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Last night I attended my first Austin Tech Happy Hour event in downtown Austin. I heard from the organizer that typically 250 people attend the monthly event — a level that is similar to events in my former home of NYC. Even with the sub-freezing temps and the threat of snow (!), I estimate that about 175 people showed up. And it was a great event – one that I will be attending regularly going forward.
I had one of two demo stations for the evening where I demo’ed CloudContacts (including our new Contact Updater) to about 25 people and also met one of the PR people from Porter Novelli who I have been exchanging emails with for a long time.
The company at the other demo station was GuruStorms. I captured a short video interview with founder Edward Cruz and one of the gurus listed inside GuruStorms. You can watch the interview below. Sarah Perez from RWW wrote a review of GuruStorms from their launch at DEMO 2009.
The concept of GuruStorms is one of trying to help you find answers to your challenges. You post a request on the GuruStorms site, offer a “bounty” and pay a fee (10% of bounty + $295), and then if the gurus accept the assignment, you begin working with the gurus. It’s a team approach – so you get a virtual workspace (I think they call this a whiteboard) where you as the client plus the network of gurus post questions and answers to help you get to the right solution to your challenge. All of the discussions take place behind a login and aren’t public as on most other help services.