Yesterday, I attended the second TechCrunch Crunchup, as some of you know.
My most lasting impressions are of the incredible vibe and community of the room. Only thought leaders and great talent seemed to fill the room. So, I’m not sure what I was doing there, but the guys and gals I met were incredibly nice and bright. The panel discussions and demos were once again fascinating. I didn’t record any video this time, because it seemed pointless with the great video capture TechCrunch does. When they post those videos, I suggest you check them out. I’m not going to comment on the demos, because I listed them all on previous posts.
My favorite panels were the first one on filtering the stream, and the last one with the investors. But maybe that’s because Ron Conway was up there and I’m always impressed by him. By the way, Ron, I have a great start-up to talk to you about. Someone from IVP told me you’d be interested, so I’m on a mission to get in touch with you.
The other thing that’s stayed with me from the event was Marc Benioff’s talk on Salesforce and Chatter. Marc was clearly ill and maybe a little punchy in responding to the jibes TechCrunch IT editor Steve Gillmor and TechCrunch co-editor Erick Schonfeld were throwing at him (Arrington, Gillmor, and Schonfeld are quite the team of instigators, which is what lends the event some of its charm). But Benioff and Salesforce are clearly striding courageously into bringing social media to the enterprise. Also, my favorite moment came when Scoble asked Benioff when Salesforce was going to open up this technology to the public. Benioff responded by saying they were — and Scoble’s only response was to turn and walk back to his seat. No response from Scoble? Amazing moment. One that will likely never be repeated in this age.
Really, these TechCrunch events leave me nothing short of infinitely inspired. I’d like to thank TechCrunch for a great event and for letting me be part of it again. I hope I never miss one of these, because I’d only feel like I was missing out on seeing the future. In my opinion, it’s a more interesting and focused event than the Web2.0 conferences.