TaskRabbit was once a quaint company with a reasonable ambition of connecting people who had spare time with paid errands. Then it went to Silicon Valley and was respun as “revolutionary.” But does it help?
Large open-source projects like Hadoop can easily become fragmented by commercial interests. Those of us who have built our companies on this project need to unify our cause. We need data artists, not data scientists, who can help Hadoop evolve into the next Linux--not the next Unix.