Conjunctured Co-Working, 1309 E 7th Street, Austin, TX celebrated their first anniversary with a party on Saturday, August 14, 2009. This is the video taken by @springnet at the party, it’s about 38 minutes long and their are shorter versions available on youtube, metacafe, etc.
TechCrunch rocked the high style Pangea Lounge in Austin’s trendy 4th Street District on Sept 25, 2008 with a roomful of startups, entrepreneurs and VCs. Kimberlie Dykeman did about 20 interviews, and these are a few of the first to be released. More will be released later.
Interviewees included Troy from PeoplePad.com, Brad from DadLabs.com, Dewey from Mingll.com, Mark Spilotro with iknoware.com, Erick Schonfeld and Heather Harde with TechCrunch.com, Randy Cohen with ticketcity.com, Joshua Baer with otherinbox.com, Jay Hallberg with SpiceWorks.com, Samantha Nebrick with YellowPages.com, Dee Dee Dial with BazaarVoice.com and more.
The video is also appearing at these video sites: MySpace, Metacafe, Blip.tv, Stupid Videos and Sclipo. On itunes, subscribe to austinblogger to get the video on your Apple TV, ipod, or Itunes player.
Here’s the DadLabs video from the TechCrunch party:
And here’s our video which is on austinblogger on itunes:
Austin Time Exchange & github
http://austinblogger.com/blog/ video – Open source currency – Solving social problems with Intentional Economics Tom Brown is a co-worker who has deployed OpenID on multiple high profile nonprofit websites. HeresTomWithTheWeather is contributing Ruby on Rails code to projects hosted on github. Tom is the co-founder of SuperBorrowNet. Rich Vazquez is a board member of the Austin Time Exchange Network, longtime editor of LasCulturas.com and currently works in software security and web programming.
Jon Lebkowsky takes us on a trip down Internet memory lane and recalls how a couple of guys from the Farm in Tennessee (fig and tex) – who I know well – landed at Stewart Brands Whole Earth Catalog in Sausalito and started the WELL (Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link) which turned out to be a seminal incubating ground for many of the ideas of the modern day Internet. He also traces the beginnings of blogging with BoingBoing and fringeware in Austin, Texas. It’s a fascinating story about the beginnings and evolution of blogging and social networking. This event was a special jelly coworking event at Cafe Caffeine in Austin, Texas on Monday, September 22, 2008. Maggie Duval was a chief instigator of this event (http://livelyhoods.com)
â€œLaid backâ€. Thatâ€™s how Mashable top dog Pete Cashmore described Austin, Texas in an interview with AustinLifestylesÂ at the Summermash party at Buffalo Billiards in the heart of Austinâ€™s 6th Street live music district.Â Mark â€œRizznâ€ Hopkins of Mashable described Austin as â€œcomfortable and intimate, you had no problems striking up a conversation.â€Â
Hereâ€™s the list with a few excerpts from the blog entry at Mashable:
- Austin 3.0 – A website designed to give the â€œyounger Austin Geek a place to see what is going on in Austin.â€
- Austin Startup – Austin Startup is simply a news site that chronicles the goings ons and creation of new tech sector business in the Austin area.
- AustinCast – This site is a frequently updated hub for video and audio interviews of local area movers and shakers in the technology scene. Heâ€™s published over 100 video interviews with the likes of Veronica Belmont, Pete Cashmore, Zadi Diaz, Cali Lewis, Lindsay Campbell, and Leah Culver as well as a number of local heroes to the Austin scene.
- Austin360 – This is the official New Media offering from Austinâ€™s reigning Old Media institution, the Austin-American Statesman.
- GeekAustin – Probably one of Austinâ€™s oldest tech blogs, LinearBâ€™ and Orion have been chronicling the gaming, business and tech communities of Austin since 2000.
- Michelleâ€™s Blog -Â . . .Â sheâ€™s a very active leader and figurehead to the new, young Austin Tech community, and has her hands in just about everything.Â Her personal blog reflects all the myriad of ventures sheâ€™s involved in there.
- Josh Dilworth – Josh is over at PR group Porter Novelli, based in their Austin office. Amongst all his many work related projects like SXSW, he has quite visible presence amongst those in the online Semantic and AI community as well as an avid participant in a number of widely used social media tools. I was recently a guest on a podcast of his, Falkenâ€™s Maze.
- John Erik Metcalf - John Erik Metcalf is a major figure in the Austin scene as well, as heâ€™s a co-founder in one of the townâ€™s two co-working spaces: Conjunctured
- Social Media Club Austin – The site describes itself as â€œpart think tank, part curiosity, all new mediaâ€ and is a repository for all that is going on in the â€œbusiness networking eventâ€ scene for the Austin area.
