On June 1st, the European internet community converged onto Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to meet up for a conference that just could.
Before we start out with an in-depth dissection of the day, let me quickly brush over the whom, what and where:
Close to a year ago, Dutch serial entrepreneur Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten invited people to join him at, what I believe is the only European Web 2.0 conference that matters.
While the setting was fairly personal, it didn’t feel uncomfortable. With an array of interesting speakers, startups and venture capitalists, Boris managed to bring together what Europe was longing for: a great setting to be inspired and inspire, to network and socialize.
In fact, “The Next Web 2006″ turned out to be such a great success that the second edition of the event was announced a day later, while most people were still recovering from the effects of the after party.
The following entries will be part recap and part personal opinion. I’m doing this out of my own free will and decided that those who couldn’t attend the conference should at least get a chance to read about it.