…Thinking About YubNub and a GUI IOS…

Ever since I learned about YubNub from Nivi’s post two months ago, my head has been spinning about the potential power of this tool. If you’re not familiar, YubNub is a “command line for the web.” Further described, “YubNub is an outsourced OS. YubNub is an operating system web service. YubNub is a web service for developing web services.”

I’ve been hesitant to post about it, though, as I still trying to grasp and digest what the ramifications of this structure truly means. It appears to me that YubNub is a meta-control tool of what Jim Moore calls “web superservices”, operating on level five of his “web superservices solution stack.” Though I am having trouble translating this theoretical classification into something that is tangible and useful in the immediate-term. It’s good to see that Paul Kedrosky has found some practical use-cases of the service. I’ll have to really dig in myself to understand it, but my intuition tells me that there is something extremely compelling here.

(Also, YubNub’s the command line interface has a very MS-DOS prompt feel to me… perhaps the next generation of incremental innovation wraps an AJAX-enabled user interface around the service to really give the layman a true GUI Internet Operating System?)

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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