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Oakland Startup Network First Friday Meetup Talks Blockchain And Virtual Reality And Society

(Last Updated On: December 29, 2018)

As I write this, the tech-focused Oakland Startup Network is meeting under a nice evening sky on the Kapor Center rooftop, on Broadway and Franklin, right now, for First Friday, July. As I’m helping my Mom here in Georgia, I left last week, and now I’m not in Oakland, right now.

If were, I’d be there. Frankly, I’d just happened on the Oakland Startup Network for the first time like, oh, 10 minutes ago on Twitter. Judging from the Twitter tweet by Kapor Center, it’s a packed house:

The eventbrite ticket page description of the event reads like this “Join us for an interactive discussion on the Kapor Center rooftop around the intersection of art and tech. Our July session will be moderated by Erin Pangilinan of O’Reilly Media and panelists: Kamal Hubbard, Clorama Dorvilias, and Megan Maloney. Our special guests bring a wealth of knowledge around art, the blockchain, investments, and AI/AR/VR.”

I have to make an observation about O’Reilly Media. In 2005, and after I started Oakland’s first blog Oakland Focus, I signed up to cover Tim O’Reilly’s (the founder of O’Reilly Media) tech gathering. Back then, and prior to the rise of my friend Michael Arrington, Tim was edcuating the public on Web 2.0. What really did piss me off, to be frank, that Tim rejected me personally, saying that I wasn’t “a media guy”. Obviously, Tim wasn’t feeling the idea of a black guy with a blog writing about his event – my feeling directly expressed to him at the time. He wanted me to pay the $2,000, knowing full well I couldn’t afford it, and pointing to my own then-new startup, Sports Business Simulations. It’s nice revenge that I wound up covering TechCrunch events, where Arrington was only too happy to have me. At times…

Now, the “fireside chat” format that Arrington created, is all over the place – including at Oakland Startup Network First Friday July. One word stood out to me about this event: blockchain. The other VR, or virtual reality.

Let’s check some of the tweets under #FridayFounders:

Looks interesting. Wish they would have pinged me – I’d have sent someone to cover it viog style.

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