We had 10 minutes to talk at the Dow Jones Venture One Summit this past week. It was fun to present on the same track as a former boss, who now runs a company called Stoke. (They seem to be doing some cool stuff from an infrastructure stand point). Since we haven't launched Buzzage yet, and since it was only 10 minutes, we kept our presentation high level. In fact, my mac didn't jive with the projector, so no one even saw my slides-which kept it even more cryptic-for better or worse. (If any readers here were in the meeting, send me an e-mail and I'll see about forwarding the slides).
I noted a few things during my attendance: that hype is as strong an attribute as ever for a company, that youth oriented companies are the rage, that there's more excitement on services folks can touch and feel, and that free services are just fine. It sounds bubblicious I know. The good news for all of us (as consumers), is that everyone seems to be much more in tune to user experience issues/opportunities than ever before. The opportunity/challenge is for companies to balance functionality with ease of use..