Open Coffee Club International: A wrap-up plus a call for your idea

The initiator and guru of Open Coffee Club International, Saul Klein, sent us recently an email, tracking some of the Open Coffee Club advances for the season that ends:

Wow. There are now over 80 of you all round the world (see – its pretty amazing how its spread over the last year and we have new locations starting every month. (note: and you have yet to add Thessaloniki, Patras and Ioannina, three more cities that hosted an Open Coffee meeting in Greece; plus do expect more for the season to come.)


Some great stuff going on by the way, just to highlight a few locations:

For those of you who’ve been hosting an OCC for sometime, you know that we’ve mentioned on a few occasions that it would be cool to have better communication between groups to better share contacts, learnings and just generally leverage the fact that we are now truly global to take the pulse of the startup community better worldwide, {…} or add some value to our Ning network presence at

It’s true that we do feel really flattered and proud for being the first to mention across the truly global Open Coffee community. And this equally stands as a charge and promise to perform even better, starting again from September. However, the reason for this post was different.

Given that we all share the potential of our active global community, the question is clear and directed to you dear fellow readers and Open Coffee attendees: Submit your very own ideas for enabling a much more efficient collaboration and sharing (of experiences, ideas, networks, etc) among the international Open Coffee communities. We’re looking for ideas that are comprehensive but feasible, maybe viral, too, finally offering a chance to leave a tangible footprint to our Club. And, who knows, maybe in a year form now, you’ll be the one to receive credits from around the globe…

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MyFacebook sidebar gadget

A few days ago at the 1st Facebook Garage Athens, Konstantinos Pantos gave a sneak peek at his Facebook gadget for Windows Vista sidebar. MyFacebook brings into your desktop new messages, pokes, friend requests, albums, lists and events, plus it shows your status and a scrolling display of your friends’ statuses, while it also lets you update your status right from your desktop; we think it’s cool.

You may check out Kostas’ presentation embedded below (starting at 07:00), visit the gadget’s about page or go download it here, (yes, it works only in MSVista) and tell us what you think.

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Live streaming 1st Facebook Developer Garage Athens


  • 5:00-6:00: Welcome and drinks
  • 6:00-6:20: Evolution of the Web
  • 6:20-6:40: The platform: Why and how?
  • 6:40-7:00: Anatomy of an application
  • 7:00-7:20: The Perfect Match Story
  • 7:20-7:50: Virality – Introductory source
  • 7:50-8:00: Introduction to Product Madness
  • 8:00-8:20: Dave Morin (Facebook Q&A)
  • 8:20-9:00: Presentation of Applications


Live Streaming by Ustream.TV

update: the videos are available through our channel

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A Facebook weekend in Athens, be there!

A guest post by Nicolas Kokkalis, Product Madness co-founder

Product Madness, a Silicon Valley company, with branch in Zografou, Athens, is organizing and hosting two very different events around social networking applications this weekend.

One will be the first Athens Facebook Developer Garage.  A place to hear about the latest innovations on this fantastic platform and to get to mingle with other people which share your same passion for the Facebook phenomenon. Dave Morin, a senior product manager at Facebook will be join us for the event by video conferencing.

The second event is a Facebook Hackathon.  A weekend of coding where different groups and individuals will work on an application and launch it by the end of the weekend, trying to acquire as many users as possible. This is a developer only event and a great chance to meet new people, find a partner for that new project that you have in mind and learn about this new fascinating world.

An RSVP is required on both events as places are limited.  If you are interested, please sign up to the Athens Facebook Developers group and follow the links to the actual event. And be there.

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Start-up Ideas from the Source

Most of us have tons of them. The rest of us are still looking for the big and perfect. But, all of us do live in a state of continual search for the ultimate one. Yes, start-up ideas that is and you all need to spend the next 10′ reading the 30 rough proposals of his own majesty Paul Graham. Or actually you may turn up to spend much more time, brainstorming all the way down to the end of the text. So, sit back, open your mind and enjoy, “enlightenment” guaranteed.

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