Coffee shops shouldn’t close at 7pm

Tonight I was on my way to church for an event they were having and wanted to stop by Port City Java in Eastern Market to grab a coffee before I went over.  I had to get the coffee to-go because the coffee shop closed at 7pm.

Coffee shops really shouldn’t close at 7pm.

In today’s society, seems like the only place you can go to hang out after work is a bar.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have no problems with beer or wine, in moderation but there are plenty of times I want a place to hang out after work that isn’t a bar.

It will be 9pm.  I’ll be doing work from home and I’ll kind of have an itch to get out.  But where do you go?

If Port City Java were to stay  open later, the coffee shop could become a center of the neighborhood.  Instead of folks staying home, they could come out at night to a safe community centric place.

What if you brought in local musicians? What if you had a little movie screen?  What if you had talks or poetry readings?  All of a sudden the coffee shop is the hip and cool place to be.  You’re selling more coffee and making more money.

Importantly, people would be getting out of their houses and hanging out with their neighbors in community.

When I live in Lansing, Michgan,  every so often I’d meet my friends for coffee at Beaners (now called Bigby’s) in East Lansing  because it was open late, well actually all night (i think).  It was a happening place.  It was always packed full of people.  I want something like this in DC.

What do you think? Would you go to a late night chill coffee shop?

iPhone SDK DevCamp???

At WidgetDevCamp, I floated the idea of doing a iPhone SDK Dev Camp. Seems like there was some interest for it then.

Now that the Apple iPhone SDK is out, I’ve already gotten a few folks asking about it. One of the reasons I thought this would be cool is because it’s so new we’d all be starting at the same place.

Drop me a comment if you’d wanna attend this event.

The DC Tech Community was at SXSW in force

It seems like this year the DC tech community was at South by Southwest (SXSW) in force.

As I mentioned before, when I got into town on Saturday after just walking the conference halls for 5 minutes, I ran into sooooo many DC people.

Other folks were noticing the massive Washington DC presence.   I’d meet people and mention that I was from DC.  They’d say “DANG, I’ve run into a ton of DC people here.”

The lyric from the Bob Dylan song “Ballad of a Thin Man” is so appropriate.

Because something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?

Something is happening here in Washington DC.

When is the last time I listened to the radio?

 His tech excellency Leo Laporte just posted a twitter message:

Getting ready to speak to radio executives at the Radio Ink conference. Q: Is radio dead? Discuss!

Heh… I honestly don’t remember the last time that I listened to the radio.

The radio just isn’t useful for my life.  One, I don’t own a car.  I miss out on that opportunity to listen the radio.  Even if I did have a car, I’d probably get a car adapter for my iPhone.

When I’m at work or a party and we need music, no one says “Hey turn on the radio.”  Someone will get speakers and hook them up to an iPod.

I don’t listen to talk or news radio. 95% of the time it’s just blather or useless soundbytes.

There is too much content that I can listen to when I want and where I want.  Why would I force myself to have to listen to the radio just to hear a specific show?

Do you listen to the radio? Is it dead or dying?

SXSW…So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

Well I have to say that among the conferences i’ve been to this has by far been one of the best.  South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive is AWESOME!

Among the conferences that folks go to,  it seems like most go here.  The first hour I was here I walked the halls and ran into so many friends of mine.  It’s great!  The Web community is so much fun.

Man and the Web community knows how to party.  There were lots of parties, like 5 or 6 a night.  It was a great chance to meet people I didn’t know.  Probably some of the best parties were the adhoc ones.

Next year I definitely want to do more.  I think any company could get a lot of mileage out of having a presence at this event.  You can gain a lot of awareness pretty quickly.

Seems like every year there is a company or app that gains a lot of attention which everyone is excited, last year it was Twitter… I’d posit that this year it’s Gary Vaynerchuk and Wine Library TV.   I went to a panel and 3 out of the 5 members were wearing Wine Library TV wristbands.  He also threw an adhoc wine party that everyone was talking about and made some news.

Well… I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts to share later.

Did you go to SXSW?  What was the highlight for you?

It’s about trust…

Steve Rubel has a great blog post – “Startups That Fail to Invest in Trust Will All Die“…

Web startups need access to talent. Often they need capital too (and a smart strategy for managing it). But I am going to argue here that their most essential currency is trust. However, a lot of emerging companies in particular tend to ignore it.

Great post… I think he’s right on.

I’m finally at SXSW!

I’m finally at SXSW! Praise the Lord!  It took so long to get here but it sounds like I’m not the only one who had travel horror stories.

I’ve only been here for a few hours and it’s so wild.  I’ve seen SOOOOOOOO many people I know.  Everyone is here.  It’s crazy.  Like everywhich way I see people I recognize.  It’s out of control.

Right now I’m sitting in a panel on hacking your body with Gary and AJ Vaynerchuk.  The panel is pretty cool.  It’s about trying new and interesting things to stay healthy.  Lots of tips I could use.

I wanna meet up with everyone.  Where is dinner tonight?  Who’s going to what party?