Is the tech industry bubbling with froth or at the beginning stages of a wearable and cloud-computing revolution?
It's a fun debate, one that comes up with regularity at start-up parties, investor conferences and even on our own network. The reality is that certain markets that are raging hot today will eventually fizzle, laying waste to millions of venture dollars, while other bets that seem crazy now will explode, perhaps turning into the next Microsoft or Google.
CNBC officially opened its San Francisco bureau (dubbed CNBC@1Market) last week, and amid the festivities, brought tech entrepreneurs and investors into its studio to sit on the hot seat.
We asked them things like, "If a $1 billion start-up is a unicorn, what happens at $10 billion valuation?" And "If you could ask Jeff Bezos one question, what would it be?"
We also wanted to know, in this environment, what technologies they view as overhyped and underhyped.
"Periscope is overhyped today," said Rory Eakin, co-founder of equity crowdfunding site CircleUp. "I feel live video is not something that's particularly interesting."
Eakin's comments came just after Twitter announced that its Periscope service reached 1 million users in its first 10 days, surpassing Meerkat, which debuted to plenty of hype at South by Southwest in March.