I ran into an interesting post here on the Tiger Blog that commented on the nPost startup event last week that I also attended. I naturally tried to check out who wrote the post, but I got the internet version of the runaround – lots of about pages, but no info.
The author is apparently:
- A former Zillow employee
- Who is working on a stealth startup named Eggsprout
- and whose initials might be BMA
I don’t know about you, but it bugs me when I can’t figure out the person behind the post. 10 or 15 years ago, anonymity – in the form of handles, nicks, anonymizers, etc. — were all the rage, but the internet has matured enough that anonymous posts / comments are now the exception, rather than the norm, among polite company.
Over on FriendFeed, Robert Scoble’s #1 change request for the internet is No Anonymity. I like to poke fun at Robert, but I admire him a lot and I think he’s right on with this one – with one important caveat. And that is – if you’re in a dissident / whistleblower situation where you are in jeapordy in real life, then by all means I think that anonymity is crucial.
However, the run-of-the-mill “I went to this networking event and met up with a lot of cool people” posts deserve a name and a face.
I think it’s ironic that BMA has authored a post titled 10 great startup tips. Tip #9? Be transparent.
What do you think about anonymity?