Your host, Vincent Lauria
Last night’s Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup was definitely the biggest yet.
Vincent “Vinnie” Lauria again took center stage to welcome guests, which included VCs, engineers, programmers, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and plenty of CEOs.
The evening’s lineup included four up-and-coming Web startups, some more well known than others (and maybe one that really isn’t a startup per se). And interestingly enough, all seem to have found their niche for creating a loyal customer-base.
It’s true, throughout the rise of everything “two point oh,” O’Reilly is not only leading a movement, but is also learning many things along the way, such as, there’s money to be made from new Web duex companies, when they themselves have yet to figure out how to generate significant revenue, and, that sometimes bad publicity can have major “net” results…sorry, had to fit in the pun.
I will be attending both NewTech meetups this week. Stop by and say hello!
Silicon Valley Tuesday, September 5, 2006, 7:00 PM
- Video Egg – Video publishing over easy! [Joe Hurd]
- Boompa – Your garage online! [Ethan Lance and Dave Snider]
- Zazzle – Buy, sell and create custom products [Jeff Beaver]
San Francisco Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 7:00 PM
- Yousendit – Khalid Shaikh on how to send BIG email files with ease.
Ok, it’s definitely not CrunchGear , but it’s still a fun extension of PR2.0 and my work at FutureWorks PR.
I’ve always had a passion for gadgets and new technology and have been recently featured in Entrepreneur, San Jose Business Journal, Tech Web, AP, among others over the years, for how I use technology in business.
What a last couple of days….sorry to report on this so late, but, as always, you will get one helluva a report!
For all of you SiliconBeat readers, you may have found this message…
And for you others, you may have read at SiliconBeat, Valleywag, Stowe Boyd’s Message, among many others…VentureBeat recently launched, and then crashed amidst the linking frenzy that ensued…but has emerged as a bonafide resource for Venture-related deals and companies worth tracking in and around Silicon Valley.
Today I spent my day at the SocialMediaClub HQ working on the official announcement for the working group dedicated to developing a new, social media aware standard for press releases.
This is exciting stuff and I really believe that this is the sign of many new things to come that will (and already is) fundementally changing the PR industry and its targets.
For those of you not going to Burning Man or spending the long weekend catching up on blog posts, consider heading up to wine country this holiday weekend. No, not that that wine country, the other one. I can’t even say that, there are way too many wine country regions around here, so I better be a bit more specific.
Livermore Valley is hosting its annual Harvest Wine Celebration, and this one appears to be the grandest yet.
Last month at STIRR, I was introduced to YouSendIt, “the leader in file delivery.” It’s an interesting service that allows anyone to send large files, securely, to contacts through email, bypassing any filters or limits set in place by admins on other side of the firewall.
For a couple of years, I’ve used a similar service from Dropload – basically, when I needed to send files in excess of 5-10MB.
I wrote that headline and realized that readers could interpret it as either monthly revenue or subscribers. Well, according to Feedburner, TechCrunch hit 100k readers right on the money – literally. And, take a look at Technorati’s numbers…Techcrunch, Rank: 8 (43,393 links from 12,110 blogs).
While the number may read 100k, I believe that TechCrunch has had a much bigger impact than Feedburner or Technorati numbers can represent here.
With all of the hype and buzz around free WiFi and big investments in companies trying to bring free connectivity to a neighborood near you, including venture-funded Fon, Google’s new service for Mountain View residents and employees and Wireless Silicon Valley…one company is taking a different approach. They are making Wifi earn money for you!
Founded by David Sidrane and Rob Harding, WifiTastic officially introduced its public BETA program recently. Unlike the others, WifiTastic enables any broadband subscriber to create a revenue generating hotspot, providing high speed, wireless internet access to users of WiFi-ready laptops, PCs, Macs, and PDAs. In a sense, it’s a one stop shop package to seamlessly resell shared access to the Web.
Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research firm focused on disruptive technology. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. Solis is also globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. His new book, What's the Future of Business (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. Prior to End of Business, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.