Could it happen in Cambridge? I guess that is what the college system nurtures but only if we ask the right people. The Cambridge Cluster needs an entrepreneur to make multi-millions from a social network site to kick start the cluster. Scoble joined this party because he was an early adopter, the first, of ICQ. This Scoble post has it all.
When I got into the Kinnernet conference in Israel I found out that we were all going to have roommates so that everyone could fit into the lake-side resort here. I was a little disappointed, after all I had just spent the last few trips rooming with Rocky Barbanica and I was looking forward to having a room all to myself.
But when I opened the door and found Craig Newmark, founder of Craig’s List, sitting there on his computer I knew that this would be an interesting weekend. Craig’s List is the top classified ad site on the Internet and is how I got my job at NEC.
And interesting it has remained. I’m at the Kinnernet camp which is a small, exclusive, elitist, by invitation only, affair that’s just been a thrill a minute (it’s done by Yossi Vardi, the investor who’s kids started ICQ back in 1996). How did I get invited? Yossi proudly shows me around and says “this is the guy who had the first ICQ Web site.”
At Kinnernet there are robots running around, people flying weird contraptions (one of the world’s top remote control helicopter pilots is here), weird devices of all kinds, and TONS of geeks and entrepreneurs.
But back to Craig. He’s got such a great sense of humor. His business card reads “customer service representative.”
I’ve been giving him heck for not being on Twitter. He joined this morning and said “now everyone can see how boring I am.”
Valleywag, last night, asked me to ask him if he’s gotten rich yet. He answered “if I really had a lot of money would I be rooming with Scoble?”
Anyway, some of our fun here at Kinnernet is up on my Qik account. The wifi here is very shaky.
For more info on Kinnernet, there are quite a few people blogging and stuff. Check out Google’s Blog Search for Kinnernet.”