Amsterdam TechCrunch meetup

July 25, 2008 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

So, I made a short tourism and networking trip to Amsterdam in the beginning of the week. Van Gogh museum, Anne Frank museum and Amsterdam city museum are all very interesting, but it was nothing compared to meeting startups from all over the Netherlands. TechCrunch UK arranges such meetups all around Europe.

The nice houses in Amsterdam

The nice houses in Amsterdam, picture from

Some of the ppl/startups I met:

Robert Gall from they try to make software social. It’s like RescueTime but instead of aiming on productivity they focus on sharing apps with your friends. Which applications are my friends using and spending time on?

Philippe Theunissen from WiseLine aggregates all your published web-items in one long Lifeline.

Richard J Fox from servepath, providing hosting-services (

Jelle de Bruin from AppAppeal, which is a user generated web-based app-reviewing-site. They are looking for freelancers, so if you want to make some money reviewing webapps, this is your chance!

Jeroen Peeters, creating websites (consultancy-based)

Joop Dorresteijn from thenextweblog. We live in a small world, Joop is one of the creators of Open Coffee Club in Sweden and as I want to start OCC in Linköping, it was a great chance to discuss.

Marcel van Brienen from Gemzies. Gemzies could be one of the more interesting concepts from the meetup since it tackles a important question: Facebook and other socialnetworks are great at connecting me with people I already know, but not with the people I would like to get to know and it’s not connecting me with the interests I have. (Facebook Groups/Pages is a joke!!) On Gemzies articles like “Vincent Van Gogh” and “Porsche” shows content built by other users (text/video/img…the usual). As of today there is no long-tail effect at all (200 articles..) and I guess reading the discussion-list on the wikipedia article gives just as good or better networking-effects=) But the site is in Alpha.

The above questions is something I’m thinking more and more about; connecting to people based on interests and connecting to the people I want to know but don’t know as of today. Your thoughts?

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