Today’s web is being defined more than ever by buzz words, catch phrases, fads and trends. Startups are being cre ated for star tups sake, stan dards are being hijacked by so-called “social media gurus,” and investors are pil ing on one after another look ing to hop on the next big wave. And we, the design ers, devel op ers and inno va tors actu ally build ing the web, are left to won der if we’re still in the dri vers seat.
During this brisk dis cus sion we’ll sep a rate fads from the future, debate native apps ver sus the mobile web, take an hon est look at the hype behind geo-location, then take a step back to ask our selves where the web—and we ourselves—are going. Hold on, it’s going to be a wild ride!
Josh Williams is CEO and co-founder of Gowalla, a mobile and Web service that gives people around the world a new way to communicate and express themselves through the everyday places and extraordinary settings they enjoy. Gowalla empowers everyone to capture and share their journey as they go while following the happenings of family and friends. Josh is responsible for building and growing the business while leading the product design team. Gowalla was launched in 2009 and is backed by notable investors including Greylock Partners, Alsop-Louie Partners, Founders Fund, and other prominent angel investors. Josh is a self-taught designer and artist who has been creating online for over 15 years. Josh loves mid-century modern design, architecture, skiing, snowboarding and longboarding. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two young daughters.