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  • Joe 14:53 on September 8, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Amsterdam, , , MobilePhone, Netherlands   

    Raimo van der Klein of Layar interviewed 

    Yesterday, during the 12th edition of MoblieMonday Amsterdam, Raimo van der Klein of Layar was interviewed by Vincent Everts. Some history, insight about the current state of the company but also a peek forward about where the platform is going.

    Some highlights:

    • Approx. 600 developers
    • Approx. 100 published layers
    • 75k downloads for the Android platfrom
    • Still not clear when iPhone version will launch, waiting on OS version 3.1

    Watch the interview below.

    Source: Dutch Cowboys.

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  • Joe 23:21 on June 3, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: Amsterdam, Chris Locke, Deborah Schultz, Dick Hardt, eBay, energy, Europe, Jeff Clavier, Kevin Rose, Microsoft, on-line identity, Rod Beckström, Saul Klein, SiliconValley, start networking, Web Conference,   

    The Next Web 2007 

    The Next Web Conference 2007Last Friday, The Next Web Conference 2007 was held in Amsterdam. A few quotes and one liners from my notes of this day.

    We (Europeans) are educated as Employees, not Entrepreneurs
    a remark from the audience in reaction to the keynote by Saul Klein of Index Ventures.

    Startups are creating lots of value (multi billion ventures: Microsoft, Yahoo!, eBay etc) Currently these are all based in SiliconValley. What is the difference with Europe?
    The only relevant difference seems to be a cultural one. We must take more risk, do some experiments. It’s OK to fail, just pick yourself up and start over again with enriched experience. And start networking, at the Open Coffee Meetup for example…

    A bunch of me’s with Me in the middle
    Angel investor Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC talks about the trends of identity, personalization and general automation on the future web. He foresees a Multi personal instantiation modality, blurring online, offline and virtual worlds. So: “a bunch of me’s with Me in the middle”.
    And: automation pushed to the edge, with more robots and sensors (like Roomba). Less focus on utility, more experience and entertainment.

    Don’t shout, start Weaving
    Deborah Schultz on networking and marketing as networking activity. Relationships are hard and subtle and messy (trust, accountability vs spam and scamming). Think of it as relationship bricolageChris Locke (a nice slide with a McGuyver picture…). You never know which social contact will help you. We weave between networks and within networks.

    The Big Brother balance: don’t scare me with my own data
    Tapan Bhat of Yahoo! about the Front Doors project: from directories to On Demand. The Next web is connected and pervasive. Predictive and reflective of you, proactive, information is presented Just In Time (before you know you want it). Here you have to strike a balance: don’t scare me with my own data. It was not entirely clear how this will be achieved, I guess I missed the point of this keynote somehow.

    Forget your passwords
    Dick Hardt on Identity 2.0. Dick’s presentations are always a pleasure to watch, full of energy and very compact statements. Otherwise, this keynote added very little to the excellent introduction to Identity 2.0 introduction, OSCON 2005. His core vision is still much ahead of the industry. In a few words: management of identity, credentials and reputation through agencies and delegation. Yes, this is far beyond passwords and single sign on…

    And, SXIP announced a nifty plugin for Firefox, Sxipper, which promises to help you with all your on-line identity and passwords management. A couple of those visionary points translated into a real product.

    Tragedy is the mother of invention
    Rod Beckström – author of The Starfish and the Spider. Taking these animals as metaphors, the spider has a central nervous system, while the starfish is less hierarchical organized. Allegedly, if you cut off a starfish’s arm, it will regenerate a complete new animal, while the spider will be crippled after loosing a leg. The next web gives us analogous opportunities to organize in a non-hierarchical way. In this view, the world is flat indeed. A tragedy may result in new opportunities by acting locally, thus evading damage at the global scale.

    Update: there are lots and lots of blogs about this event, amongst others Sjors Timmer, Read/Writeweb, Mashable, Techcrunch (Updates on Digg, Kevin Rose by video link), BlueAce (nice imagery), MarketingFacts (Dutch), Argolon, Upstream (Starfish and Spider in Dutch), DutchCowboys (Dutch), Marketing-podcast (Dutch) and Frankwatching (in Dutch again)…


    • Jim Stolze 20:17 on June 4, 2007 Permalink

      Hey man,
      Great wrap up. I enjoyed the event just as you.

      Looking forward to the next!


      p.s. Zappa is the mother of invention 🙂

    • Joe 21:24 on June 4, 2007 Permalink

      @jim: well, Zappa’s band was called “the mothers of invention”, but I rather keep this secret, as otherwise people could guess that I’m that old already…

      Wait, Wikipedia tells me that the Mothers of Invention also operated independently:

      The Mothers of Invention was a rock and roll band active from 1964 to 1975. They mainly performed works by and were the original recording group of composer and guitarist Frank Zappa, although other members have an occasional writing credit.

      And yes, looking forward to edition #3 as well!

  • Joe 11:45 on March 29, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: access site, Amsterdam, , Benelux, Bernhard Seefeld, Brandon Badger, CRM, een site, GMaps Utility Library, , , New Foundland and Labrador, open web, Rotterdam, satellite imagery, Sidney Mock, USD, web crawler, web-applicatie te maken, www.nederkaart.nl   

    Google Geo Day 1 

    Google Geo Day, part 1

    Today the google geoday is held in Amsterdam Expo XXI

    The morning programme consisted of three speeches, most about google maps and google earth, focused towards developers who want to create mashups based on the maps API.

    A bunch of quick notes, some in Dutch (with the Dutch speakers mostly)

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