It was an interesting week and I really do not want to go home. Thought I'd bang out one more blog post before getting on my plane. Here's a brain dump of what my conversations this week left me with:
1. Web 2.0 is dead!
2. Web 2.0 is alive and kicking!
3. The Valley isn't quite sure what they really want to think about Web 2.0 but they sure love talking about it.
4. Mobile is clearly the next frontier.
5. Everyone has a Mac Air (supposedly it makes you more creative....no really, this has somehow been proven!)
6. Jeff Nolan has an awesome BBQ set-up and "knows his meat"!
7. You really can network by hanging out on University Ave. Spent a couple hours working from various locations and met at least 5 people I know. Awesome way to catch up. University Ave. is like the lobby at a tech conference.
8. Cleantech is where it's at if you want to raise money from LP's.
9.. Everyone in the Valley talks about "being green" yet at the same time drives an SUV, has a house where a whole village could live and probably consumes more water watering their lawn than certain regions do for drinking in Africa.
10. UMTS might be coming in America.........but very slowly.
11. Facebook's fading.
12. Only VC's and geeks really know much about Twitter. As much as everyone wants to think Twitter is booming, it's not yet anywhere near mainstream.
13. Everyone is convinced though that Twitter will go mainstream. Supposedly there are people who don't get it and never will but I sure didn't meet any of them.
14. There are too many entrepreneurs (according to a couple people) who are more about partying than growing companies.
15. Arrington sure is mentioned often. So is Scoble. (May just be the crowd I hung out with!)
16. Location Based Services will be the key to monetizing communities.
17. The Valley is still the "must-be-here" location when it comes to start-ups. Not getting around this any time soon.
18. The TV is dead. No one watches regular programming anymore.
19. U.S. based folks bitch and complain much more about conferences and things which go right and wrong at conferences in comparison with Europeans (not necessarily a bad thing).
20. It's still super hard and expensive to hire good talent in the Valley.