Chinwag Live: Wobble 2.0
When Web 2.0 collides with Bubble 2.0 is the result real, sustainable business or faddish pipe dreams?
The inaugural Chinwag Live evening (Tue 6th Feb 2007) lifts the lid on what's happening and starts making sense of the issues...
Should start-ups be built to flip or built to last? Do we care if business models are inbuilt or just emerge? Are we fashioning the digital future or jockeying for short-term gains?
Is the stress on VC and angel funding blinding us to the plus points of bootstrapping? How else to develop an idea?
How is talent being supported and incubated? And what are portals, broadcasters and telcos bringing to the equation? Can they foster innovation and help bring it to market?
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Photographic evidence from the Wobble 2.0 event, if you've got photos you'd like to add, let us know.
More On Wobble 2.0
Simon Caulkin in his weekly column for The Observer on 26th November 2006 summed up one of the fundamental drivers of current web innovation:
"It's not established companies that have pioneered the key businesses of the second-generation internet but geeks and customers who scorn the commercial offerings pushed at them by industry leaders and instead create new ones to meet quite different demands of interchange and self-expression."
The veteran business columnist's remarks echo those in a recent post from VC and entrepreneur Joi Ito:
"I personally think that people are trying to build Bubble 2.0 on top of Web 2.0. Instead of becoming a platform for the future of the Web, it's possible that Web 2.0 is becoming the platform for the short-term future of greedy people. However, I do think that it is important to understand that the recent success and surge in innovation on the Web is due to a semi-new set of principles. Part of the principles are a return to fundamental principles. The innovation on the Web and the Internet is driven by what David Weinberger has called "Small Pieces Loosely Joined" - a network created by small groups working together around open standards. It is and was a community of people and projects trying to connect to each other."
The speakers at our event are right in the thick of it, but the broader community also has an important part to play. From specifics to the bigger picture, be part of the debate and have your say in shaping the direction of the industry.
It's certain to be an interesting session. Places are limited, so it's best to book early.
Dave Nicholson - Inventor & Co-Founder, Zopa
A highly innovative and practical business creator and strategist, Dave invented and co-founded Zopa, the first person to person marketplace for lending and borrowing launched in March 2005 and recently featured on Newsnight. Before Zopa, Dave was Strategy Manager at Egg, the world's largest and most successful digital bank. Prior to Egg, Dave worked at L.E.K. Consulting, where he developed the business case for Smile, Co-operative Bank's internet bank. Dave holds a BA in Economics and Management from Oxford University.
Matteo Berlucchi - CEO, Skinkers
In 2001 Matteo co-founded Skinkers and became CEO. His involvement with the Internet started in 1994 when he launched Europe's first online property advertising system. Between 1994 and 2001 he served as senior executive in various Internet companies including Hyperlink where he developed strategies for many blue chip companies and beenz.com where he was vice president of online marketing. Matteo has a doctoral degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Padua (Italy) and spent 3 years researching in the field of Virtual Reality at Imperial College.
Ryan Carson - Co-Director, Carson
Ryan Carson is a Director at Carson Systems, a web application and event company based in Bath, England. Carson Systems' projects include DropSend, Amigo, Future of Web Apps, Carson Workshops and Vitamin.
Andrew Orlowski - Editor-at-Large, The
Technology critic Andrew Orlowski is Editor-at-Large at The Register, for whom he reported on two Silicon Valley technology bubbles from San Francisco. A regular pundit on TV and radio, and a veteran contributor to Private Eye, he is currently writing a history of technology and utopias. He believes the next wave of technology investment will be the most transformative yet.
Chair: Mike Butcher - Journalist & Blogger,
In 1994 Mike started writing about the business of web sites for a media magazine. In 1996 he joined New Media Age, then a newsletter, and in 1998 took over as editor, re-launching it from a 14 page title into a full-blown magazine. In 2000 Mike helped launch the US-owned Industry Standard magazine in London. In the media slump of 2001 he went freelance. Mike has since written for The Financial Times, The Times, The Irish Times, The Guardian, Broadcast, Marketing Week, New Media Age, Media Week, The New Statesman and TechCrunch among others.
Event Producer: Deirdre Molloy - Editor, Chinwag