I, along with a couple hundred other people, are here at iPhone DevCamp. In his post Why Microsoft outplays Apple long term, Scoble blogged about this event, and he got some points wrong and some right, imo:
OK, let me set the scene here. Three weeks ago this event didn’t exist. 300 developers are here in San Francisco. All voluntarily. All organized themselves.
I’ve already met a Microsoft employee. A Yahoo employee. A Verisign employee.
But where’s the Apple employees?
That part, he’s dead right about.
If this were a Microsoft event the evangelism team would be here in force with T-shirts, stickers, free dev tools, tons of geeks who could help people figure out technical issues, and more.
Yes, and no. For one, this isn’t an Apple event, and thinking about it that way will lead you to some incorrect conclusions. But another way of looking at it is to go back to my post from January 2006, Apple doesn’t, Microsoft might:
2. I ran the Dashboard Developer BOF at Macworld Expo earlier this month.
- Number of Apple employees who attended: 1.
- Number of Microsoft programmers from the Redmond campus who work on Windows who attended: 3.
Y’know, it’s got nothing to do with whether it’s an Apple event or not. Partly it has to do with control issues, and partly it’s got to do with whether or not a company wants to hear what its customers think.
And yes, this is the same issue that I blogged about in January 2007 in Apple, Hire Me. My opinion hasn’t changed; Apple needs someone, anyone, to at least attend these events.
John Dowdell is also here, and wrote about Corporate honesty:
Earlier today there were two Apple employees listed on [the BarCamp iPhone attendee list]. Now I see only one, and that one I’m not sure is real. But then I’ve heard reports of additional Apple employees here, not divulging their actual affiliation. That’s just plain weird, and has changed my perception of the entire company. It ain’t right.
Current count of Apple employees on the attendees list: zero. Current count of Apple employees I’ve talked to here: two (so far). I’m fairly sure there are several more I haven’t yet met.