Charlie O'Donnell has an eHub Temper Tantrum

Anyone looking for a quick snapshot on some
of the cool Web 2.0 applications coming out of the woodwork has
to visit Emily Chang's eHub on a regular basis. It has become the
place to go to see what developers are trying to do – some of the
applications are useful and worth using while others are
interesting if only to see how the Web is trying to be used these days
to deliver services. It is rather puzzling, therefore, to see Union
Square Ventures analyst Charlie O'Donnell slam eHub so
critically and publicly. In what can only be described as an online
temper tantrum, O'Donnell complains eHub fails to meet his
needs as a VC analyst because it's not giving him insight
into how to find the next big thing. Here's an excerpt from his
“I looked at [eHub] today, like I did
everyday, and yet again, I couldn't find anything that not only solved
a problem for me, but solved a problem for thousands or millions of
people in a way that anyone who didn't know what Ruby, RSS, or open
source was would adopt.”
To paraphrase the old Starkist canned tuna commercial -
“Sorry, Charlie”. Sorry to let you know eHub isn't an ideas pipeline
for VCs anxious not to miss the next big thing. eHub was not
created to solely showcase Web-based services with huge commercial and
investment potential. Instead, it's a window to the world of Web 2.0 to
demonstrate what's possible and how new services can be efficiently and
effectively distributed to millions of potential users. It's strange
that an analyst for VC, who needs to immerse himself in new thoughts
and ideas, would diss a valuable resource that does much of the surfing
work for you. To dismiss Emily's blog so publicly and critically -
without offering any constructive criticism – is unfair and off base
unless his “motivations” were to get noticed. While
I don't disagree with O'Donnell's focus on business-disruptive
applications that, hopefully, provide investors with huge returns,
I have a problem with his inability to appreciate eHub's role in
the Web-ecosystem. If it makes you feel better, Charlie, go ahead and
unsubscribe from eHub. It will leave Emily with only
1865 Feedburner subscribers – more than four times your total, by the
At the very least, perhaps Union Square managing partner Fred Wilson should have a chat with O'Donnell about blog-etiquette.
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  • Charlie

    Could you make it anymore difficult to post a comment? What's with all this sign-in stuff?
    Anyway, how come you didn't include what I wrote directly about Emily? “Emily Chang is a slick designer and an even savvier businesswoman.”
    The point of my rant was that its not a VC deal generator, and a lot of people, like myself, looked at it that way. We shouldn't be looking at it that way, but that doesn't make it a bad resource at all.
    I made a few adjustments to the post to help make my point clearer, since a few people had reactions that didn't fit what I was trying to get at.