GeekWire Podcast: Fb fallout; Seattle’s standing as ‘Cloud City’; testing SpaceX Starlink

Seattle angel investor Charles Fitzgerald, pictured right here on the 2019 GeekWire Cloud Summit, is our visitor commentator on this week’s GeekWire Podcast. (GeekWire Photograph / Kevin Lisota)

This week on the GeekWire Podcast: How the antitrust case against Facebook may impression the remainder of the tech business; the state of Seattle as “Cloud City”; and first impressions of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite tv for pc broadband service from a person of the corporate’s “Better Than Nothing Beta.”

Our visitor commentator this week is Seattle-area angel investor Charles Fitzgerald, co-organizer of the Cloud City Meetup and a tech business veteran who labored in product administration and platform technique with corporations together with Microsoft, Mozy and VMware. He blogs at

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Fb antitrust case: We focus on the Federal Commerce Fee and 48 states seeking to break up the social media giant by means of a pressured spin-off of WhatsApp and Instagram.

The case has a “double jeopardy feel to it,” mentioned Fitzgerald, who was at Microsoft throughout its antitrust period. The end result may impression the M&A market even past the tech business if the federal government begins going again years after the very fact, looking for to undo offers that had been allowed to proceed.

Fitzgerald final yr proposed an alternative antitrust remedy for Fb: turning the underlying social graph right into a regulated utility, and making it obtainable to be used by different corporations.

“It doesn’t lend itself to sound bites that you can do on cable TV, so it’s probably not going to happen,” Fitzgerald mentioned. “But the better approach in my mind would be to expose that Facebook social graph via an API that allows anybody to effectively bootstrap on that graph.”

State of Cloud Metropolis: The cloud business within the Seattle area stays sturdy, Fitzgerald says, from the giants resembling Amazon, Microsoft and Google to smaller cloud startups. Whilst distant engineering facilities come and go, the technical expertise is sticking round.

“I think it’s firing on all cylinders,” he mentioned. “We’re really getting to a breadth and depth that hopefully is self-sustaining and continues to grow over the course of the next decade or so.”

On the Cloud Metropolis Meetup this week, visitor speaker Bob Muglia, the previous Snowflake CEO and Microsoft Server & Instruments chief, mentioned a key pattern he sees proper now’s the rise of apps that use information together with predictive analytics to behave autonomously on behalf of companies.

“A giant a part of the story at present is the instruments and the techniques and the infrastructure to construct the information apps sucks. It’s horrible,” Muglia mentioned on the occasion. “Today, it’s super, super nascent to do this. And one of the changes I see happening in the next three years is the maturation of the infrastructure.”

SpaceX Starlink: Fitzgerald has been attempting the Starlink satellite tv for pc broadband service, developed in Redmond by the Elon Musk firm. Fitzgerald is a fan to date, calling it “amazing.” He goes into extra element within the third section of the present. Starlink was within the information this week for landing $885.5 million in federal subsidies for rural broadband entry.

Trivia Contest: We wrap up with the reply to our trivia query from final week: what does Slack stand for as an acronym? The reply: “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge.” Congrats to our winner, Lily Dias, chosen at random from the pool of appropriate solutions, who will obtain a GeekWire masks as a prize. We’ll have a brand new trivia query on subsequent week’s present.

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