I have a 17-year old son. He’s into music and questioning authority. I enjoy our conversations and listening to his unique perspective but I wouldn’t say I sit in awe at his feet drinking in all he has to say.
Not the case with Josh Chandler. He’s 17, lives in the U.K. and has been blogging for four months. His specialty? Tech Solutions. He’s a technology journalist and Web 2.0 podcaster.
I just spent the last hour reading his blog and taking notes. I thought I was pretty “with it” when I dipped my toe into Twitter, but Josh bringing new resources, platforms and solutions to light that I’d never heard of — all with the energy and enthusiasm of youth.
Josh talks about Friendfeed and invites further blog discussion to occur over at Friendfeed – a platform that allows quick back and forth conversation. In one post he asks the question, which is better and why: Twitter or Friendfeed.
I like that he not only brings new resources to light but also takes the time to view them from all angles. Good stuff.
Perhaps the most interesting point I learned is that at 17 he is helping to promote a U.K. startup contest, being offered by Vator.tv.
They are looking for start-ups in the technology and Web 2.0 arena with operations in the U.K. to submit a video pitch of their idea. Josh is one of the judges, and the winner gets a chance to pitch their idea in front of venture capitalist Frank Boehnke, General Partner at Wellington Partners, an international venture capital company, as well as press coverage.
So if you are a startup with U.K. operations potentially looking for venture capital funding, you have until August 31, 2008 to submit your video pitch. Complete U.K. Startup Challenge information can be found here.