By cjsasaki on Feb 11, 2007
On Saturday, I had a chance to attend the first CommunityNext event at Stanford University. The event was the brainchild of Noah Kagan and he worked night and day for two months organizing the event. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's always enlightening to spend a day with young, bright entrepreneurs. The attendee who traveled the farthest came all the way from Hamburg, Germany.
One of the highlights of the event were some of the demos. The ones that caught my eye were: loopt.com, a Java Micro Edition application that shows you when your buddies are close, links to maps, and builds face-to-face social networking. Another very cool story was presented by Threadless.com - where they built an "awesome" business with folks submitting t-shirt designs, the community votes on them, and they print/sell them. There certainly are some interesting designs! What they said is you've gotta love what you do. Their motto is "creating online awesomeness".
One other discussion that I found interesting was from Nikyl Singhai of SayNow. They started the company to provide really cool voice services, but discovered that was not customers were looking for. So they changed their business and provide a new service built around community.
You have to give a lot of credit to Noah Kagan who organized the event, got sponsors, and put together a nice set of speakers. Sun was a co-sponsor of the event and it was great to see my fellow Sun friends spend a rainy Saturday supporting this event. Innovation is clearly not dead and the energy level of the participants were high (maybe because of all the Energy Drinks).