- 9 Mar 07, 01:25 AM
One of the reasons that San Francisco flourishes as a hub of technology is because there is a great network of like-minded people.
I attended the SF New Tech Meet Up last night where tech firms pitched their ideas to an audience made up of tech lovers, possible investors, journalists and bloggers.
Questions were thrown at the presenters - and no mercy is shown. These companies have to know their stuff.
It was akin to a live Dragon's Den - the BBC Two business ideas show. But this is something firms in San Francisco live day in and day out.
They are in the den every day of their working lives. For every great start-up idea there are 10 others just as good, and 100 others that are not too shabby.
I'll be writing about this aspect of SF tech life in a feature next week but I wanted to report on one element - the 60 Second Soap Box.
This was the chance of anyone in the audience to pitch an idea, ask a question, make a declaration.
And it was an eye-opener.
There were programmers looking for jobs, CEOs looking for programmers, companies looking for investment and even a philosopher who thought he could help firms grow.
"Think about want you need to make, not what you can make," he said.