Traffic on 101 came to a serious halt this morning, so I was a few minutes late, and took advantage of a hot cup of coffee, and a flat panel TV to watch an excellent presentation by Vinod Khosla on ethanol and then a panel on “home runs in the VC business.” Sometimes the content at events like this is so excellent, that I have to sit back, watch, and just enjoy the richness of the thinking. I haven’t paid much attention to the CEO Showcase, but decided that the panels this morning, were things that I could watch later, and decided to ease on down to the room where the pitches are going on.
To set the stage, I am sitting in a room with about 120 sits, about 75% filled. So far the two pitches that I have seen are about technologies underpinning ad revenue on TV, and enhancing the multimedia experience over the net. Next up is Palamida, an idea behind the software supply chain. Selling a new class of tool.
Next up BitPass…a platform that enables digital content to be monetized.
Out to hall, and back for Scoble moderated pitches on consumer software.
Scrapblog…on line scrapbooks. What will be the evolution of photosharing. First site that combines photosharing and blogging. Wouldn’t be a scrapbook if you couldn’t add the balloons. Kind of like a rich media blog.
Streamload ….very nice online backup service. I had been looking at another service that charges say $5 a month. But I worry as to what happens if these companies go away and you have 20 gigs of data stored on line.
Click.TV Metadata with TV.
ThisNext….Individual points of view being aggregated. Trusted experts in the network.
ARNetWorks.. pitched to Latin users…
And the winner is…(you will hear later today….)