If you weren't able to score a ticket to the TechCrunch40 Conference being held out in California today and tomorrow, it's gonna be okay.
This will probably be one of the most blogged Web 2.5-3.0-ish like events you'll ever witness.
You can start by following the action on the official site.
If you have no clue what I'm talking about, the backstory is this: Forty of the hottest new startups from around the World Wide World are going to announce and demo their products over a two day period (today and tomorrow) at an event called "TechCrunch 40."
The big winner gets $50,000 and, with all likelihood, a line of venture capitalists out the door that will make YOUR iPhone waiting line pale by comparison.
Here's a link to a helpful elevator pitch summary of the leaked 40.
Some that raised my eye...
After a weekend at an outdoor music festival (but also because I love all things crowdsourcing), CrowdSpirit is sounding particularly interesting. It aims to do nothing less than "start a revolution in manufacturing by creating the 1st electronic products driven and inspired by customers' wishes and expectations."
Huh. And to think I just thought I wanted one of those new touch iPods.
I'm also curious about Powerset, the natural language search engine. Especially since PowerSet was apparently able to decipher exactly what Miss South Carolina was trying to say to we U.S. Americans about education in South Africa.
By way of hilarious example, Duncan Riley at TechCrunch explains that Powerset can do smarter searches "because the engine has a better understanding of the searches' intended goal than with just keywords alone.
A Powerset search for "politicans who died in office" returns info on the subset of politicans who actually died in office. As opposed to returning a group of pages that ranked highly with the phrase. LOL
I'm also interested in FlowPlay, a "social casual gamer site aimed at teens."
Social gaming for the teen set, HUGE opportunity (if done well) and, if done with a keen eye outside the U.S. in those higher-penetrated broadband markets (I'm thinking wayyy East).
Stay tuned to see who survives the seriously expert panel of experts.
Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
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