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October 25, 2007
1:30 PM -- I've seen the future of mobile content, and it's a lot of people that used to be at Phone.com.
Seriously, I met four or five startups last night that had some connection with the company now known as Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV) They were either started or staffed by former employees of the phone software company.
Now, part of that may have been down to the Californian location or the timing, but it was striking all the same. Phone.com is apparently The Velvet Underground of the mobile world; few made much money out of it at the time, but it inspired a lot of people to go out and do their own thing. Oh, and there sure are a lot of people trying to create the mobile version of YouTube Inc. , but more on that when I get to it.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung
Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.
But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."
His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.
He lives in Brooklyn with cats.
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