By Julie Blaustein
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The time is ripe. Web 2.0 fever is hot. The VCs are out there. Things still look quite bub.blicio.us. The Entrepreneurs are seriously seeking networking opportunities. Developers are hanging out knowing there are bound to be folks desperate to finish their product. This is where SFWIN comes in.

San Francisco Web Innovators (SFWIN) is a monthly interactive Web networking event for emerging companies and entrepreneurs to hook up with one another.

Unfortunately the ratio of men to woman was about 20:1. Perhaps they should partner with Women 2.0. The event was sponsored by Orick which is a great match as they are legal advisors for emerging companies, the type to demonstrate at their events.

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SFWIN Founders of SFWIN – Photo Credit: Julie Blaustein (unless otherwise noted)

There were 3 demos that refreshingly moved along at a fast clip:

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Change.org: Ben Rattray, Founder

This is not what one expects from a social network – its a social network for hundreds of social causes and over 1 million nonprofit organizations. It has great content throughout, truly networking users with other users and their causes. Once the cause is posted, there are reviews, supporters, photos, videos, projects, action to take and of course a blog to promote it. There are some cool features like AJAX maps and tech clouds giving it a the “cool” factor.

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eRealInvestor: Mike Genstil, Founder

These guys love technology, real estate and numbers, not necessarily in that order. They have come up with a site that will help anyone who is investing through their patent-pending eRealAnalyzer to combine the latest Web technologies with their domain experience in real estate.

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Two Lattes: Pascal Perez, Founder

The place where you can make lists and post it on the Internet. You can make them for family or friends or you can share them on your social network sites, blogs or forums.Here is an example of a list that was set up by them.

SFWIN Scene

The SFWIN Scene
Christian and Friend
Christain Perry and Colleague

Hrash of Connan Investors
Hrach of Conan Partners

Claudia and Tom of Penguin Computers
Clauda and Tom of Penguin Computers


Julie Blaustein mixing it up! – Photo Credit: Brian Caldwell

Ralph and friend
Ralph Maxx and Susan Mayz

To see more pictures go to Julie Blaustein’s Photobucket or Brian Caldwell’s album with SFBIG’s gig on flickr.

Stirr 2.3 Founder's Mixer


Valleywag’s Megan McCarthy


Sarah Meyers and Tara Anderson

STIRR is the premier monthly tech event, and not just in Silicon Valley, across the U.S. Through an invite-only process, STIRR attracts a powerful mix of VCs, bloggers, reporters, founders, and developers.

The crew attended the event to capture the evening for the next episode of bub.blicio.us tv.

  • Buxfer, Ashwin Bharambe, Founder
  • Criteo, Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, CEO
  • Metaweb, Jamie Taylor, Minister of Information
  • Wrike, Andrew Filev, Founder

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  • For more pictures, view Brian Solis’ album on flickr.


    Brian Solis with Nick Gonzales of TechCrunch

    SFBeta’s Christian Perry


    Lane Hartwell of Fetching.net shooting for Valleywag


    Pascal Josselin of Yoono and Brian Solis – Photo Credit: Lane Hartwell


    TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington – Photo Credit: Lane Hartwell

    by Brian Solis (enjoying a glass of Bordeaux while I write this…)

    Ameryl Hoang, Chris Lavery, Stowe Boyd

    We attended Tech Connection 5 at L’Atelier-BNP Paribas in San Francisco to enjoy French wine, cheese, and a very interesting line up of promising French tech companies.

    Tech Connection is designed for entrepreneurs of the tech community and their staff to meet regularly and network with their peers, press, angels, and VCs.

    The presentations were held at one minute and followed by a “speed geeking” demo format.

    Tech Connection is organized by the Embassy of France Economic Department and the French American Chamber of Commerce.

    Presenting companies included:

    • Mobissimo, Béatrice Tarka, CEO & Founder
    • Djingle, Régis Cazanave, CEO & Founder
    • Yoono, Pascal Josselin, CEO & Founder
    • Criteo, Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, CEO & Founder
    • Grandcentral, Vincent Paquet, COO & Founder
    • Protomobl, Eduardo Sciammarella, CEO & Founder
    • Qipit, Benoit Bergeret, CEO & Founder

    For more pictures from the event, please visit the album on flickr.

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    by Lorna Li

    Grouper’s party at Ondine, Sausalito, gets a bub.blicio.us score of 9. And the reason for their celebration?

    Grouper Networks
    , a video sharing site with 8 million users, was recently bought by Sony…and guess what? They’re hiring.

    In an effort to lure new talent to their company, Grouper hosted a recruiting party at the tres chic Ondine, where guests dropped their names and job interests into a basket and then enjoyed the open bar, delectable seafood spread, artisan cheeses by Cowgirl Creamery, heavenly deserts. Still not convinced?

    The evening was topped by the surprise appearance of Burning Man‘s very own, Extra Action Marching Band. Be warned, this is not the marching band your parents wanted you to join in high school.

    New recruits, don’t be perturbed by Grouper’s racy edge – after all they do videos, not financial services. But if the culture and creativity don’t convince you, perhaps the money will.

    Last August, Grouper was bought by Sony for $65 million – not bad for a site, that, at 8 million users, still does not even make a dent in the online video market. According to Hitwise, YouTube, at 46%, still holds the lion’s share of the online video market, trailed by MySpace Video’s at 21% and Google Video at 10%. Startup competitors such as Revver Inc. of Los Angeles, Grouper Networks Inc. of Sausalito, Calif., and MetaCafe Inc. of Tel Aviv only grab a few percentage points of online video market share.

    Yet, in a bub.blicio.us world, the hype surrounding online video has triggered lofty valuations and huge acquisitions, even though these companies still don’t have a clear way of monetizing their sites. But when Sony’s your daddy, monetization is merely an afterthought.

    Why Sony would find an unknown video sharing startup with a mere 8 million users a compelling buy (to the tune of $65 million) has been the cause of much debate and speculation. While Grouper says it’ll work with Sony to promote the company’s movies and TV shows on the site, perhaps Grouper’s existing peer-to-peer network could be an appealing way to distribute high-quality downloadable movies?