March 10th, 2007
Yesterday’s mention (Thanks, Mike!) officially counts as the second time we’ve been TechCrunched. Even if on somewhat a smaller scale, what to say about it? Don’t let anyone fool you — it’s a whole lot of fun.
Here’s a geographical representation of some of the people who’ve signed up to participate in Waxxi’s interactive podcast with Jimmy Wales, on April 5th:
- Perth, Australia
- Reykjavik, Iceland (!)
- London, UK
- Dublin, Ireland
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Wellington, New Zealand
Canada: Montreal, Toronto
China: Beijing, Ningbo
India: Mangalore, Nepal
US: New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; West Hollywood, CA; Ellington, CT; Artlington, VA; Menomonie, WI; Vista, CA; Belchertown, MA; West Lafayette, IN; Wilmington, DE; Stonemountain, FL; El Segundo, CA; Reston, VA; Potomac, MD; Greenwich, CT; University Heights, OH
If you’d like to register, go here (but we’re rapidly running out of space, so hurry!) And, thanks to everyone who signed up to be a part of the conversation. Talk to you soon.
March 10th, 2007
In a report from Tokyo yesterday, Reuters declared, “the online collaboration responsible for Wikipedia plans to build a search engine to rival those of Google Inc. and Yahoo, Inc.”
Jimmy Wales came out, fully loaded, with some fighting words — or about as peaceful as fighting words can get:
The idea that Google has some edge because they’ve got super-duper rocket scientists may be a little antiquated now.
He went on to describe Google and Yahoo! as “black boxes” that won’t reveal how they rank search results. And, that collaborative search technology could transform the structure of the Internet.
…users could work together to improve search engines, just as Wikipedia users had tweaked and rewritten articles on the sprawling encyclopedia.
Wikia as a whole hosts collaborative community publishing sites, and is supported by advertising. Examples of some of these communities include 24, the Muppet Wiki (one of Jimmy’s favorites), and the currently featured collaboration, Gears of War.
March 5th, 2007
After having spent the majority of my time in NYC over the past months, I’ve experienced some impressive conferences, talks, Meetups and gatherings. One such gathering, held at a three story penthouse in Tribeca, was dubbed the Founder’s Club. Or,
…a group of NYC Internet founders and CEOs promoting the start-up spirit in Silicon Alley.
It was nice meeting blip.tv’s Dina Kaplan, Fast Company’s Michael Prospero and artist Scott Draves, a highly regarded geek artiste whose work adorns the walls of Google’s Mountainview HQ. Scott recently moved his life from San Francisco to NYC to make it all happen. I told him that I could relate to that, firsthand (although I’m originally from the East coast, and he’s not).
A few other organizations, and their leaders/evangelists, I chatted up:
Ventbox’s Nate Westheimer
Ventbox is, as you might guess, a place to vent on the web. But it’s more than that – it’s social ranting, if you will. Nate, aka VentMan, sees many other applications for the service, particularly within corporations (don’t employees like to vent?). I told him it’s a pretty cool knowledge management tool he’s got on his hands. Nate wins best dressed founder of the evening, simply because he was the only 20-something (or any age, actually) that showed up in a bow tie. And, it worked.
Noel ‘NoNeck‘ Hidago
What to say about Noel Hidago, other than once you meet him, it’s not likely you’ll forget him. Filled with passion (and I mean cup-runneth-over filled not just to-the-brim filled), Noel will speak quite intelligently – yet not without flair – about technology and culture, politics and co-working, entrepreneurship and unconferencing. His latest project, called the Luck of Seven, is an “open source, around the world project” where:
…for seven months, he will traverse the seven continents, dive into the seven oceans, and attempt to visit the seven ancient wonders of the world. Using a wiki, noneck will harness the collective knowledge of the globe, and report weekly on seven topics of freedom. Before he leaves, he is fundraising US$11.11 from 700 global residents.
Trickle Up’s Jesse Greendyk
Trickle Up is a non-profit which has been around, for 27 years to be precise. Jesse explained the core focus of the organization, microfinancing the world’s lowest income, would-be entrepreneurs, giving them their ‘first steps out of poverty.’ They do this by
… providing conditional seed capital, business training, and relevant support services essential to the launch or expansion of a microenterprise. This proven social and economic empowerment model is implemented in partnership with local agencies.
What’s happening in the NY Tech sector is worth paying attention to. Observationally speaking, it’s a rumble of energy, passion and power that, I believe, is on the verge of erupting.
[originally blogged over here, thought it was worth repeating, here.]