I approached the event tonight with a little bit of hesitation. I’ve been sick and didn’t really feel up to talking with a bunch of strangers. However, it turned out to be a good time, and I got to meet a lot of cool new people.
My phobia of catered food was reinforced this evening. The little crackers and cucumber wedges didn’t make for much of a meal. Why can’t caterers just make regular food? I don’t want a mishmash of hominy, raisins, and chickpeas. Please pass the burgers, hot wings, or quesadillas. Caterers get by with the crap they serve because everyone is so freaking hungry at these events that they’ll eat shoe leather. I was talking with Claudia Linquist about her daughter’s travels to the Canary Islands (where I’ll be spending my Spring Break). We turned around and all we could see were empty plates. The people reminded me of the old cartoons where the swarm of termites comes by and turns your house into sawdust while you’re watching.
I spoke with several very interesting people, and these are some of the companies they represented:
Kosmix – Search Engine that has been getting great press from the Wall Street Journal and did well at DEMO.
Meshforum – SFWIN organizers. I met Shannon Clark who is one of the few male Shannons in existence.
SuperViva I spoke with the Chief Passionator (cool looking site — will definitely spend more time to check it out)
EarthCode.com – This guy may be able to save me a lot of time coding my Ajax stuff.
Google – Do I really need to post a link here? I met a really nice guy who just joined Google, coming from Pittsburgh to SF about two months ago. He was really glad to spend his Winter here.
I also watched a couple of demos. I had to stay for “GoGhetto.com.” Unfortunately I missed the beginning of the presentation and sorta missed the point. It’s a place to tell secrets, like when you spit in someone’s coffee…whatever.
I really liked MindRetrieve. MindRetrieve allows you to tag your local files and search for them by keyword or friendly name. It does the same thing for your web links. It looked like it was supported by one developer, but I think I might give it a try. My wife can never find anything she downloads. Although I guess she’d still have to find the file to tag it in the first place.
I’ll look forward to attending the next one of these. The open bar was a very nice touch.
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