Defrag Conference 2010 is taking place this week in Denver, CO and CapitalÂ EntrepreneursÂ is attending. Â The Kaufmann Foundation sponsored 25 youngÂ entrepreneursÂ to come to the conference and fourÂ CapitalÂ EntrepreneursÂ members were luckyÂ recipients: Steve Faulkner of Real Time Txts, Dan Gordon and Mike Fenchel of Momenta Technologies, and Heidi Allstop of Student SPILL.
Here are some highlights of day 1:
- Alex Wright, Director of UX for the New York Times, gave a fantastic opening talk about the history of social networks. Â Take away message: Social networks have been around forever, the medium has just changed, not the behavior or the motivation.
- Blekko is here demoing their new search engine. Â All of us were skeptical, but after the CEO gave us a personal demo we were singing a different tune. Â If the use of slashtags really takes off, Blekko could be a much better way to search the web. Â Google is getting gamed by content farms and spammers and there has to be a solution. Â Blekko may be it.
- Vivek Wadhwa literally ranted and raved for 45 minutes on the sad state of innovation in the US and most other countries. Â The talk was very polarizing and there were mixed reactions from the crowd. Â He did applaud the Startup Chile program which Capital EntrepreneursÂ membersÂ Nate Lustig and Jesse Davis of Entrustet just started this week!
- Jeff Ma, the inspiration for the movie “21”, gave the final keynote. Â Great talk, great story. Â Black jack is completely data driven so the information was very appropriate. Â Also, he did not get beat up like in the movie… or so he claims.
Overall, the conference has been awesome so far. Â We have all met some amazing people and are thrilled that Kaufmann allowed us to attend. Â We will be posting tomorrow to recap Day 2.