Kevin Burton trades early access to beta for server cash

Kevin Burton is one of those entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley that isn’t yet rich. He’s starting a new company and needs a little bit of cash for more servers. So, he came up with a new idea: give early access to his beta to people who donate $20 to buy some servers. Hey, Kevin, would you go with Microsoft servers if I got you a bigger donation? He picked up a few bucks last night.


Fun evening last night, geek dinner coming Monday night

I think it’s funny all the anti-Web 2.0¬†stuff that’s been happening around blogs lately. Meanwhile hundreds of people show up to TechCrunch’s BBQ to talk about the future of the Web. I showed up at about 11 p.m. and it was still rocking and rolling and demos were going on. Yeah, there’s a lot of hype. But, I keep seeing stuff I want to use, too. So, is there hype? Yes. But there’s a TON of new ideas coming out of the valley lately.

One other thing? This crowd isn’t using very much Microsoft stuff. More Microsofties would do well to hang out, and figure out, what this group of entrepreneurs needs. I saw some ideas that could turn into very big businesses, if executed well (stuff that hasn’t yet been shown in public).

Anyway, Dave Winer is throwing me a geek dinner on Monday night. Details to come, but it’ll be in Berkeley. You can RSVP here. Of course you’re invited. You don’t even need to be a geek, but it certainly helps.