It has been a great weekend with loads of Easter Eggs, family parties and exceptionally cold weather!
Snow flurries have been threatening in the sky but it so far has been pretty clear if not cold. I have been spending a little more time on Hubdub this weekend trying to get my position back on the (friends) leaderboard.
A few predictions have gone my way and I need a few more over the coming days to gain a few HD$.
I will keep you updated!
I am now in the lounge about to fly back to the UK from the week long trip where we launched Hubdub at Demo 2008. Nigel and Tom are remaining in the US for the rest of the week to meet with some of the people we met at the conference last week.
Firstly, I want to really thank the entire Hubdub team for the work they have put in over the last few weeks in getting ready, moderating the site and settling questions like mad!
DEMO is a great launchpad and it has really put Hubdub on the map – even to the extent of a fan forum – Hubdub Forum – being created within hours of launch.
The positive customer comments and press coverage has been flying in and it is taking the team a pile of time to get through it and put together a roadmap for new features.
A major thank you to Brian Solis and Miiko Mentz of FutureWorks who supported us at the event. I also noticed that Brian is a fantastic photographer and has really covered Demo and a pile of other events so so well.
I will post more about the people we met and the events we attended over the next few days while I get over the jetlag that I am so (not) looking forward to.
We are delighted that Techcrunch has covered Hubdub but so have many other news organisations and more to come.
Here is the screenshot that we woke up to yesterday morning – woo hoo!!
DEMO is starting on Monday so the team were allowed to practice today at the conference centre.
I won’t spoil the presentation – but there was lots of last minute changes to get the pitch perfect.
Out for a few beers to relax now!
Well all arrived safely in Palm Springs and have spent this morning shopping for props for Nigel’s 6 minutes of fame at Demo this week. Here is a clue to some of the items used to predict the future.
Extract from the Scotsman
“A online news forecaster that allows people to follow their favourite news stories has been judged the best business idea in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
A team from Edinburgh University won the Business Gateway prize for Hubdub, which tracks major news stories and allows users to predict how they will turn out.”
Here is the release about Hubdub being selected to present at the well respected DEMO Conference
Well done guys!
Well it is less than a week since Hubdub went into private beta but we are already attracting some interesting comments from bloggers.
Tom Reagan seems to have created a new blog just to say that our model is flawed due to the market mechanism and the truth is under threat from 4 guys at Edinburgh University with a neat idea (Disclosure: I am an investor in Hubdub).
To be fair, Tom’s post is based around the issue of market distortion in news, using markets to rank news is new but not that new.
The difference he says is the market can be distorted, something that is true of any market, but let’s be honest if you are good at distorting markets are you not going to do something useful rather than effect a few thousand users on our site (Like use your intelligence to make money!).
It is well documented that market mechanisms are less open to distortion than most others, and since Hubdub is a equal market where everyone starts with the same stake it is unlikely to be distorted by large sums of money. True multiple account creation could effect this – but the team have identified this and have some ways of monitoring this.
So, Tom, what can I say, I sleep safe tonight that this technology is not likely to bring down Scotland, the UK or the World but in the spirit of fairness the team have created a market to hedge against this.
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I am delighted that the team at Hubdub have pulled out all the stops (and eaten a lot of pizza) to get hubdub to where it is today. Having shown a select few industry experts the product we have been selected to launch at Demo 2008 (www.demo.com) – thanks to Chris Shipley the editor.
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