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I agree that AB isn't a great app. It's got APIs and some of the things mentioned below sit on top of it ... but actually try and do a bunch of other things as well.
I don't really "use" Address Book -- it's just a local sync point to other sources of data. Most notably, Google Contacts, which syncs acroos to Batchbook (social CRM -- sort of like Gist, but more CRM focused than info focused).
Talking about live connects and so on makes me think BB or Gist could make a desktop client and do really well on the Mac.
So ... why go to university?
Our academic institutions need a refresh and a kick in the pants.
If straight out of university is the best place to get more of them, then great, but I have yet to be convinced of that _in Canada_. The schools with co-op programs seem to do the best job of preparing students to be entrepreneurs (because they learn by doing directly in industry). I have yet to interact with students from any other program that seem to have the requisite skillset or fire in their belly to become an entrepreneur. And, even in the co-op program, the best students are heavily courted by the big companies, making it hard to say no to the man and go it alone.
I say, go work for the man for a couple of years, fill up that bank account and your rolodex, and THEN do a startup. In Canada, doing it straight out of school with the current financing and mentorship climate, simply isn't a smart thing to do.
Yes, we are in global competition for entrepreneurs. I asked Stewart Butterfield why he was starting his new company here, and his answer was, in essence, "because I like living here". I am actually completely OK with that as a competitive advantage for our region!
Can we agree that we want a more "knowledge based" economy in Vancouver / BC / Canada? If yes, then we need more startups starting in Canada. I'm happy to welcome startups with great teams and ideas wherever they're coming from.
You and I have talked about more tech focused events - I'm trying to fit a DemoCamp in with heavy tech presentations. Want to help source some?
I think Startup Drinks (Jan 2010) will be a good opportunity to meet the next group.