Drupal Europe will be taking place soon – different organization, different structure, same great community. There are a few things you need to know about this year’s edition of Europe’s largest Drupal conference, so let me tell you about them. But before I start, your case studies, as always, are more than welcome!
yesterdays networking tour started with a rendez-vous with loic le meur. loic has got his roots in france and is Le Web 3’s and Seesmic’s founder and CEO. it was another impressive insight into an up-and-coming silicon valley start-up. again there were loads of questions – and loic was happy to give us some of his precious time (seesmic’s planning to go live in two weeks!!), advice and the european perspective on the valley’s modus operandi.
I just came across a very cool kind of collaboration technique at the Flickr blog: Lomographic Collaboration
today we went to have lunch with thomas jakob who works for swisscom innovation’s silicon valley outpost. it was another interesting insight. thomas confirmed - what might be obvious when you look at the stunning number of about 8000 start-ups in the valley - that in the bay area everything is about business; business is the valley’s national sport (except for yoga and networking of course), business is the valley‘s lifestyle. and even if everything is open, relaxed and positive: the valley is a highly efficient and darwinistic microsystem where you get eradicated rather sooner than later if you do not take care. thomas‘ guess was that of 10 start-ups about two make it, 2 vegetate among the living dead and 6 have to pack it.
yesterday evening we had the pleasure to end our busy program with a fine dinner and some beers in palo alto together with lars, holger and tim bonnemann. see you soon again!
for lunch we had the pleasure to meet up with our german colleagues holger and lars from workity.com. the first time we met, was at the legendary barcamp hannover. then re:publica in berlin. now SDForum and the university cafe!
it was an informative silicon valley morning! hübi took us to the familiar SDForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast. the VC (venture capital) panel (richard wong, accel; chad kinzelberg, scale venture partners; brian o’malley, battery ventures; lars leckie, hummer winblad and steve bengston from pricewaterhousecoopers) discussed the latest trends in the internet business and gave a good insight into the VC perspective.
there were two missions today. first: visit palo alto to buy iphones and flip cameras (achieved). second: visit juergen at google’s hq in mountain view (achieved)
we are very happy to announce that since today we have our team supplemented by malte spielberger. just perfect so short before the launch of Amazee's public beta he is joining us as a tech trainee. learn more about him on his personal blog or on his company's site. and soon here on Amazee of course.
i’ve always been a big toyota fan, but since we left the rental’s place two days ago, their hybrid prius convinced me like no model before. it’s the first car that taught me that driving a car does not necessarily require any engine noise. should you rent or buy a prius one day, do not wait for the engine to start like i did - just start gliding!