- Some Assembly Required – a self-described â€œbusiness development and networking blogâ€ authored by Thom Singer.
- The Jeff Beckham Weblog – Jeff is an Austin area blogger who focuses his posts on the evolution of media, specifically in relationship to how the Internet is forcing transformation on not just media industries but â€œthe word itself.â€
- Door64 Blog – The blog for Door64, the forum and community portal for the Austin-area tech community.
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Lindsay Campbell did hundreds of episodes of the insanely popular Wallstrip and is now doing something totally new and different, a show about news and politics. We luckily catch her in an interview on day 1 of SXSW. There will be blog is Lindsay’s clip from sxsw which includes two cuts of austincasts Paul Terry Walhus talking about Matt Mullenwegg and “wholesome, family podcasts”. “MobLogic shamelessly pimps fellow bloggers in a pathetically transparent attempt to promote itself” it says on moblogic.tv’s episode page.
pingback austincast.com/blog bastropbuilder.com/blog compuslides.com/blog gameslides.com/blog magickpapers.com/blog shopslides.com/blog touroftexas.com/blog spring.net/blog socobuzz.com/blog web2.0slides.com/blog webgirlvillage.com/blog wholetech.com/blog wmeyers.com/blog workontheweb.com/blog
Starting today, I’m going to start a series of reviews, accompanied by screencasts, of reviews of social networks, social bookmarking services and social media sites on the Spring. You can see my initial list there which I’ll be modifying as this series goes along.
Listal is a social networking site where you can find people who share your tastes in movies, books, music or games. Lists and collections are shared via a simple url like (in my case) http://springnet.listal.com and they give you widgets to plug in to your blog or website.
The site stands out for it’s tight integration of tagging, friends, finding others, forums and messaging. The “explore” feature is hot, it lets you scan through reviews of movies, tv shows, books, games, dvds, and music.
I have to admit to being a comment poor blog.Â And I’m remiss in not putting akismet and disqus on here sooner.Â Tonight akisment gave 32,000 plus spam comments a beating.Â They’re gone.Â Room now for your comments and disqus should make things a lot more interesting.
I got turned on to the disqus comment system by Shey Smith on his most excellent blog, http://sheysmith.com and got really motivated to install it when I heard Leo Laporte and Amber Macarthur rolling in the aisles over this on their net@nite podcast broadcast live today.Â It helped push me more that Dave Winer, grandaddy of rss and blogs, is using this as well.
Disqus brings video comments, along with a community of commenters, better comment formatting, and much more.Â And the wordpress plugin install was as easy as could be.
Were you at SXSW and want to keep the experience going and stay in touch with others you met there? Here’s how! I put out a tweet to request that anyone in our “network” who has a del.icio.us account and is willing to share their del.icio.us “name,” to please send it my way and I will compile the list. This way, we can add each other to our del.icio.us networks. One of the drawbacks of all these social networking sites, is the separate interfaces, usernames and such. We are all hoping for the ultimate Mashup of social networking one day.
I’m very excited to get this ball rolling and even more excited to explore all the great bookmarks that our friends who are hot on sxsw are sharing. If you would like to be included, just post a comment here with your del.icio.us “name” and I will add you to our network or send a direct message to http://twitter.com/sxswtwit . Then, just follow these easy steps:
- Go to del.icio.us (sign up for an account if you don’t have one already)
- Click on Your Network (top left)
- On the right-hand side, in the text box, type in sxswtwit
- Click ADD
- Now sxswtwit will appear in your network beneath in blue
- Click on sxswtwit
- You are now in sxswtwit’s bookmarks, but there are none… BUT WAIT
- In the gray box at the top, it reads:
All sxswtwit’s items (0)
sxswtwit is in your network, view sxswtwit’s network
- Click on VIEW sxswtwit’s network
That’s where the magic happens. There you see all the bookmarks shared by everyone in the network, which can be a little messy OR you can look over at the right. There you can click on each member’s name and look at his/her individual bookmarks. You can even add each member to your own del.icio.us network. As more members join this sxswtwit del.icio.us network, you’ll see them added.
Right now, the only member is http://del.icio.us/springnet (me) but that will hopefully change soon. Join now!
Add your name to the comments below and you’ll be good to go or just send a direct message to http://twitter.com/sxswtwit
The hottest tech site in Austin right now is
It’s up to the second with information on events and stimulating forums.
Some guy named Matt does it.
I’m on it.
We’re live streaming with a show on justin.tv/austintexas now.
