I went to a Lunch 2.0 networking event in Silicon Valley today at a start-up named Oogle. Oogle business is search and aggregation of information on the web. So for example if you are looking for a car in your area, it will pull up and dedupe all the relevant findings on the web.
For those of you that have never heard of it, Lunch 2.0 is a Silcone Valley phenominom. A few years ago a couple of guys thought it would be fun to crash the lunch rooms at various companies. It turns out a lot people thought it would be fun to check out different companies and get a free lunch. These days, at least once a week, various technology companies, take turns hosting a free lunch and open the doors to anyone whose interested. People go to find out what companies are up to, what's hot in technology and to network for jobs or recruit people. I am a technical recruiter, so I go to network with candidates.
Usually, I walk around with my headhunter hat and talk to people about compelling opportunities with some of the hot companies I work with. Today, I wasn't in the mood to do the stiff handshake and smooth pitch. I decided it would be much more fun to talk about Pulsewire instead. I had some fabulous, lively discussions with several people and employees of at least two companies (oogle and cafepress) expressed an interest in learning more about PulseWire and considering how they might get involved. I also spoke to a few software developers about volunteering their technical expertise. It got me thinking of the tremendous potential of connecting activists with technologists and what a huge impact that could make.
I considered how technology like Oogle could be leveraged by PulseWire and would go long way in aggregating resources for activists. I also thought about how cafe press could become a revenue producing vehicle for grassroots organizations.
So many possibilities.