I've always liked looking at new ideas and companies early (or way too early, as this blog's title notes). And I'm pleased to say that the economic turmoil has not dampened my enthusiasm, nor that of my partners at First Round Capital, nor that of other early stage players such as New York's Betaworks.
I attended a wonderful afternoon of presentations by 16 Betaworks companies, some, such as Twitter (which bought the Betawork's backed Summize, now search.twitter.com ), that are well known, and others just appearing for the first time. Some that First Round had passed on, though we loved the product, e.g, Someecards.com - a great site.
And now, I'm pleased to let you know that our San Francisco based folks (Rob Hayes, Christine Herron and Kent Goldman), are going to hold "office hours" at the University Cafe in Palo Alto on Tuesday, October 21st from 11-1. They'll listen to new ideas and talk about the economic climate. More details from the creator at Kent Goldman's Cornice blog, and an RSVP link on Christine's blog.