I cannot believe it. Just two years after Cisco bought the startup company that created the Flip Video – the most popular video camera in America – they’ve decided to kill it as a product.
My mother-in-law (who obviously has too much time on her hands) just sent me a link to an article on Yahoo Finance News that recounts this tale of woe (Click Here to see this article).
She knew I would be interested because she knows how much I love my own Flip Video camera that my wife (Gina The Gorgeous) gave me as a Christmas present a couple of years ago. I carry it with me everywhere and often email small video snippets of what’s going on in my life to my dear old mom in England. I also use it to take little videos of “stuff” that I subsequently upload to YouTube, such as This Clip I filmed a couple of months ago about a Pico Projector.
This news blows me away. I cannot wrap my brain around it. I’m not altogether sure why Cisco purchased the Flip company in the first place. But once they had taken the plunge, there were all sorts of things that they could have done with it, like giving it a wireless interface, for example.
And then I think to myself: “OK, Cisco messed up. They are a humongous company that just happened to drop the ball with this one.” But then I say to myself: “But the Flip Video is THE MOST POPULAR VIDEO CAMERA IN AMERICA!!!” (Yes, I know I’m shouting; I’m sorry.)
The thing is, if the plonkers who are running Cisco (and I use the word “running” with a wry expression on my face) feel that they are incapable of doing anything useful with the Flip, then why do they have to close it down? Why not sell it to someone else with half a brain who can pick the ball up and run with it?
There is much gnashing of teeth and rending of garb in my office at the moment, let me tell you!