Sign of the times
Mr. Allen is not retiring from his consulting job. He is merely retiring from the business travel grind. And I hope the travel industry is paying attention because a new era is dawning. Cheap technology is part of the reason, along with a profound weariness with the chronic indignities, inconveniences and expenses of air travel.
Last year, Mr. Allen and a small group of other road-weary consultants he knows from all over the country formed an informal network linked mostly by videoconferencing technology. They were enabled by the proliferation of cheap (and sometimes even free) social networking tools — wikis, podcasts, and computer video and teleconferencing systems like Skype and ooV00.