Yesterday I went to the lecture of Mr. Joichi Ito at the Sofia University.
It was very interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it is an event to see a person like Ito in Bulgaria, talking openly to people about the philosophical part of the Web (the Web 2.0 in particular). Secondly, the presentation itself was capturing for Ito explained to the public about his entrepreneurship experience as an Internet entrepreneur.
The later part was the one of more interest to me because right now in Bulgaria the Internet market is what has used to be in the States a couple of years ago, at the very late stage of the so-called Web 1.0. So pretty much if you have followed the trend then, you would most probably guess what’s to happen here in Bulgaria anytime soon. In here also the long disputed question about IPR in Bulgaria. (Ito is member of the Board of Creative Commons – the organization that issues copyright licenses, under one of which – the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 – this blog is published). Ito mentioned that in the context of open source and the very philosophical ideas that underlie this (great in my opinion) concept of having the freedom to share your work.
Today Mr. Ito spoke on a business luncheon, hosted by the AmCham.
Mr. Ito touched on the topics that he spoke the previous day, but in a more „business“ style. The Q&A session after the lecture was interesting because it was interesting to hear what the business people have on their mind in relation to the development of the Internet, the open source philosophy and its application to business, as well as what might the new virtual business culture would be in the near future.
Some of the follow ups of Mr. Ito’s visit to Bulgaria can be found on Veni Markovski’s blog, as well as what Elenko and Yovko wrote. I hope that more people like Ito come to Bulgaria, to make clear to more people that the open source, as philosophy and in general, is a concept that the commons in Bulgaria should accept.