We spent a few days this week up at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.  Since we’re a startup, we didn’t spring for the expensive conference passes and jumped on the free Expo only passes.  Even just hanging out in the hallways and the Expo floor though, we had a great experience.  Here’s a few of the highlights:

  • My friend Aaron presented his startup, ZeaLOG, at LaunchPad and finished 2nd in the People’s Choice voting.  We’re pretty sure he would have won, but the iPhones kept autocorrecting his companies name to “zealot.”  Nice work, Aaron!
  • Finally got to introduce my business partner, Jonathan, to some Silicon Valley culture.
  • Had a great conversation with Mike Trotzke about his new Bloomington, IN based incubator SproutBox, seed funding, and startups.
  • Talked Twollars with Eiso Kant.  He’s creating a “currency of appreciation” across the web.  Hopefully we’ll get the chance to work together sometime soon.
  • Had lunch with the working group led by Chris Messina Deliverance movie developing a standard for Activity Streams.
  • Finally met David Cohn, founder of Spot.Us.  Dave is doing awesome work in the community journalism space.  We’ve been chatting about local news and neighborhoods for about a year now, but we’d never been in the same room before.
  • Over beers on Wednesday night, I decided to write the sequel to Larry Chiang‘s new book, “What They Don’t Teach You At Stanford Business School.”  It will be called “The Backdoor Into Stanford Business School.”  I never went to Stanford, nor will I ever actually write this book, but it sounded like a good idea at the time.
  • Barbara spilled tartar sauce in her lap.  There’s comedy, there’s high comedy, then there’s tweeting about someone spilling tartar sauce on their crotch.
  • Got to catch up with a ton of great people who I don’t have the good fortune of seeing on a regular basis.

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