Are you overwhelmed with your miniblogs, presence sites, and social networking sites. Here’s how to just make one entry and post it to all them. Thanks to frantic industries for providing 90% of the following instructions and the graphics.
You only have to post to Pownce. If you need a Pownce invite I have a few left. To find your Pownce RSS feed go to the following URL:
Of course you won’t be springnet but someone else.
Next, register with Twitterfeed. If you don’t have an OpenID you can get one over at MyOpenID – you’re going to need it sooner or later anyway. Create a new feed in Twitterfeed and add the Pownce feed to it; make sure to uncheck the “Include description” checkbox, and set the update interval to 30 minutes.
However, Pownce and Twitter aren’t enough for me; I want to add Tumblr and Jaiku into the mix. The problem with Tumblr is that it won’t recognize the Pownce feed. No worries, though, go to the Twitter feed you’ve forwarded your Pownce feed to, click the RSS icon and add that feed to Tumblr (as text).
Finally, open up your Jaiku profile, click on Feeds (Edit) and add an RSS feed. You can use the Pownce feed or the Twitter feed – they both work pretty much the same.
That’s it – by posting on Pownce you now automatically update all four services at the same time. Now, if only someone would create a Miranda Pownce plugin…
Btw, my Pownce/Twitter/Jaiku/Tumblr stream is a lightweight combination of some posts from springnet and some of my personal thoughts. If you’d like to follow any of them, here are the links: Pownce, Twitter, Jaiku and Tumblr.
The Gingerman was the site for the first Austin WordPress meetup. About a dozen folks showed up including a local member of the WordPress team who passed out cool t shirts.
I wasn’t able to stay long so I’m hoping to pick up the details of the last part of the meeting off others blogs.
Lorin Rivers has done a masterful job of stretching wordpress to it’s limit with his current project. He extended the mysql back end of wordpress to do a much better job at handling large numbers of users, making it more suitable to host a large community. Keep at it Lorin, you can go places with this if you open source it.
Andy Skelton, one of the folks at the meetup said on his blog today: “Don’t ask me why I didn’t do it first. Paul Menard is doing a fine job starting an Austin WordPress Meetup. He listed it on Upcoming and Meetup and the crowds are growing.”
Here are some cell phone pictures I took of the WordPress meetup at the Gingerman showing the attendees and lots of beer glasses.
A New York Times article mentions me.
One of the best-loved twitterers, Paul Terry Walhus, a gray-haired blogger from Austin, Tex., has 9,177 friends and 1,851 followers, according to the tracking site Twitterholic. (my name was mispelled in the article)
The article goes on to say:
At least one politician has tuned into the service. John Edwards, who has 2,001 followers and 2,082 friends, recently twittered that his presidential campaign would be “carbon neutral.”
After Robert Scoble, who writes a popular technology blog called Scobleizer and who himself has 2,985 followers and 3,045 friends, challenged this ambitious vow on Twitter, Mr. Edwards twittered back that he would, as president, offset his campaign’s carbon emissions by financing alternative energy research.
And they quote Bruce Sterling’s characteristically biting comment:
Bruce Sterling, the science fiction writer and journalist, who used Twitter at South by Southwest, wrote to me, “Using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite ‘The Iliad.’ ”
The articles author Jason Pontin is the editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review, a magazine and Web site owned by M.I.T. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web 2.0 Expo: Justin(e).tv Is On the Air
New media connoisseur Justine Ezarik has strapped on Justin’s camera rig at the Web 2.0 Expo.
If you can’t make it to the web 2.0 expo this is the next best thing. Or maybe it’s the best thing.
web 2.0 EXPO: The Social Media Revolution | mad dog in the fog – Yesterday, Robert Scoble, Chris Pirillo, Jeremiah Owyang participated in a panel on The Social Media Revolution at O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo.
The talk was an interesting one about where social media is headed and especially the ways that small businesses can use social media to their advantage. Twitter, Flickr, Zooomr, MySpace, Facebook, blogging, videoblogging, podcasting, UStream.tv, Digg, etc., are all tools that all businesses ought to be aware of at a minimum and using to follow the conversations that are taking place about their company and products.
Mike Doeff caught some of the talk on video and you can see that here.
UStream.tv featured prominently in the talk and there were three separate UStream.tv feeds running live while the talk was going on in addition to a back channel IRC and interaction through things like Twitter.
With the popularity of Justin.tv, UStream.tv especailly seems to be of interest these days. UStream.tv allows anyone to stream their life or real time video via cams and is potentially bringing a new realtime nature to social media. Jeremiah and Scoble spent much of the Web 2.0 conference broadcasting in real time through UStream.tv.
