Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Just Need To Think About This Blog Business Summit

There's been fabulous coverage of the Summit here in Seattle this week. Check out the blogs listed on the right of the Blog Business Summit page.

One thing that's kindof knocking me out is how many business models are sprouting here. I had an assumption this would be one more event where experienced bloggers would clue in the slightly clueless corporate types -- but it really isn't like that at all. The seasoned bloggers are full of innovative cool ideas. The corporate types are very clued in and equally full of great ideas.

The great talks by Chris Pirillo, Marc Canter, Glenn Fleishman, Steve Broback and of course, Robert Scoble, all suggested new innovative ways for individuals to use blogs to make money with ads, sponsorships and other strategies. It makes it feel like there are many business opportunties for individual entrepreneurs. The "How-To" folks like Molly Holzchlag and DL Byron made this clear and simple and intriguing. I got a real "hey, anyone can do this" feeling.

The excellent speeches by folks like Buzz Bruggeman, Anil Dash, Jason Fried, Matthew Oliphant, and Pete Blackshaw gave me a new perspective on how corporate blogs can make waves and how many currently are and many will in the future.

Speaking of the future, Nick Finck, Biz Stone and Mary Hodder were all over that with their great pitch on wikis, the death of email and other ways to use social software.

People who taught me tons -- D.Keith Robinson, Lenn Pryor, Jake Luddington, and of course, Mr. Wonderful, Stowe Boyd.

People who always say fascinating stuff and I wish had been talking more: Debbie Weil, Jennifer Rice, Renee Blodgett, Susannah Gardner, Mitch Ratcliffe and Steve Broback.