MiniBar4

Friday 2nd was the first time I had attended a MiniBar session, this time it was MiniBar4, held near Liverpool Street. I wasn’t really sure of the format, but it was basically a chance for developers and investors to get together with a bit of free beer thrown in!

Each potential project was given a five minute slot to present their idea or website, and questions were taken at the end. The following sites were presented:

  • sellaband.com
    The basic premise is that “believers” invest in shares of new acts, so they can raise $50K to record an album. Each share is for $10 and will guarantee the believer one copy of the resulting CD. So buy $50 of shares and you get 5 CDs. Once the $50K has been raised, the website puts the band in touch with producers and the recording goes ahead. At any time before the full amount is raised, either band or believers may withdraw their offers. Two acts have already raised the neccessary capital and a third is well on the way.
  • spikesource.com
    Is a site for the Open Source community to collaborate and set standards for business-ready applications
  • flirtnik.com
    Billed as “Smart personals for smart people”, it’s apparently the first Web2.0 dating site, using folksonomy tagging. Users are able to add relevent tags for themselves and others, which can then be searched. Results can be filtered out on the basis of gender etc.
  • play.tm
    Site aimed at gamers and has loads of news about the latest gear, games, etc. Also has community section.
  • metaweather.com
    The site seems to default to Chinese (!), which was slightly disconcerting. It is an automated weather data aggregator that take the weather predictions from various forecasters and calculates the most likely outcome.
  • rouq.com
    An unusual search engine which brings up thumbnails of the results pages.
  • trustedplaces.com
    A site where users can rate restaurants, shops, or other places, and tag them with relevent meta data. You can play the tastefinder game, which will then match your tastes with other users on the site, in order that you get the recommendations which are most appropriate to you.
  • openrightsgroup.org
    The last presentation was from the Open Rights Group, telling us about the work they are doing spreading the word on copyright, DRM, and other tech stuff happening on the web today.

So, if you’re an investor looking to put up some cash for good ideas, or a developer looking for financial input, MiniBar is the place for you. The next one is scheduled for 20th April.

There’s also an event called the London OpenCoffee Meetup which does more or less the same thing. Only this time it’s over coffee, every Thursday morning between 10:00 and 12:00 in Starbucks, Regent Street. I’ll bear it in mind when I have my big idea and need funding!

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