“According to tracking site Twitterholic, the top 10 twitterers have thousands of people following them—a literal cult of personality. Paul Terry Walhus, a gray-haired Austin coffee-shop blogger who has 8,789 friends and 1,722 followers, is currently the most popular person on the site. His latest tweet: “5:33 am cst L:78704 starting work week … full plate today … toast, mango yogurt and coffee w half and half.”
I’m floored! Thanks for the shout out Slate! What can I say? I guess I’m going to have to dig deep and come up with some incredible blog entries now.
thanks to my twitter friend http://twitter.com/bonelessmonkey for this inspiring blog entry and the back pat.
I started bugging my friends and family to join. No takers. “Why am I doing this? What’s the point? *DING* What’s this on my twitter page? A follower? What the Halle Berry!? Who is following me? And Why? Ooooohhhh, this is how it works. People add you. Oh, I’m getting it.” So I checked out my new followers page. Interesting guy. Added him as a friend. “Oh look. He has websites. Let’s check this out.” Blingo. This is where I started realizing the point and beauty of twitter. I checked out my new friend springnet’s site Searchslides.com and lost yet ANOTHER few hours! I really enjoy this site. It’s a “Tag Based interactive slideshow”.
Basically you enter a search term in the google toolbar and it presents the results in a column on the left but displays the site you choose on the right. It’s not a screenshot either. It’s the site encapsulated in the slide. The beauty is you can see the site and use the site and just click on the next result that interests you. So instead of just seeing a few lines of text that may or may not describe the latest content on the site, or if the site actually has anywhere near what you’re looking for, you can just view the site. It’s much more brilliant than my lame description. Check out the screenshot or just go use it. You’ll be hooked I think. Now, it’s not perfect yet. Occasionally it hangs on a search and returns “sorry no results”. ‘What? Google has nothing on PHP?’ But, I just hit enter again and it comes up.
So, this I think is the beauty of twitter. Actually twitter/twittervision. It’s not really about making friends, there’s that side and it’s nice, but the real value is finding people with valuable information to you and having instant access to that info through their twitters. It is very cool and the potential is tremendous.
picture above from the Statesman article referenced below.
I’m out. Of the closet. OK. I’m a twitter user.
Omar Gallaga, Statesman blogger/writer and Rodolfo Gonzalez, photographer, caught up with me on South Congress last week and outed me as a twitter user in a story on twitter. Here I am posing for a picture above at Jo’s Coffee. He calls me “amiable”. Nice. He says my hair is “unruly under the hat”. I should have pushed harder for that haircut from Dorothy last week, darn.
Gallaga mentions Robert Scoble’s use of twitter at SXSW and it was Scoble on twitter that got me an invite to the Salt Lick for a super barbecue beerfest at SXSW. It was actually CotÃ© that turned me on to twitter about 2 weeks ago.
Gallaga really hits it on the mark when he talks about how twitter is a “springboard to new creations”. Today twittervision, which is a mashup of google maps and twitter, introduced “personal twittervision” which lets you post comments while viewing every comment posted on twitter worldwide.
What is TwitThis?
TwitThis is an easy way for people to send Twitter messages about your blog post or website. When visitors to your website click on the TwitThis button or link, it takes the URL of the webpage and creates a shorter URL using TinyURL. Then visitors can send this shortened URL and a description of the web page to all of their friends on Twitter.
So I think I’ll install this on this blog and my other blogs:
I’ll let you know how hard or easy this was. I run on WordPress.
Given the powerful reach of the internet should political campaigns be required to disclose youtube negative ads? – Pat Buchanon
“let it rest” – Eleanor Clift
“the internet is being transformed into a toilet” – McLaughlin
Yahoo! BarTab: Monday, March 12, 6:30–9:30 pm at Light Bar. The big ‘hoo! and what seems like every little company they ever acquired are throwing a bash at the fresh newish club at Congress and Fourth, featuring an open bar, munchies and music by The Little Ones. “After we reach capacity,” they say, “admittance will be determined by Feats of Strength.” We’re pretty sure that’s the name of Andy Baio’s band. Why you’ll wanna go: Ask anyone who was at last year’s Yahoo! party that busted the seams of Iron Cactus. This’ll be the talk of Tuesday. Also, if you’ve written something that uses tags, you might leave with a check.
from SXSW Baby!.
Twitter, says the official website is a “ Whole World in Your Hands”
What is twitter?
“Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. Friends near or far can use Twitter to remain somewhat close while far away. Curious people can make friends. Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool. Developers can use the API to make Twitter tools of their own.”
Ok… so how does it work?
