Host Leo Laporte and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Scoble" title="wikipedia">Robert Scoble</a> talk with Rose about how much easier it is to get stuff done now.
Kevin Rose: If you wanted to start a company back in 2000 it was a lot more difficult than it is today. You’d actually have to go out and buy dedicated servers, and there was no Amazon S3. There was no EC2. To get an idea off the ground today (or even just a few years ago) over this last decade the barrier to entry has been lowered quite a bit, to where if you have something new you want to explore it really is a couple thousand dollars to get something off the ground and launch it.
Leo Laporte: That’s a really good point, that’s completely changed everything hasn’t it?
Kevin Rose: Absolutely, especially the way that we scale websites. It was really difficult back in the day. And the fact that you can go and just launch new server instances in milliseconds depending on what the load is of your current site, based on EC2 — it’s just so much easier than it was even just a few years ago.
Robert Scoble: what I was putting up on screen right here was a Twitter room, or Twitter list, of a bunch of people who are covering the Iranian protests. This was pretty difficult to do even a year ago. And now we can see 346 people, all who are covering the Iranian protests, most of whom are actually in Iran. It’s pretty amazing that we can connect to each other this way.