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December Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup

With over 100 people in attendance, the Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup continues to run strong. Entrepreneurs, VCs, IT professionals, bloggers all congregate each month to not only network with one another, but to also see the latest in the online frontier.

First up… – Eric Moyer, co-founder makes it easy to find a great restaurant by presenting a summary of user and professional reviews in a way that has never been done before. The service offers a unique, searchable database of restaurant locations, cuisines, cost, and hours of operation coupled with the ability to make online reservations. Boorah supposedly simplifies the process of dining out whether you’re a “foodie” or just an average Joe looking for a fresh new place to eat.

The Boorah system uses patent-pending Natural Language Processing technology to find, summarize and present information from across the web in a way that is far more useful than it’s ever been before.

I guess we’ll see if NLP outweighs P2P (peer to peer with sites such as

December Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup – Sol Lipman, co-founder

I met Sol at a recent SF Beta event. His idea is pretty cool. It’s basically a flash platform that you take with you. What that means is that users of portable, aka thumb aka USB, drives can take applications with them so that they can fire-up everything they need as long as a PC is handy. – Peter Thoeny, founder

TWiki is an enterprise collaboration platform. It is a
Structured Wiki, typically used to run a project development space, a document management system, a knowledge base, or any other groupware tool, on an intranet or on the internet. Web content can be created collaboratively by using just a browser. Users without programming skills can create web applications. Developers can extend the functionality of TWiki with Plugins.

December Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup

Zemble Logo Alpha – Johann Moonesinghe, co-founder is the social networking website that helps you interact with your friends through text messaging.

You can text message large groups of friends from your phone by sending just one text message, and it goes out to the whole group. The service also allows you to choose if you want to respond to the entire group or just the person who sent you the text.

Users can use Zemble to organize their (lives) with robust event-management features including a social networking calendar.

December Silicon Valley NewTech Meetup

Location provided by:
DLA Piper

Wine provided by: AndrewLane Wines

Beer provided by: – health advice meets web2.0

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