NJ Tech Meetup Recap (6/15/06)

by mike on June 20, 2006

We had another tech meetup last Thursday at Phanfare. Only about 6 or 7 people wound up showing up, but the event turned about to be good. Mostly all new faces and more of a casual atmosphere.

Jason from uGather was kind enough to show us the world premiere of his product/community. He described uGather as “classifieds evolved”. Their goal is to be a one-stop-shop for user generated content. I love the user generated content part, but not the approach. This is a very tough problem to solve and probably falls into the realm of trying to do to much. They have categories such as blogs, audio, personals, jobs, etc. I would argue that most of these could be their own companies. I don’t see the value proposition in offering all of these categories. They would have a better focused and more useful application if they concentrated on one of these areas. Another problem with user generated content is the lack of incentive for the users. Why would they take the time to contribute content and, more importantly, why on your site? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that if you can figure out how to monetize the content and generate revenue for the users you might be onto something. The bad news is that no one has done this successfully – as far as I know. It would also be useful if this system fed other systems so then me as a consumer only needs to enter my content (e.g. job posting) once. In conclusion, the guys over at uGather have a tough road ahead of them in this space. Nevertheless, they are in the game and if you aren’t playing then you have no chance at winning. Good job guys and good luck! Some other interesting facts about Jason is that he’s only 20/21 years old and originally from NJ.

Lastly, check out some of the photos from our past two events here hosted by Phanfare.

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