Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
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New Tech Meetup

This took place last Thursday in Palo Alto. The purpose is to give a forum for new tech demos, and this time around it was a combination of web sites and web services. On the agenda were:

* http://videoegg.com - Video publishing over easy! [Joe Hurd]

This is a service which has been sold to AOL and others to make a YouTube - like community available to their members. There is no direct sign-up, these guys make their money by selling a service to corporations. Not a bad plan. Looked like a pretty solid interface.
 
* http://boompa.com - Your garage online! [Ethan Lance and Dave Snider]

A strictly amateur operation, pimp your ride online. The founders apparently have no personal interest in cars, they just saw a niche market and filled it. Pretty attractive design.
 
* http://zazzle.com - Buy, sell and create custom products [Jeff Beaver]

CafePress on steroids. With Zazzle you can upload your own art work, and use it to design T-shirts, coffee mugs, posters, etc. and they will create and ship them for you. I'm going to give this a try with my Titanic T-shirt design if I can ever find the original artwork I did. 

* http://spymedia.com - Keep an eye on your world [Bryan Quinn]

For a mere 34% of the price, these folks will market your digital photographs. I've tried the GUI and found a couple of stupid programming errors, but when I have time I'll upload some of my stock photos and see if anyone bites. I tried from Google's lame wireless connection, but it was too slow, and another stupid programming error wouldn't allow me to do anything. I didn't have time to mess with it, but will later. Will let you know. The web design is too busy and not intuitive, which is probably why this site's users are mostly in Europe.

Vincent Luria has done an outstanding job of organizing these meetups, but it needs to go to the next level - we're outgrown the lovely venue DLA provides. Apple Town Hall, HP Auditorium or some such would be a good next step.
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