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It has been quite a blur, but there were some exciting side notes which I wanted to report from Web 2.0 conference.
1. The Web 1.0 party at the House of Shields was rocking, and well it was a massive success. You knew it was over when pretty blondes started showing up at the event.
2. Google’s after hours party was the place to be, as liquor flowed freely. Highlight of the party, colored and glowing cubes in Google colors in your drinks. Newsgator team was out celebrating and I am going to hit their bash tonight. Niall has a great interview with Greg. Ironically, Microsoft executives were making the rounds at Google’s party. My “buy” radar tells me Zimbra is going to be on the menu within six months.
3. Talking about Microsoft, they hosted a dinner, and well the three executives seemed to be working for three different companies, and not Microsoft. So much for size.
4. John Battelle must be pleased as a punch. More people in the lobby and halls than in the rooms. Just like Red Herring conferences in 2000.
5. Spotted Henry Blodgett and Mary Meeker. Add AOL buys something, and the Web 2.0 is truly over. Mike has a very succinct take on this.
6. Not spotted at the event, Joi Ito and Reid Hoffman, early investors in Web 2.0. End of cycle for the trend.
7. PR folks are sponsoring events. It must be 2000.
8. Company to watch, TheLadders.
9. Greatest company pitch: Kozoru. They are showing off their deep-web search engine company on sleek PSPs. Yahoo, Google and Microsoft all got one.
10. What is Web 2.0? A Short Film