It’s something you may have heard me tweet about, write about or talk about in the last few months- that this year is the tipping point for the Internet in Jamaica and the Caribbean. You can see the activity online – fresh blogs, new sites, niche social networks, more people and brands on Facebook, on Twitter, companies spending on Google Ads and Facebook ads. For those of us with service agencies, you can tell via the increased number of phone calls and emails. The marketing bubbling is real, very palpable.
Kingston Beta is also a pretty good telltale sign. I started it around 2 years now out of a selfish need to network with people in an industry I love and do business in and to feed my blog with fresh stories. It has taken on a life of its own, to become a signature community and event and I am thankful.
The number of people attending, the number of startups itching to pitch is growing sweetly. Kingston Beta is also making its way into the minds of many professionals and entrepreneurs at home in Jamaica, the Caribbean and also the Caribbean Diaspora.
The Next Kingston Beta is one week from today, Thursday April 29th, 2010, 6:30 pm at Spanish Court Hotel. You gotta be there. We have a total of 8 startups all local and 3 are special invites from a Startup Pitch Contest I judged on the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus just over a week ago.
We’re thankful to our partners Jamaica Nation, Socialingua and to all of you who support us by spreading the word by email, Facebook and Twitter. Our goal is to continue to grow the entrepreneurial spirit in the Jamaican and Caribbean tech community – give them an amazing platform for sharing, interacting, promoting, learning and networking.
Bring some friends, your BB, you iPhone, your business card and your willingness to listen, ask questions and share what it is you do and want to do.
See you there.