Product Pitches

Each group only had 10 minutes so they had to go quick. Second Life – Wilder Linden was rather hampered in her efforts by a lack of bandwidth. Blue Dot – Kind of Digg meets NewsVine FareCast – cheap airline ticket predictor Pixsy – media search engine that adds categorization Melodeo – mobile music and podcasts with social networking People Aggregator – Open Social Networking blubrry – social podcasting network

Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit talked about sex and how people do or do not assume other identities online. It seems like whether or not they can make money from their writing makes a difference. It did seem, though, like a lot of the people in the crowd chose not to say anything.

Marc Canter

Marc chose to talk about open standards. Where is it that every single application has to have the exact same features? Someone made a point that exporting data was the most important feature. Someone else argued that he cares much more about functionality.

Werner Vogels

Net Neutrality is a big issue for Amazon. Especially if they move into the online video business, which I think is pretty inevitable. He framed the issues very well, but didn’t really offer a solution. I think the answer is going to be that Tech Companies get serious about their lobbying efforts before it gets too late.

John Edwards

I think the Senator did a very good job of coming across as a real person instead of just a packaged politician. I could have done without the “Bush and his Gang” comment, though. I loved the Patriot Act discussion, too, when John Edwards (just like nearly everyone else in the Senate) voted for it.

Michael Arrington

Mike just gave a presentation on why he thinks at least some Web 2.0 companies will do well. I agreed with him, but there were definitely those in the audience who disagreed. I thought a couple of points about advertising were the key, though.