Yesterday I visited the Next Web conference in Amsterdam. Central theme was ‘how do we go from here’. When listening to the different speakers there was a clear visible line.
- Investors: Europe should make itself internationally visible (with great talents or startups and a next 10 billion or more sell-out)
- Identity: Online identity is clearly a problem (maybe the most serious one) given a boost by the emerging social web. Adopt to a standard for example OpenID.
- The Widgitized web: If you make something, make sure it can work together everything else that is relevant.
- Personalized (math vs. people): There is just too much relevant data it is still very hard to actually give people what they want before they ask it. Digg has 6- or 7.000 new articles a day submitted. Netvibes has available 85.000 feeds / widgets / podcasts and is handling 1.5 million unique feeds. Aggregators need aggregators…
Saul Klein (investor) mentioned something I hadn’t serious thought about since my graduation project. The broadband density of the physical European web is much higher. In other words, we have better coverage of connections (cable/dsl & umts/hdspa). The price of bandwidth dropped the last year. We should make stuff that takes advantage of this.
Interview with Saul Klein on IT conversations. When he was VP Marketing at Skype (12/10/2005).
Dick Hardt had the best presentation. As a talented storyteller he flipped slides at the speed of light (Probably a recording of this will end up online within the next days). His company Sxipper build a Firefox plug-in for dealing with al the identity forms on websites. This looks like the perfect solution for all your problems. Last night I was installing it and was scared by a long unclear legal message about rights and giving them away. The plug-in combines all your personal information, you don’t want messages written by lawyers when installing it. Nonetheless his presentation about identity 2.0 was very interesting.
On Technorati you find more about the Next Web.