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CommunityNext almost sold out! Also, what can social network platforms learn from desktop platforms?

Mitch Kapor will be keynoting CommunityNext: Platforms
I’m pleased to announce that Mitch Kapor will be keynoting the CommunityNext: Platforms conference.

Mitch brings a unique perspective to the recent social networking platforms debate through his experience as the founder of Lotus. Through the Lotus 1-2-3 product, Mitch built a successful company on top of the Microsoft platform, creating the "killer app" that would revolutionize the PC industry of the 1980s. Of course, the Microsoft platform ultimately created their own competing application, Excel, which serves as a useful lesson for both the advantages and drawbacks of building on an existing platform.

I look forward to the lively discussion, and to see what the newest crop of entrepreneurs can learn from an experienced veteran on the platforms topic.

Other CommunityNext speakers
In addition to Mitch, we’ve compiled a fantastic list of panelists and speakers, including:

– Don McLagan, CEO of Compete
– Jonathan Mendez, CSO of OTTO / Offermatica
– Chris Moore, Partner at Redpoint Ventures
– Jesse Farmer, Co-Founder of Adonomics (formerly Appaholic)
– Joe Hurd, VP Business Development, Videoegg
– Keith Rabois, VP Strategy & Business Development, Slide
– Scott Rafer, CEO, Lookery
– Vineet Buch from Bluerun Ventures.
– Bret Taylor, EIR at Benchmark and former GPM of Google Maps
– Chris Conway, Senior Product Manager, Trulia
– David Troy, Creator of Twittervision
– Stephen Benedict, Director AIM Developer and Consumer Services
– John Dunning, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo!
– Martin Green, VP Business, Meebo
– Alex Payne, Twitter
– Lindsay Blake, FORTUNE magazine
– Rob Hayes, First Round Capital
– Andrew Braccia, Accel Partners
– Naval Ravikant, HitForge
– Lars Leckie, Hummer Winblad
– Matt Marshall, VentureBeat

Registration link
The conference will be held on October 5-6 in Sunnyvale, CA

We’re almost sold out, so here’s the link:


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