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Cogmap World Tour Travel Schedule

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Want to hang out with the mighty Cogmap leadership?  Just want to score a few sweet Cogmugs?  Cogmap is hitting the road in February and March and wants to hang out with you!  Here is where we will be:

  • Philadelphia – February 6
  • New York City – February 10
  • New York City – February 17
  • Barcamp Miami – February 22
  • Wordcamp Miami – February 22
  • FOWA Miami – February 23-24
  • Bangalore India – February 27 – March 10
  • SxSW Interactive – March 12-18

Send us email at brent at cogmap dot com if you want to hang out.  I buy coffee for Cogmappers.

Ignite Baltimore – October 16th, don’t miss it!

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Ignite Baltimore #1 Debuts on October 16th at The Windup Space

If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say to Baltimore?  What if you only had 20 slides and they rotated automatically every 15 seconds?

On October 16th at 6 pm, 16 artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, writers, bloggers, painters, and philosophers will answer this challenge at Ignite Baltimore #1.  The event will take place at The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District.  Admission is free.

What is Ignite?

Cities all over the world are organizing Ignite events, where thought leaders come together to share what they know and make new connections.  Full details can be found at ignitebaltimore.com.  The official Ignite website is ignite.oreilly.com.

Ignite #1 Speakers

Full topic descriptions and speaker biographies are available at http://ignitebaltimore.com/speakers, but here’s a summary:

Ignite #1 Schedule

6 pm: Mingling, drinks, and free pizza and pasta from Joe Squared


7 pm: First wave of presentations


7:50 pm: Mingling, drinks, and free food


8:15 pm: Second wave of presentations


9:00 pm: Informal festivity/merriment

Sponsors

Ignite Baltimore #1 has been made possible through the generous support of IntrideaGreater Baltimore Technology Council, Roundhouse Technologies, Advertising.com, and Smart Logic Solutions.

Tickets

Admission is free, but please RSVP via EventBrite so we know how much food to order.

Webcast

The event will be webcast live on http://www.RADARREDUX.net.  RADARREDUX.net is a project of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, in partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University.

Contact

Please email Mike Subelsky at mike@ignitebaltimore.com or call (443) 928-7417.

Cogmap coming to a city near you!

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Lots of travel coming up.  If anyone wants some super sweet “removeable laptop” stickers, leave a comment or shoot an email to brent at cogmap and we can get some coffee.

  • NYC – Sept 10
  • SF – Sept 13 – 22
  • NYC Sept 23-24 – MIXX/Ad Week
  • NYC Oct 7-8
  • Baltimore Oct 16 – I am speaking at ignitebaltimore.com.
  • NYC Oct 22
  • Baltimore – Nov 1 – SocialDevCampEast
  • SF – Nov 5-7

Busy month!

An Event Apart – Boston

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I am in Boston at An Event Apart today and tomorrow.

In Boston? Want to hang out? Email me pronto!

Regardless, this is great stuff for thinking about some of the problems of the Internet, although I have to admit this is a different crowd for me. It has been weeks since I attended a conference (I attended EconAds, Advertising 2.0, Graphing Social Patterns, and WebWidgetExpo in the last month) that didn’t kick off with “There are our Flickr tags, this is our twitter hashtag”. This is, for all of the roll-up-sleeves of the event, a slightly less geeky crowd in that respect.

It is also interesting because it is a rare event where I tolerate people talking for an hour and a half. However, because this is a series of deep dive presentations, it is working so far.

Jason Santa Maria with a great presentation on design completely outside my comfort zone. But it did make me think about something he didn’t directly mention but is correlated: Every web site starts with what is essentially a table of contents. How many people navigate magazines using the table of contents? Some. Not many. The New York Times doesn’t lead with a list of articles and authors.

SEO wants tables of contents. This is tension.

Social Network Platforms: Less Interesting Every Day

Monday, June 9th, 2008

I was talking to some friends the other day and I said, “You know, nobody talks about quitting their job to build Facebook applications like they used to. The clamp-down on virality has taken the fun out of it.”

What I meant by that was that they key to the Facebook platforms attractiveness was that people leveraging Facebook’s installed base and the viral capabilities of the original Facebook application platform could rapidly build multi-million user bases for their application. You can’t get that just building an average web site. That offered a tremendous value to people that had “ideas”.

