by Lorna Li
The Flickr 333 Party was, regrettably, not

Flickr celebrated their 3rd birthday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Saturday. As part of the party, they hosted a auction of 20 framed photographs, and raised $5,480 for Kids with Cameras. See the Flickr 333 contest winners here.

As a photography enthusiast I had high hopes for a party hosted by “the best online photo management and sharing application in the world”…but I was disappointed. Maybe it was the bright lights, corporate atmosphere, and minimal photography. Or perhaps it was the throngs of photographers milling aimlessly around, voyeuristically looking for subjects to photograph.

Hats off to Myles Weissleder for showing us that there’s more to Web 2.0 than hype. For over one year he has grown the SF Newtech Meetup up to a regional phenomenon with over 1,100 active members.

The event last night, held at CNET HQ, had to be the biggest yet. And if he wasn’t busy enough hosting the event, he jumped in as host of tv for an onsite report from the event.

Interviews include:

- Jonathan Crow, ThinkFree
- Karim Tahawi, My-Currency
- Franco Dal Molin, Collanos (See Webware‘s coverage.)

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Eons, a media company that targets the flipside of 50, today announced $22 million in Series B financing led by Charles River Ventures, with participation from new investors Intel Capital and Humana Inc., as well as existing investors General Catalyst Partners and Sequoia Capital.

“Eons has experienced very strong market interest since its launch just seven months ago,” said Austin Westerling, partner, Charles River Ventures. “We are excited about the prospects for Eons as it engages this new generation of spirited 50-plus adults who possess historical levels of purchasing power. Additionally, Eons has assembled a world-class team in a space that is virtually unaddressed by other social networking sites.”

The rapid adoption of reflects the unmet demand among 50-plus online adults for a destination created by and for them. Eons continues to develop intelligence on the hearts and minds of its members through a robust social networking platform and exclusive, database-driven products. Nearly 75 percent of all members, for example, have taken The Eons Longevity Calculator — a 40-question quiz that predicts longevity and provides personalized health advice. LifeDreams™, which allows members to create and tackle a personalized list of life goals, enables Eons to aggregate a master index of intent as Eons matches users’ dreams with relevant providers.

Founded in 1970, Charles River Ventures (CRV) is one of the oldest and most successful early-stage venture capital firms, with nearly $2B under management.  CRV’s record includes leading companies such as Cascade, Chipcom, CIENA, iBasis, Sybase, Sonus Networks, SpeechWorks International and Vignette.

General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs who are building the technology-based companies that will lead innovation and transform industries.

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with more than 11 million medical members.

Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology startups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet and semiconductor manufacturing.


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by Lorna Li

Last Friday, Adaptive Path celebrated its six year anniversary with a fully stocked open bar and complimentary roach coach with tacos and burritos for all. They even provided prom dresses and a sunset-at-the-beach backdrop for your personal glamor-shoot fun.

I really had no idea what Adaptive Path did, but I was crashing their party anyways. Fortunately, a lot of other partygoers didn’t know either. I later looked more closely at their website and discovered that Adaptive Path is a “User Experience design and consulting firm that unites theory and practice to advance the art of user experience design while helping clients make better business decisions.”

I found the Adaptive Path party to be one of the best SF Bay’s tech parties I’ve attended so far due to its complete lack of pretentiousness and friendly, down-to-earth people.

Not once was I asked what I did for a living as a conversation opener, and I ran into four different groups of friends there, two I hadn’t seen in over a year. I was telling Brian Caldwell, our photographer for the evening, that a friend of mine, a startup founder, compared the SF Bay’s Web 2.0 party scene to LA.

The Bubble Cast – the Web 2.0 Celebrity Scene

“No way!” he said. And the rest of the evening, we decided to uncover as much evidence that we could to prove that the SF Bay tech scene is nothing like LA.

This is what we found….