Why Skype is Important
At VON in Boston last week, Lou Guercia of Unyte asked “Why Skype is Important”. He presents a compelling business case for Working with Skype. At the same time, Lou’s colleague, Gershon Goren, was at the Tallinn beta testers days to keep on track with API development. Gershon said
“now I start to understand the roots of Skype’s success – [Tallinn is a] great creative environment”
– another reason why Skype is important. A third reason why Skype is important is because it is founded on sharing a revolutionary technology that allows the whole world to talk for free. The beta days brought together people who share with Skype; beta testers, translators, and developers who give their time and talent to improve and enhance the Skype experience. Sharing is good.
]]>The developer strand at the beta days included formal sessions on roadmaps, the forthcoming plug-in framework, Skype for Business, components, and the Skype4Java API. As usual, it was the question and answer sessions that proved most valuable. There was criticism but it was constructive and we explored ways to resolve our issues. There were also great ideas and innovative contributions. And there were valuable networking opportunities in the evening, both with developers and people in Skype.
Developers came from as far afield as Argentina, USA, Taiwan, Israel, and various points in Europe to share their knowledge and learn from us and each other. Their products and focus range from visual expression to collaboration to IVR and conference calling.
For me, these community get togethers are the best of times in Skype. People who are in daily communication in group chats get to meet each other in person – this is such a buzz. You already have so much in common there is no need for ice-breakers, it’s like meeting old friends. The bleeding edge can be a lonely and scary place; meeting and collaborating with the Skype developer community stimulates creativity and provides reinforcement and strength.
International gatherings cost time and money – for attendants and for Skype. None of us can afford to have as many of them as we’d like. We are working on other ways to enrich communication in our community – newsletter coming soon, Skypecasts, conference calls, wiki.
If you can suggest useful ways to enrich networking in our community, please let us know.