A few hours in TechCrunch 40's hallway

Renee Blodget holds court in the hallway

I never even got into see a presentation. The hallway was too good. Here’s my photos. Damn, I love my Canon 5D camera (thank you Maryam!). Imagine how good my images will be after I learn how to use it. Thomas Hawk or Scott Beale don’t need to worry about losing their status as best Web 2.0 photographers anytime soon. Hah.

I got a demo of Mint and it lives up to the hype someone gave it in my comment section this morning. Nice way to look at and manage your personal finances. Cubic Telecom did live up to the hype, too. I gotta get some of those phones for Maryam’s family in Iran. She pays so much for her mom to call back home.

There’s plenty of chatter over on TechMeme — I’m not going to try to live blog conferences anymore, it’s a thankless task and one that’s best left to people who actually like sitting in the halls. Me? I’m a hallway rat. CenterNetworks’ Allen Stern has a good wrapup and links to a few of the best posts..

Oh, anyone want to be on the ScobleShow? I’ll be hanging out in Half Moon Bay and have a few extra hours this week to do some interviews. Family is here, so it’s good to get out of the house.

Finally, in that picture above is Renee Blodgett, holding the camera. If you can identify all the other people in the picture you’ll be ready for some hallway networking at tech conferences in the future. Hint: a famous journalist/blogger, a wife of one of TechCrunch 40′s co-founders, and a famous lawblogger is there.

Comments

  1. LOL…How did Thomas Hawk or Scott Beale ever got the status of the best web 2.0 photographer. Robert, I think we need to have a formal system like TC40, maybel called TP2.0 to elect the best web2.0 photographers. Now we are talking about real fun….So that here is my application for TP2.0 hope I make the cut ;)

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  2. Personally, I can’t ever see something like Mint take off. I don’t trust my Bank to keep my details secure, so how will I ever trust some unknown 3rd party to keep my Online Banking details secure?
    Here in the UK some reputable online bank like Cahoot or Egg offered to give you access to your other accounts with other banks via their online facilities.
    My instant reaction was “No way”. Security and privacy are big issues here. Sorry, not for me. I wouldn’t bet a pound or even a dollar on it.

  3. Personally, I can’t ever see something like Mint take off. I don’t trust my Bank to keep my details secure, so how will I ever trust some unknown 3rd party to keep my Online Banking details secure?
    Here in the UK some reputable online bank like Cahoot or Egg offered to give you access to your other accounts with other banks via their online facilities.
    My instant reaction was “No way”. Security and privacy are big issues here. Sorry, not for me. I wouldn’t bet a pound or even a dollar on it.

  4. I’ll be up there this weekend to attend Health 2.0 (not on your Upcoming list) and see Milan. If you want me to talk health care tech on your show (might actually interest the common man) I will be happy to tell you about it.

    Second Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference on 11/8 isn’t on your events list, either. Marc Canter’s coming down to speak for us.

  5. I’ll be up there this weekend to attend Health 2.0 (not on your Upcoming list) and see Milan. If you want me to talk health care tech on your show (might actually interest the common man) I will be happy to tell you about it.

    Second Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference on 11/8 isn’t on your events list, either. Marc Canter’s coming down to speak for us.

  6. If that’s Denise talking to Dan Gillmor, well… not a fair quiz. You’d need to be able to identify her by her hairline.

  7. Paul Chaney: close, that’s Dan Gillmor, Steve’s brother. fp: yeah, that’s Denise Howell. It’s amazing that the human brain is such a good pattern recognizer that you only need a few bits of someone to recognize them.

  8. Paul Chaney: close, that’s Dan Gillmor, Steve’s brother. fp: yeah, that’s Denise Howell. It’s amazing that the human brain is such a good pattern recognizer that you only need a few bits of someone to recognize them.

  9. Since you asked…I can help get you out of the house for a few minutes to interview someone over at Health 2.0. I sent you a note in Facebook.

  10. Since you asked…I can help get you out of the house for a few minutes to interview someone over at Health 2.0. I sent you a note in Facebook.

  11. I have heard about Mint in the past and I can’t see their value still. All this is done very well today by Microsoft Money (which I use) and I hear Quicken does it just as well.
    A lot of people have concerns trusting 3rd party with all their online banking/investment accounts and passwords, so this is where having offline file (like Ms-Money uses) is a plus. The community feature is a neat idea, but I is nearly impossible to implement it properly, since everyone’s situation is very different.
    Eventually, I think once Microsoft comes out and puts MS-Money exclusively online as a service, people are more likely to use that, since it’s easier to trust Microsoft with sensitive pesonal data than some startup. Also, a lot of users will come to MS-Money online, migrating from MS-Money offline.

  12. I have heard about Mint in the past and I can’t see their value still. All this is done very well today by Microsoft Money (which I use) and I hear Quicken does it just as well.
    A lot of people have concerns trusting 3rd party with all their online banking/investment accounts and passwords, so this is where having offline file (like Ms-Money uses) is a plus. The community feature is a neat idea, but I is nearly impossible to implement it properly, since everyone’s situation is very different.
    Eventually, I think once Microsoft comes out and puts MS-Money exclusively online as a service, people are more likely to use that, since it’s easier to trust Microsoft with sensitive pesonal data than some startup. Also, a lot of users will come to MS-Money online, migrating from MS-Money offline.

  13. Dang Robert, I finally go digital (saving up enough AmEx Rewards green stamps for it) with a D80 and now have a nice flash to go with it but still using my old lenses. I am not going to have Canon envy, I am not. But I definitely have VR lens envy and that is going to take another two years worth of green stamps at least. I don’t think I can wait that long. Maybe have to find another low-fare consulting gig to pay for one sooner.

    Hey, can we photowalk in December when Vicki and I are down there? (Dec. 3 to 10 or so, with best time on the weekend.)

  14. Dang Robert, I finally go digital (saving up enough AmEx Rewards green stamps for it) with a D80 and now have a nice flash to go with it but still using my old lenses. I am not going to have Canon envy, I am not. But I definitely have VR lens envy and that is going to take another two years worth of green stamps at least. I don’t think I can wait that long. Maybe have to find another low-fare consulting gig to pay for one sooner.

    Hey, can we photowalk in December when Vicki and I are down there? (Dec. 3 to 10 or so, with best time on the weekend.)

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