Skype reduces an micro-multinationals phone bills to a very large extent. But if someone isn’t at their computer, you still have to call them (and pay for the international call).
Voipbuster is a web-based service that solves this problem.
Rashmi was quoted in a recent New York Times article on how collaboration technology is revolutionizing small businesses. The “micro-multinational” (buzzword for startups with offices in two or more companies) simply wouldn’t exist without the internet, VOIP, and collaboration tools (skype, basecamp, webex/gotomeeting, etc).
I particularly like the article’s emphasis on how entrepreneurs are better positioned to work with foreign labor, because they are willing to put up with the headaches (staying up all night talking on skype) and have connections in the country where the work is taking place (something that is crucial to hiring the right people and having the trust necessary to operate remotely).
AJAX and rich clients are indeed intimately related, contrary to what some people say. And it’s not just that they sprang up at the same time, in the same companies, and are therefore associated with each other.
Stewart Butterfield brought this point home at the BayCHI Web 2.0 panel. The following is a transcription [via] from the podcast of the event:
My recent post on how web 2.0 is very open until you try to make money by remixing got some interesting responses, including an excellent comment by Paulo Eduardo Neves.
They should just put a price tag in it. Something like: if you are making money from this API, you’d have to pay US$0.0001 per access. At least somebody would be able to make a business plan before starting to code.
If Web 2.0 is all about openness, then it’s time we have transparant pricing. Old school players like eBay have transparent pricing. The web 2.0 companies that talk about openness all the time owe us developers a transparent pricing model!
How about it, Technorati? Do you really want us to remix? Let us know the price tag for commercial API access before we start to code!