Once again the Yaletown Brewing Company is packed shoulder-to-shoulder with business folks, techies, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in beer and networking at the first Ideas on Tap of 2009.
I’m not presenting this time around, I’ve actually been commissioned to cover this event live on my site by Media2O Productions so I’ll be providing updates throughout the night.
The elevator pitches will begin at about 6:10pm and we’ll see quick talks from the following:
Jim Udall – QuickMobile
David Tedman – Brightkit
Rick Goossen – Make Good
Mary MacPherson (filling in for Ron Moravek) – Sitemasher
Jim was up first to talk about QuickMobile, unfortunately my site was down thanks to my host so catching up on 60-second pitches was a difficult task at first. I did catch that QuickMobile is a mobile campaign manager that allows for polling and various other marketing tools. Jim mentioned they have many clients in the tourism and entertainment sectors.
There’s a HUGE group here from Sitemasher who all cheered and supported their representative, Mary who is an Account Executive. “I’m here to tell you why you should use Sitemasher for your business websites,” she follows up with “Who likes beer?” The room, which has been enjoying spirits for the last hour, erupted in cheers. She said that Sitemasher will allow you more time to drink more beer and have more free time instead of constantly managing and updating your website. They have SAAS currently available, monthly releases, and full integration with business applications you’re already using like Salesforce.”
“Who wants to go something good tonight?” Rick from Make Good explains that their service helps you to show what “good” things you are doing from carpooling and recycling as a company to donating time and funds to causes.
David is the last presenter who states that Brightkit is the “Ultimate Twitter Tool Kit”. I’ve written a post about the all-in-one manager before and it’s pretty impressive (although I still wish you could manage followers though it).
The crowd is asked to vote by making noise and it’s a toss up between Mary from Sitemasher and David from Brightkit — who ends up being the winner this evening. There were also door prizes ranging from Sitemasher tees to an iPod Nano and various video games for the Wii.
A big thanks to Shannon for bringing me a beer while I’ve been dealing with connectivity issues. I can’t wait to go home and load photos since I’m sitting at a banquette while everyone around me is standing… so I haven’t had the best view of the events of the evening thus far.
Update: Shannon went for the beer but it was picked up by Lindsay from GetConnected – thanks Lindsay!
The room is buzzing with people talking about Twitter, various ventures, startups, and that strange girl sitting in the back corner on her laptop not being very social (which would be me). However, I had a great chat with Sam from Vancouver.com as well as Jon Jennings before leaving YBC.
This liveblog has been made possible by Media2O Productions.