It is with great pleasure that we all reassembled earlier today to relaunch The Gillmor Gang in its new home on the TechCrunch Network. Ever since Mike Arrington came over with Keith Teare at a Gnomedex (which one I don’t remember clearly but then again…) and introduced himself, I’ve watched him grow a passion in blogging into a media empire. Even though we haven’t spent a lot of time together in recent days – who has except Charlie Rose – I have always sensed the same kind of feeling for what he does that I’ve felt in the Gang.
Today brought together some great folks in celebration: Doug Kaye, who produced the original version of the show on his IT Conversations network; Dan Bricklin, co-inventor of the spreadsheet and the last guest on that first iteration; author Nick Carr, who quit the latest version (The Gang) in a fit of what he calls “permanent pique,” and the regulars, thankfully including Doc Searls who’s recovering from a serious blood clot in the lung; Hugh MacLeod who’s recovering from premature deletion in the Twittersphere; CNET News.com czar Dan Farber; Ziff Davis Enterprise czar Mike Vizard; media analyst Sam Whitmore; enterprise analyst Dana Gardner; everyone’s Friend Robert Scoble at $2.50 a minute over the Atlantic, and Jason Calacanis, about whom nothing can be said that’s an exaggeration.
The Gillmor Gang came about as a result of a series of phone calls I had (and continue to have somewhat less frequently) with Jon Udell, where I kept wishing we could share what we were talking about with the rest of the community interested in these momentous applications of technology to extend ourselves in the virtual world. Like all conversations, there’s insight, anger, humor, boredom (Arrington bails at the 44 minute mark today), and above all else a sense that we’re dropping breadcrumbs for others to pick up and carry forward.
The sound may suck, the egos may clash, the length… whatever. So far we keep coming back for more, and I’m grateful not just to Mike and TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde for making this alliance possible but every Gang member at both ends of the conversation. One thing I am retiring on this new show: … “if there is a next time.” There will always be a next time if we have anything to say about it.