My last chat with Steve Gillmor left me a little sad because, it seemed to me, he was fighting the world, trying to drag it to where he thinks it should go. I find myself all to often in that position so I felt sympathy. What is worse, his profession didn't jive with his ambition.
But it looks like he is, or at least attempting to, escape from that frame of mind. So hurrah for Steve. In my view, Steve's best role is to be the bouncing surface for the technical world because I think his intellect, wisdom, and opinions can make anything interesting.