Dave, don't be so sure. Linus Torvalds lives in the valley now and many of the folks here at Microsoft believe that Linux (and the free software movement) represents our biggest competitor.
And: "My team will be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on market research this year, and finding a company or an individual analyst that I trusted would help me in finding partners to work with (the marketing angle)."
Oh, Simon, blogging in a frameset is a HUGE no no. I hate frames.
On the other hand, I cringe everytime I hear someone say that I'm part of some sort of "inner circle," though. I only have a small fraction of the traffic that Orlowski has at the Register, or Dave has at Scripting.com, or Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.com has.
Weblogging is a lot bigger than just the folks I track here. But, I'm honored that Simon thinks of me as some sort of inner circle. I think that and about $3 will get me a latte at Starbucks.
Simon Phipps asks: "How does one break into the 'inner circle' of weblogs?"
Well, asking the question just got Simon 18 readers. For whatever that's worth.
Ted Leung did a nice writeup of last night's weblogger dinner in Seattle.
Jupiter Analyst/weblogger Robert Leathern says I was flaming his collegue. Just so I can be seen as an equal opportunity flamer, here's a flame for Robert: where the hell are the permalinks on the Jupiter weblogs?