I know most of us are getting pain in the ear hearing the term 2.0 but I am talking about Life 2.0 (life in the era of everything 2.0)
No matter what hype and craziness Web 2.0 had brought in from Digg to YouTube and from Xing (formerly know as openbc.com) to Linkedin
By the way Xing has almost proved that sensible and innovative Web 2.0 firms are here to stay by raising 35 Million Euros thru IPO route by getting listed on The Frankfurt Stock Exchange!
I don’t know about all of you but I met some really interesting people worldwide personally (1 to 1) while being active in Web 2.0 / Mobile 2.0 space.
Bill Liao and Lars of Xing (met in Hamburg, Palo Alto and Bombay)
Noah Kagan (I am sorry cant remember his companies name as he is much more famous then anything else!) (Met in San Carlos, San Francisco and at several more places saw Borat with him where I also met the author of the wonderful Hot selling book starfish and the spider Ori Brafman)
Noah Glass of GoMobo (met @ DFJ Schmoozefest event)
Abhinav Aggarwal of cigarsinglemalt.blogspot.com
Michael Rourke D7TV.com (Met in San Fran thru Noreen a friend on SmallWorld ASW.com)
Akhil Shahni of Aykya.com (met him in Bombay)
We ourselves launched our Mobile 2.0 firm Mozomo (wap.mozomo.com when it says WAP you are suppose to log on thru your cell phone!)
Besides this I met some really kool and intelligent people online (Virtually) from all over the globe
Life has become more focused and active then ever over a period of time I realized its better to network with 100 right people then with 5000 wrong ones!
There is clearly so much energy across Bay and in San Fran in the whole 2.0 movement its like the whole of California is coming back some say its bubble 2.0 I really don’t think so all great ideas in kool entrepreneur’s mind is taking a shape of start up, more and more people are giving away plum corporate jobs and living risky (pay you own bills) life!
Most of this bunch will launch there firm sooner or later (depends clearly on how much they work out and how less they drink!)
Please don’t be offended I am now much more bullish on Noah Kagan as he is running again I am sure Jennifer has a strong role to play in this one! (That reminds me I had to Thank Jennifer for inviting me to the wonderful Hip Hop show at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Fran, Kenichi was awesome
So as mentioned earlier some firms will do well, some will survive and make enough money to carry on and some will get HEAVILY funded but the bottom lime is clear there is more Entrepreneur spirit then ever and that itself is so damn exciting vibrant minds, fresh ideas and new ventures I find it super sexciting!
What is missing is VC 2.0 they are still following the old school of 5 year projection and extensive business plan most of the bright young minds. I have met have brilliant ideas with a decent revenue model in place some of them are Die Hard passionate and positive so they will make it sooner or later. However, I seriously feed Intelligent Investors need to facilitate the semi confused and doubly charged entrepreneur and help them work on financial plans / Biz model and so on if you tell the guy who wrote the YouTube Application of uploading videos and then allowing you view a flash file on the fly to write a 5 year business plan he is already DEAD, History, finished!
Let people do what they are good at, and lets all of us do what we are good at lets not build another YouTube because it might make money but lets build it if we really have some different ideas and we believe it will change the world!
Like Guy Kawasaki mentions in all his Art of the Start presentations Make Meaning and money will follow we don’t need 10 startups selling dog or pet food online but we need 200 ideas like Fandango, YouTube, Flickr, DIGG in each vertical!
One of my personal Fav directory of all things 2.0 is http://www.allthingsweb2.com/
For all those who didn’t like this write up I owe you all a yummy burrito or a glass of wine at some sexy spot in San Fran on my next trip 🙂
All those who liked it you must be as crazy as me 🙂
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