“You can send updates in three ways: send a text message from your mobile phone, type a message from the Twitter site, or instant message from Jabber or Gmail chat. (support for AIM and other chat services coming soon!) Start by texting the word help to 40404 if you’re in the United States. For international folks, we have different numbers. Write us and we’ll give you yours.”
I heard about twitter from Cote on his drunkandretired podcast.
You can see the twitter plugin on the lower right column of the austincast blog.
Here’s a plugin for both IE and Firefox that I recommend highly – ptw
From the faq at http://web20toolbar.com
What is the Web 2.0 Toolbar?
It’s a small plugin for your browser that contains all of the most popular content from the web 2.0 sphere in one spot…your browser. The best Social Bookmarking, Pictures, Videos and News all one click away.
Does it Work With IE, FireFox & Flock?
Yes – for FireFox & IE…It does not work with Flock (working on it…love Flock) and I have not tried it on other browsers. Check back ofter to see the updates.
How do I “SUBMIT IT” to My Digg, Del.Icio.us or other social linking site?
When you are on a page you like, just click the “SUBMIT IT” button on the toolbar and select the link site you have an account for…you need your own account on each site to use this. I have also inlcuded the “Onlywire” link that will allow you to post to multiple sites at one time.
Where do I get it?
Right here, Right now (Baby). The Web 2.0 toolbar is a small app that resides in your browser – simply install it and go.
What is it? It’s the second generation of our slides project.
Web2.0Slides is a self-running slide show of over 1,400 of the best Web2.0 sites. It’s categorized by tags and sorted alphabetically.
What’s cool about it? You can click on any site in the left-hand column to pause the slide show and surf around. When you’re done, simply click PLAY, and it will begin right where you left off. Perfect for Web 2.0 couch ‘taters. But if you’re antsy and want to click around on sites, go right ahead—it won’t stop the show.
This is a direct quote from the kiko blog of Justin Kan
Actual lessons from Kiko
August 17th, 2006 | Category: Uncategorized
Today I listed the main asset of our startup, our web calendar Kiko, on eBay (see the auction). Since we put the eBay post up, there has been much buzz on techcrunch, reddit, etc about Kiko going under. Many people have speculated heavily on why we failed, and, to my amusement, some have even blogged about lessons we can learn from Kiko.
I think there are a lot of lessons other people can take away from Kiko. Most of these are things that someone looking in from the outside wouldn’t know. They don’t have a lot to do with our business model. They don’t have a lot to do with getting stepped on by a giant. Here are the important things that I actually learned from my first startup:
1. Stay Focused. Most entrepreneurs have lots of ideas. Often times, many of them may be really good. I don’t know about you, but my favorite part about startups is talking about new products and new business ideas. If you’re a creative person, it’s very easy to get side-tracked on side ideas when you really should be working on your main one. This is bad. Bad, bad, bad. We did this a lot with Kiko, and it caused many delays in getting the product out the door.
2. Hire Slow, Fire Fast. Picking the right people is life and death for your company. We hired two people for Kiko. One of them (Rich White, our interface designer) was awesome; everything I could have asked for and more: self motivated, entrepreneurial, competant, hard working, and very smart. However, one of our hires turned out to be a huge mistake: he basically spun his wheels, didn’t complete anything, and left for months at a time without word. Working with someone like this can easily make working on your company not very fun at all. If you have any reservations about someone at the outset, you should probably not hire them.
3. Cute hacks can cost you time. Take the time to do things right from the beginning. Seriously.
4. Make an environment where you will be productive. Working from home can be convenient, but often times will be much less productive than a separate space. Also its a good idea to have separate spaces so you’ll have some work/life balance.
5. Get your investors involved. Your investors are there to help you. Get them involved from the start, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. I think we made the mistake early on of trying to do (and know) everything ourselves, perhaps out of insecurity over being so new to the business world. This is a mistake.
6. Build incrementally. We tried to build the ultimate AJAX calendar all at once. It took a long time. We could have done it piece by piece. Nuff said.
An AJAX calendar is not fundamentally a bad idea (I think we, google calendar, 30boxes, calendar hub, and many others prove that). I don’t think we were doomed from the beginning; I just think we were too slow at times, and focused on the wrong thing at times. I think Kiko is still a good idea that can yield a lot of value to its users, but I won’t be the one to take it there.
I’ve had a good time working on Kiko this past year. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve gotten a lot of experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. Y Combinator has also been a great funding experience, and helped us out tremendously; I am thankful to be part of that community. Thanks to everyone who has reached out to wish Emmett, Rich and I luck.
P.S. We’re looking for good hackers. Email me at justin.kan at gmail.