Great little set of web 2.0 demos Tue night at the offices of DLA Piper in Palo Alto. I can't say too much for the technical quality or presentation skills--one fellow seemed to just start in the middle of his presentation; the screen was hard to see from the back, each had only five minutes (except Guy) to give their spill and so on. But the content and demos were very cool. And when you're getting this for "free," it's hard to complain (unless you're a speechwriter).
Guy Kawasaki was the star attraction. The former Apple evangelist showed off his Truemors site, a sort of Digg like site on steroids that allows users to post various kinds of material, ranging from National Enquirer level stories like "woman found with pencil in head after 55 years" to studies on "why your teen is tired" to real news (the latest YouTube lawsuit).
Guy explained that he launched the site because he got tired of sitting behind the desk and rejecting 49 out of 50 venture capital deals coming his way (his day job is still venture capitalist). He launched the whole thing for $15k..Along the way, he broke the crowd up with one joke after another: He pointed out that, "in the past you had to have $100,000 or $200,000 to do something stupid..now you can do it for $15,000" He also said reading Truemors could make even the homeliest geek an interesting guy, making the site the perfect read before that hot date. He's truly an idea-a-minute guy with a lively blog and an entertainer to boot...Let's hope he makes more local appearances. Thanks to the SV NewTech Meetup group and DLA Piper for putting this on.
The other demos included:
* silverstripe.com - A content development site offering all the web 2.0 bells and whistles, coming to you from New Zealand.
* ustream.tv - Live interactive video for everyone...perfect for the youtube crowd who need a platform to stream weddings, little leagues sports or just a day in the life.
* licketyship.com - Brilliant idea; these guys play middleman between consumers and courier services (100 in the BAy area), helping you get stuff delivered at competitive prices--including furniture, stereos, big screen tvs. They've now expanded across the Bay area into the rest of CA.
I also met a few more interesting folks, including the founder of something called The Idea Mama Club
which brings together inventors, venture capitalists and more, a sort of social media site for brains seeking to strike the next BIG thing.
All in all, a very energetic, passionate bunch. May they all make millions and even join Guy as the next rock star in Silicon Valley.