a douche bag never thinks he/she is a douche bag. Maybe someone is reading this and thinking, "This guy is such a douche bag." Wouldn't be my first time.
We were visiting friends yesterday in the South Bay for dinner and a movie. We ended up hanging out at Santana Row before the movie (specifically for Pink Berry). I'm actually quite amazed at how many people were there eating, drinking, shopping, etc. Guess the recession hasn't really hit Santana Row that much. I've noticed attendance at other mix-use malls like Emeryville's Bay Street has gone down compared to a few years ago.
I was thinking how much this place reminded me of a Vegas theme hotel, specifically the Venetian. Maybe it was the live music, the promenade, or the formulaic restaurant/bar/clubs. Actually, it was probably all the girls in skimpy dresses sloppily/drunkenly coming out of the bars.