Two years ago, working in a Web 2.0 startup was just an interesting dream as I listened to business lectures in Stockholm with @kikidonk and @tlg (they since then went on to start their own startup – KnowledgePlaza) and @daveying99 who also has his own Sweden based startup. Since then a lot of things have happened. One of the more interesting discoveries was the biggest Web 2.0 party on the world – South By Southwest Interactive festival takes place each year in Austin, Texas and is the place to be if you’re in a Web industry. I’m very happy to say that this year I’m going!
I have no idea what to expect, besides the usual things from US conference – huge conference halls, lots of people everywhere and uncountable friendly peeps. So I’m sure it’s going to be a blast. Do say Hi if you’re an anonymous reader of this blog and want to meet. Probably the best way to reach me is to @ me on twitter. I’m @gandalfar.
The second event I’ll be visiting is Microsoft’s MIX ’09 conference. This was totally unplanned, but Microsoft Slovenia was nice enough to invite me. It’s happening directly after the SxSW so it’s just a stop by Las Vegas. I’ve yet to go to an international conference but I’ve heard great things about them. I’ll just have to hide my MacBook Air 😉
Third event and the most important is that my wonderful employer, @zemanta, who is sponsoring all this for me, is going to have its first San Francisco developer meetup, together with Freebase (event listing).If you’re in the area on saturday, 21th, do drop by as we’re going to mash up all kinds of cool semantic and open data collections.
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