Now that Facebook has clamped down and MySpace took its lessons from Facebook and never allowed applications to get significant traction, the value in application development for these platforms has declined significantly.

Several things I saw recently made me think even more about this:

  • I will be at Graphing Social Patterns East this week and I saw David Genzel’s bio where he describes himself thusly: “I make viral apps“. My understanding is that SocialMedia is kind of out of the application business. Regardless, I have to wonder what apps he has made viral lately without heavy marketing through the SocialMedia network. He got in at the right time and reaped the benefits. Now, no one would say he is not a smart guy, but I think his smart-ness in this particular instance was probably as much recognizing opportunity and seizing it as it was building a better widget (that’s a tongue in cheek comment if ever there was one).
  • Slide recently announced that they will not be launching any new applications, just enhancing old applications. A cynic’s view would be that they have recognized that launching new applications is simply too hard with the new restrictions and there is no need when they could simply add the new applications functionality to existing applications instantly provides the same target distribution and potential page views. I anticipate that they will actually take their huge successes like Funwall and turn them into “platforms on top of platforms”. Funwall will become the new Microsoft Office suite of the Internet, with everything but the kitchen sink available right from your wall!

The platforms on top of platforms direction is not in Facebooks best interest – they are best served by atomization of applications allowing microfunctionality additions – and increasing disinterest among small developers will probably force Facebook to reconsider some of the decisions they have made to throttle application growth.

Travel in June

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Going to be all over the place, so I want to see everybody and hook you up with Cogmap stickers.

Plans look like this:

1) June 3 – EconAds Conference in NY

2) June 4 – Advertising 2.0 Conference in NY

3) June 10-11 – Graphing Social Patterns East in D.C.

4) June 16-17 – Web Widget Expo in NY

5) June 23-24 – An Event Apart in Boston

6) June 25-27 – Hanging out in NY

Shoot brent at this domain an email if you want to hang out.  I know I have to post more, incidentally.

Baltimore OpenCoffee May 19th!

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Cosi
6181 Old Dobbin Lane Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21045

Phone: 410-953-6311

(The Cosi opens at 9am, so don’t come early)

Cosi was selected because it has free wireless, so bring your laptop and be ready to demo your stuff!

Drinks are plentiful, food not so much.  Maybe eat before you come.

Please circulate to the appropriate audience. The goal is to keep it smaller rather than bigger, so forward with consideration. Shoot me back an email if I should add you to an email reminder list. Also, given that we are just getting started, a quick email to tell me if inviting you hit the right audience would be inordinately valuable.

Our initial invite list is hopefully a nice combination of coders, business people, and investors, so theoretically we should have a diverse and interesting audience.

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you!

SocialDevCampEast

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Hanging out at SocialDevCampEast before I head to Bangalore in the afternoon.

Greg Yardley, one of my most favoritest bloggers, came down from NYC!

The sessions feel like they are starting an hour late, which totally crunches my time here.

Baltimore OpenCoffee – April 21st

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

This is an email we circulated recently that I wanted to share on the blog:

Are you familiar with OpenCoffee? OpenCoffee is an activity that connects entrepreneurs, angels, and other Web 2.0 people in an informal setting.

We are starting up just such an event. It will be held every other week at 9:00 am starting April 21st at the Cosi in beautiful Columbia, MD:

Cosi
6181 Old Dobbin Lane Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21045

Phone: 410-953-6311

(The Cosi opens at 9am, so don’t come early)

Cosi was selected because it has free wireless, so bring your laptop and be ready to demo your stuff!

Please circulate to the appropriate audience. The goal is to keep it smaller rather than bigger, so forward with consideration. Shoot me back an email if I should add you to an email reminder list. Also, given that we are just getting started, a quick email to tell me if inviting you hit the right audience would be inordinately valuable.

Our initial invite list is hopefully a nice combination of coders, business people, and investors, so theoretically we should have a diverse and interesting audience.

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you!

Travel Notes

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Getting the word out, lots of travel coming up.  Shoot me an email if we should talk:

  • Boston February 7-10
  • NYC February 13?
  • FOWA in Miami – February 28-March 1
  • SxSW Interactive – March 7-March 11
  • PcampSiliconValley – March 15

Not all of this is locked and loaded, but it is interesting.  Will you be there?