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Where’d I go? It’s time for WebRTC to shift

Chris KoehnckeChris Koehncke


I’ve had no recent blog posts. Why not? To quote Victor Pascual, “75% of blog posts I’ve read today on #WebRTC are saying nothing.” Indeed, I don’t want to fall victim either.

At a recent WebRTC London event, I endured two days of nothingness as speaker after speaker talked around the topic, comforted by digressing into techno speak. At the back of the room I lamented that I was trying to sell email to the post office with the group present (no disrespect but lead, follow or get out of the way).

A man of action. I’ve taken action.

Number 1: I’ve packed up my house (and chopsticks) and departed my Hong Kong home of nearly 3 years. Asia is no more. And as I write, the Hyde-Powell cable car in San Francisco goes clanking by 50 meters from my living room window. I’m in California, baby. Ground zero for application innovation and I’m here to make a difference.

Number 2: Myself along with the more popular, Tsahi Levent-Levi @bloggeekme are looking to change the game, the message and the intent. It’s about application. It’s about how communications is changing. How we will collaborate, share, understand and make progress. It’s about increasing productivity with improved communication. It’s about what the web will be like in 10 years. It’s not about worrying with lawful intercept and whether the PSTN lives or dies.

To do that, we need to engage a new audience, one who isn’t embroiled in the past, trying to connect AC to DC. The broader HTML5 development community. It’s a deeper ocean to be swimming around in, with unknown currents and strange looking fishies. But it’s here we will find innovation. People looking to change the world.

So expect to see a shift in the types of posts and my own actions as I become a spice merchant looking to flavor dishes with a dash of WebRTC.


Comments 6
  • Tsahi Levent-Levi
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    Tsahi Levent-Levi Tsahi Levent-Levi


    Would have been nice to get notified on this one 🙂
    There are some interesting announcements coming up, and a few other activities and projects in the pipeline. This post of yours now means I need to actually deliver on the things we’ve been thinking about recently…

  • Alan Quayle
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    Alan Quayle Alan Quayle


    Congrats Chris,

    From the frying pan into the fire?

    In moving to the Bay Area, does that mean you’ll be adopting all the BABS (Bay Area BS)? Such as WebRTC changes everything, mobile first (even though most of us spend most of our time using PCs and mobile UIs are crap compared to the PC experience of almost every bloody web site out there, Big Data, Social everything, the death of privacy, IoT, smart bracelets (sorry watches), hurling abuse at the Google buses, and every other hard-arsed idea out there to create inflated valuations and exit before real business needs is generated 😉

  • Arin Sime
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    Arin Sime Arin Sime


    Hooray for Bay Area BS and the rise of web development! Well maybe not the BS, but I do think it’s a very positive thing for WebRTC that more of us are approaching it from a web developers perspective rather than a telco perspective. This certainly changes the discussion but opens up a ton of creative possibilities. I think your plan is smart Chris!

  • Lawrence Byrd
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    Lawrence Byrd Lawrence Byrd


    Welcome to California! Let me know if I can buy you lunch some time.I completely agree with you (and maybe Tsahi too :)) that it’s all about the applications – the whole point of WebRTC is to commoditize rich real-time web/mobile communications so that it is NOT the obstacle or important thing. Which means that real application value has to come from what surrounds it, not from the fact it uses WebRTC – of COURSE it uses as much or as little WebRTC as it needs!

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