Yesterday Tuesday was another wild day in my life. I met Marc Andreessen, who was doing a press tour, with Ning, showing off something you’ll see on ScobleShow soon. He visited Om Malik too, who noticed that Marc had switched to a Mac. Ning, he told me, is the best way to build custom social Websites. More on that soon (he, and co-founder Gina Bianchini, showed me stuff that he asked me not to talk about until next week).
But, in the last two days I’ve met some other incredible people. Meeting Marc was over the top, though (he started Netscape). I told him that my son was born the same year that Netscape was started and we compared notes about just how much has changed in the world (and what he learned from the Netscape experience that he’s applying to Ning).
Here’s the schedule.
It started Tuesday when I had lunch with Mark Ivey. He used to write for BusinessWeek, among other pubs, and wrote speeches for Scott McNealy, among other titans of tech industry. Interesting guy, he’s fascinated by the changes happening to media and PR and is thinking of writing a book since he’s been on both sides of that fence (he worked in PR at Intel and other companies).
At 4 p.m. Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini, co-founder of Ning, came by. More soon.
At 5 p.m. Martin Nyman of BestBuy came by to talk about technology retailing (he works with VCs and entrepreneurs to make sure BestBuy has the coolest stuff in its stores).
At 6:30 p.m. I was headed over to Stanford for the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, where I introduced Martin Eberhard, CEO of Tesla Motors, who gave a great speech about why electric cars are the future. I then moderated a panel discussion with Martin, Robert Acker, SVP at Dash Navigation, Dave Blakely, Director of Technology Strategy at IDEO, and Dave Mathews, Director of Product Innovation at Sling Media. Ryan Junee has a good writeup of the evening, hope that someone recorded it, cause it was quite an evening and I was very honored to just be on stage with such a great group of people.
Then yesterday we flew to Seattle, where another full day started.
Buzz Bruggeman, CEO of Activewords, picked us up at the airport and took us to Chris and Ponzi Pirillo’s house where we heard all about Gnomedex 2007 plans. I told Chris that Gnomedex is still the only conference in the world where you’ll see hundreds of people — almost all of whom are on their computers during the conference. They are looking for sponsors and speakers, but already have some really cool things planned.
Then onto visit with David Geller, founder of EyeJot. This is a video email service. Finally got a good demo that we’ll get up on ScobleShow someday (I have quite a backlog of tapes to play first).
At 3 p.m. I met with John Pollard and Shreedhar Madhavapeddi, founders of Jott. This is the thing I’ll use the most. It’s a service for your cell phone. Let’s say you’re at a party and you think of something you want to remember. Well, you probably can’t find paper and pen, so what you do is call Jott’s phone number (it knows you by your caller ID) leave a 30 second message about what you want to remember, then it converts that into text and emails that to you, along with a link to your original audio recording. This rocks. Buzz didn’t know we were going to meet with them (he’s driving me around) and said he’s been using the service for weeks and already finds it invaluable.
At 4 p.m. we visited with Michael Young, CTO, and Glenn Kelman, CEO of RedFin. They are working to be the place you buy and sell homes on the Web. They showed me how they are now using bloggers to add comments about homes that they’ve visited. We had a long conversation about how RedFin is disrupting the real estate industry.
At 5:30 p.m. we got invited to the top of one of Seattle’s skyscrapers for wine tasting at the home of one of Seattle’s venture capitalists, Petra Franklin, principal of Vault Capital. I’m going to note that Petra is a woman, cause it’s so rare to meet a woman at this level. Remarkable woman and a remarkable home. Real treat to get to spend some time with her.
OK, today (Thursday) we’ve got a full schedule. I’m being picked up at 8 a.m. Breakfast with Buzz, then onto Amazon at 10 a.m. to see something that they weren’t willing to talk about on the phone (always fun when that happens).
At 11:30 a.m. meeting with JamGlue (cool DJ/remixing service), at 1 p.m. meeting with MixPo, (mix video/audio and more into a Web-based widget) at 3 p.m. meeting with TeamDirection, (project and task management for Sharepoint and Groove) at 4 p.m. meeting with SmileBox, (fun digital storytelling for people) and at 7 p.m. Chris and Ponzi are throwing Maryam and me a little shindig at their beautiful new home.
Whew. Sorry if I couldn’t fit you in on this trip.
Oh, and I even got through most of my feed reading tonight for my link blog. Email is suffering, though.