Before the news broke though, I had the opportunity to sit down with Tijs and get the super-quick lowdown on what Twistory actually is:
Setting up an (un)conference means a lot of work, lots of stress and, up until the point where it is actually over: one big headache and no matter how well you plan for contingencies, things can still go south really quick.
Dorien Aerts however, managed to pull it all off, with great results. I sat down with her during the (un)conference and talked about what the mobile Webcamp actually is and, more importantly: what her expectations were:
Alright so, The Next Web is all about, no pun intended: the next web, which, basically, comes down to web 2.0 technology.
One of the presentations during the conference highlighted some features of web 3.0 (and, incidentally: web 4.0) and while most of them where rather far-away, one technology stuck with me: Natural Language Search.
Imagine my luck, when I found someone who worked with said technology: Marcel Smit works for Q-Go, a profitable natural language search company with a huge client base (in excess of fifty million) and very useful technology.
They say that one should keep the best for the last and while I am not sure if this is the best interview of all, it certainly was the one I enjoyed taping the most. Why? Because I love the possibilities this technology brings:
During the third edition of the The Next Web conference, I had the good luck of meeting two recruits, Stefan Silke and Rachid El Matili, from The White Door recruitement agency.
Now, before you skip this video, let me tell you that any (cliche) prejudices you might have are totally ungrounded, at least, as far as these two guys go. Both Stefan and Rachid seem like the kind of people you want to work with when you are looking for a job, but please, see for yourself: