While many alley-ites were boarding planes to jet out to Los Angeles for Spring Internet World, those who stayed home had no shortage of net-worthy events to attend. Saturday, April 10th I popped into the NY Sheraton Towers for a quick spin around the Investment Expo exhibition hall with Michael Terpin of Internet Wire and The Terpin Group. It was a whirlwind, but worth it. Traders, day-traders, brokers, financial consultants, funds, industries, and a whole host of other attendees and hot topics related to them were discussed and debated by financial and Internet professionals for the two day conference. Two companies that I stopped and chatted with were CyBerCorp and Raging Bull. CyBerCorp is based out of my newest favorite city, Austin, and is a "vertically integrated, electronic trading technology group" that provides real time, stock trading technologies and lots of other goodies. Jonny White, product manager, for the company was on hand to tell me a bit about the firm and, of course, about the big Austin conference, SXSW, again! Just down the row a bit was Suzanne Schantz of Raging Bull.com. She had all sorts of info about this young company, founded by three young 20-year central Jersey college students, which has popular bulletin boards beyond just hot stock tips (like Politics, Movies, Sports and more). Raging Bull is also beginning to host events in Boston for its on-line community, because they recognize the value in the F2F aspect of this world wide web.
From the Investment Expo to Flute, a nearby champagne bar, Michael and I popped into to talk about all the lightning fast advancements of his ventures, and the history and the growth of the industry and community in LA, SF and NY.