The technology for online social networks arrived practically hand-in-hand with the Internet. Since the advent of the World Wide Web in the mid-1990s, we’ve seen such networks proliferate, from the Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link (remember The WELL?) and chat rooms on Bulletin Board Systems to Yahoo message boards, LinkedIn, Myspace, Twitter, and Instagram. Nowadays, Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world, with more than 2 billion monthly active users.
Yet somehow, the connections are richer and more meaningful when people come together offline and in-person.
In San Diego, this higher order of social networking becomes apparent each fall, when Xconomy brings together scores of great technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, and other leaders for our annual networking reception. It is one occasion where San Diego’s swirling spheres of business, innovation, technology, and life sciences meet to share their passion for starting new companies and putting a dent in the universe.
Innovation increasingly requires a multi-disciplinary effort, and Xconomy always wants to convene people from a broad cross-section of fields. If innovation indeed occurs along the boundaries, it is our hope to encourage new insights and ideas by bringing together thoughtful people from many different sectors. In San Diego, that includes individuals with deep expertise in medical diagnostics, genome sequencing, drug development, healthtech, neuroscience, wireless technologies, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, analytic software, and data science.
The “Meet the Xconomists” mixer also happens to be our way of saying “Thanks!” to the folks who have helped to shape our coverage over the past year.
As a media and events company, Xconomy hosts these annual networking receptions in each of the cities and regions where we provide our unique blend of events and business news coverage. As Xconomy founder Bob Buderi put it so succinctly a decade ago, “We are the authoritative voice on the exponential economy, the realm of business and innovation characterized by exponential technological growth and responsible for an increasing share of productivity and overall economic growth.”
Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here.