Aug, 18 2008

When TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld suggests, “We have to talk about Android,” at the Mobile Web Wars Roundtable, some village’s idiot whined, “Why? Why do we have to talk about Android – nobody cares.” Then Michael Arrington popped a squat on his pitiful one man parade lecturing, “That’s ridiculous. That’s absolutely ridiculous. As soon as it launches you’re going to be kissing Google’s ass.”

Its funny cause its true. I’m not sure how I missed this (2 weeks ago) but its pretty hilarious and definitely worth AT LEAST the first 1:30 seconds (below) if you can’t watch the entire thing:

The purpose of the Mobile Web Wars Roundtable was to discuss the arrival of the Mobile Web. To even think about the concept of suggesting that nobody even CARES about Android is nothing short of absurd. It appears as if either Tom Conrad (Chief Technical Officer of Pandora, wearing yellow blazer) or David Hornik (Partner at August Capital, guy with Goatee to the right of Tom) – is the village idiot in question. Can anyone distinguish who it is? Let me briefly explain why he (whoever he is) is an idiot:

  1. Google is one of the most revolutionary Tech companies and THE most revolutionary web companies in modern times. The simple fact that they are working with manufacturers and carriers on groundbreaking phones is in and of itself exciting. People care.
  2. You’re at a freaking event to discuss the mobile web… and you’re a panelist… and you don’t understand why Google and Android are important? Pardon me while I borrow from Billy Madison, “Mr. Conrad, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your whiny, moronic remark did you even come close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to you. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

So I’m being a little harsh in good fun… I don’t have anything against Tom Conrad and he must be a damn smart guy for the position he holds. But seriously Mr. Conrad, don’t you have to admit that your “point” in this video is flat out wrong?

FYI here is a list of all the panelists:

David Rivas, Nokia, Vice President of Technology Management for S60 Software
Walt Doyle, CEO Ulocate
Tom Conrad, CTO Pandora
Greg Yardley, CEO of Pinch Media CEO
Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous
David Hornik, partner, August Capital
Jed Stremel, Director of Mobile at Facebook (replacing Joe Hewitt)
Guy Ben-Artzi, Founder of Real Dice and CEO of Mytopia
Jason Devitt, CEO of Skydeck
Gannon Hall, CMO of Kyte
Sam Altman, CEO of Loopt
Marc Davis, chief scientists of Yahoo’s mobile group
Omar Hamoui, CEO of AdMob
Richard Wong, partner at Accel
Andreas Weigend, people & data (former chief scientist, Amazon)
Tatsuki Tomita, SVP of Consumer Product, Opera
Mike Rowehl, chief architect, SkyFire
Mary Ann Cotter, CEO, Cooking Capsules
John Faith , GM and VP of Mobile for MySpace

[Via TechCrunch]