This is a hilarious, and touching story. In this day and age, there are a lot of virtual meet ups. Google Hangouts, Skype, and other virtual ways are used to connect us. At the University of Illinois this week, I met one of the inventors of Oculus Rift. There is more virtual reality coming that will blow us away.
Innovation doesn’t happen until you share your idea. There is something about being present that makes it different. Last night, I was at a bar and randomly started speaking to a couple next to me. It turned out, I was speaking with Kerry Bartell who is against AirBnb. I am for AirBnb, and think that if you use the principles of Ronald Coase, AirBnb can increase the value of property.
We didn’t solve the world’s problems in our short conversation. But, my thoughts were met with honest and thoughtful objection. We had interaction. Immediate reaction, and body language.
Currently that happens best when we are physically present. When it’s virtual, it’s too easy to miss cues and be dismissive. Anyone that has been on a conference call will agree with me.