Sunday, October 12, 2008

2.Ohio - Starpower burned bright in CBus last Friday

Judy Estrin and Tom Williams

Brian Behlendorf and Brian Link

Jeff Beeler and Reid Hoffman

Craig Newmark and Tom Williams

Last Friday we held a major event in CBus that was enabled by leveraging social media....following are some links to some blogs and reference information from the event.

Before I forget a big thank you to all that attended the 2.Ohio event. I also wanted to extend my appreciation to Angela Siefer, my wife Sandy Blanquera,Nancy Kramer (and the whole Resource team - Sara Saldoff, Holly Davis, Megan Burnside), Jeff Beeler, Neal Roberts, Kathryn Kelley, Trace Kingham and Tracy Moran (Trace Ltd) for making the 2.Ohio event happen. With Reid Hoffman, Judy Estrin, Craig Newmark, Michael Nelson and Brian Behlendorf in the room the starpower was pretty bright.

I also would like to thank our event volunteers - Catherine Reynolds, Paul Szymanski, John Girgis, Dwight Bowman, Kurt Hoeft, Jeri Horton, Jake Hammond, Jeff Wallace, Arkady Zilberman, Molly Schaedler, Adrian Howard, Brian Zuercher and Liz Zuercher. Without the "grassroots" support of the community this event would not have been possible.

From Tom Williams - Innogage - IT superstars at 2.Ohio - Columbus

If you were fortunate enough to attend 2.Ohio yesterday at the Hilton Polaris, you had the pleasure of hearing from Reid Hoffman (Founder of LinkedIn), Judy Estrin (author of Closing the Innovation Gap, former CTO of Cisco and current CEO of JLabs) and Mike Nelson, (Professor at Georgetown and volunteer for the Obama campaign).

If that’s not enough IT talent for you, mingling with the audience, before and after the event, were Brian Behlendorf (important figure in the open source movement and primary developer of the Apache Web Server) and Craig Newmark (Founder of Craigslist)! here for the rest of the story

Lara Kretler -Le geek, c’est chic: liveblogging Ohio 2.0

The Ohio 2.0 event has just kicked off and one thing is clear: this is not your father’s tech crowd. This is a hot event with nary a pocket protector in sight. The cool kids are definitely here - and some of them are actually making fun of me for live-Tweeting the event

click here for the rest of the story..

Here some more links:

1. Tim Eby blog - -

2. Tweetstream from the event -

3. Gary Moneysmith -

4. David Lambert blog -

5. Mike Nelson referenced article - Technology Review article - How Obama Really Did It

The social-networking strategy that took an obscure senator to the doors of the White House.

6. Craiq Newmark comment -

7. Kevin Cronin -


Peace out,



Anonymous Lara Kretler said...

Ben, thank you for putting on such a fantastic event. Truly amazing that it came together in just four weeks - it truly shows the power of volunteers, passion and social networking! Kudos to you and your team.

October 12, 2008 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Ben - you and Angela blew the lid off for 2.Ohio. Great venue, amazing speakers, fantastic networking...This event really had it all.

I am both excited and proud to be part of the IT / Social Media Revolution taking place in Central Ohio. Who would have guessed that Columbus could become the Silicon Valley of the Midwest. We are on our way!

Tom Williams

October 13, 2008 at 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Holly Davis said...

Ben--It was our pleasure. So glad we were able to help in the final days leading up to the event. Congrats to you all! It was quite the success.

October 13, 2008 at 3:18 PM  

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