Monday Jul 28, 2008

Mashable LA, Cool and Elegant

LA event was different. First of all it was in the courtyard at Rubicon Project with the warm LA air (although I expected it to be even warmer) and welcoming atmosphere. Since it was my third Mashable events, by now I got used to the traditional Social Networking and Social Media ideas of the local startups, but LA had something new and different. A few startups were radical in their thinking and had their innovation not just around social networking but also in the form of physical gadgets that they were creating and distributing. OpenSolaris and Sun Startup Eseentials offering were the popular topic at the event. I think out of the three events I attended and participated in, the LA one was my favorite… even despite of the red eye flight I had to take that night to get back home.

At every Mashable event I had a chance to present to the audience, as Karen and Pete were kindly inviting the sponsors to the stage to welcome everyone. If you haven't yet had a chance to attend the Mashable event, the SummerMash Austin is coming up July 30th, don't miss it.

Energizing Mashable in San Francisco

This was by far the craziest Mashable event I’ve attended so far (of course NY may be even bigger and better). Not only with the unique SF atmosphere of Mighty night club that was overfilled with young guys and gals of Social Networking and Social Media startups, but just the entire event that was energizing, accelerating, and to some extend overwhelming. The new generation of the Bay Area LAMP developers were sizzling with hot ideas. Our discussions covered different ways to scale up and tips on how utilize OpenSolaris features such as ZFS and DTrace. Event sponsors were giving away drink tickets among other giveaways, so you can imagine how busy my table was the entire night. I had an OpenSolaris demo running and people were very interested in Sun Startup Essentials program, specifically the hosting offerings we have with Joyent and other partners. Everyone was Twittering the entire time, with messages displayed live by the EventVue site that was projected on a large screen for everyone to enjoy.

Mashable Summer Tour 2008 Reaches Seattle

With new cities added to the Mashable Summer Tour this year, the Seattle entrepreneurs and startups were excited to leverage the opportunity to meet each other and have a place to socialize and exchange ideas. Seattle for sure is a new area of growing startup community with technology ranging from .NET (Redmond is nearby) to Ruby and PHP, from SQL Server to MySQL, and last but not least from Windows to Linux and of course OpenSolaris. Some of the successful startups I talked to were attracting thousands of registered users in their pre-beta release. Web 2.0 community members were quite pleased to see Sun participating in the event and learn about the Sun Startup Essentials program that helps startups to monetize their ideas.

Don't miss the Mashable Summer Tour 2008 in your local area.

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Marina Fisher is a member of Oracle ISV Engineering team, posting blogs around industries, technologies, and applications she is working with.

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