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Bowling 2.0 featured on NBC 11pm News – Channel 11

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

bowling 2.0 has had a number of news sources cover the event because it would seem to be pretty indicative of another ‘bubble.’ Here’s NBC’s 11pm News on Channel 11 out here in the bay area.

I had a nice ‘jab’ at geeks staying away from the more ‘athletic’ sports…

Socialtext steals #1

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Monday’s night games were a great match up. We had Women 2.0 vs. 3bubbles&stirr dueling it out on lanes with bumpers (since they were in the last two slots ;)

The first half of the night was a position round for all the teams. The second half of the night had the top two teams dueling it out in front of a crowd of 60 people cheering on one of two teams. We even had a news station there capturing all this on video.

It was quite the upset, just a few weeks ago, Socialtext was hanging around 4th place. In the past 3 weeks, they’ve pulled out all the stops to bring their standing into 2nd with the start of the finals. it was a social network vs. wiki challenge, who would win?

Well, the wiki seems to have kicked ass and taken names. Socialtext came from behind to beat facebook and steal the bowling 2.0 title.

bowling 2.0 Final Rankings:
#1 – Socialtext
#2 – Facebook
#3 – Meetro

Entering the finals

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Tonight is the freaking night. We finally got our bowling shirts in, the finals are kicking off, everything is looking good. Tonight, ALL teams will play 2 games. Next week, ALL teams will play 1 game at the start of the night, and then the top TWO teams will battle it out.

Here are current standings.
So facebook is holding strong in #1, meetro and veeceebo are tied, and women 2.0 still isn’t making the charts…

New photos added

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Check out the photos section as we have a number of new photos added (thumbnails below from Will)

socialtext steps it up a notch

Monday, August 14th, 2006

will pate's flickr photo

So Facebook is still holding tight on #1, Socialtext has inched their way to #2 and Meetro/Flock/and Veeceebo are tied (taking #3, #4, #5 respectively.)

yummy stats

Monday, August 7th, 2006

They’re here…

We removed the handicap from the league, so the old rankings are OUTTA here!!! Click the pics below for a larger file.



Rankings as of week 4 [Aug 7, 2006]

  • #1 – [7 wins, 1 loss]
  • #2 – [5 wins, 3 losses] (currently tied with flock)
  • #3 – [5 wins, 3 losses] (currently tied with meetro)
  • #4 – [5 wins, 1 loss]
  • #5 – VeeCeebo [5 wins, 3 losses]
  • #6 – [4 wins, 4 losses]
  • #7 – [4.5 wins, 3.5 losses] (how you get a half I have no idea)
  • #8 – [3 wins, 5 losses]
  • #9 – [3 wins, 5 losses]
  • #10 – [2.5 wins, 5.5 losses] (what’s up with these 1/2 points???)
  • #11 – & [2 wins, 6 losses]
  • #12 – women 2.0 [0 wins, 8 losses] (come on now, is the sterotype really being fulfilled?)


If you would like to run some of your own stats, feel free to play around with this spreadsheet that Dan Bragiel put together:
* bowlinginfo.xls


Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

The question “Why?” gets asked a lot. It’s a very good question, other then a shrug of the shoulders and a ‘why not’ response, bowling 2.0 grew out of a half joke between members of the meetro team. Being that meetro is social software that encourages people to meet in the real world, and we here at meetro are always looking for a good reason to throw a party, we were brainstorming some ideas of events to throw around silicon valley.

There are too many events that are heavy on the professional and networking side, but not many events where people just hang out, drink a few beers, and trash talk the competition. We started tossing around ideas of competitive sports, but quickly threw that idea out as we figured most geeks aren’t too physical! Then a joke came out… “Why not bowling?” After we all had a few good laughs, we said, wait a minute, bowling would be kinda cool… After all, it’s a sport, it’s competitive, beer pitchers are of the plenty, and it’s completely ironic to have all these high tech companies hanging out in such a low-fi atmosphere. Half the bowling machines look like they were produced before the Atari was invented!

So we thought about the idea a little more and decided we needed to make this happen. We reached out to a few companies and ppl really bit into it. We started talking to bowling alleys to see what was required to start a league. Heck, most of us here at meetro hadn’t bowled more then a dozen times in our life. For some, the last time they bowled was at a friends 6th grade birthday party.

We sent out a few emails and everybody was really excited on the idea. So we reached out to a few more companies, and they were excited about the idea as well. Then it was picked up on valleywag and interest exploded, we had to start turning companies away!

bowling shirts logo

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Our long awaited shirts are approaching completion, here’s a sample of what the back of our shirts will look like:


bowling 2.0 infocast

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Tea Time

As part of a podcast segment on Tea Time, they asked me a few questions along the lines of “What’s happin’” in sunny palo alto, tune in to some details on how bowling 2.0 got started. Or just make fun of my stutter on the segment intro.

Download MP3.

a9 takes #1, Tortelano is proud…

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Mercury News article

a9 takes the lead and veeceebo is trailing in 12th, you would think we ranked the teams alphabetically…..

So we had a mention in the Mecury News today where a number of teams were profiled. However, at the time of publishing, they seemed to have made an error with my name, calling me Vinnie “Tortelano” which is pretty far off from “Lauria” but at least it still falls into the same ethnic pool ;)

Another name mistake takes the cake though, pbwiki’s name is displayed on the alley boards. The alley mistook their company name for! There’s no domain there yet, but I have a few thoughts on an interesting web2.0 site that could fill pbwili with more then just P&B.

Ohh, and the stats from week #1 are up.

Game 2 starts tonight

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Hey folks, our next game sets of tonight at 7pm at Palo Alto Bowl (4329 El Camino Real)

I swung by the alley last Thursday to see if they had scores tallied up yet, but they were having some computer issues (it’s that old pre 1.0 technology.) I’ll be able to pick up last weeks scores tonight and post them here.


Monday, July 17th, 2006


Monday, July 17th, 2006


Monday, July 17th, 2006

Team Women 2.0 consists of two members from Linx Dating LLC and the Mint pages.

Amy Andersen is founder and CEO of Linx Dating LLC and Rory Van Nest is one of Linx’ matchmaker’s.

Linx is an exclusive, by-invite-only, Bay Area based dating and social networking society created for the “marriage minded.” Linx’ main target of focus is linking the Silicon Valley male to the San Francisco woman, but is not limited to those specific geographic regions. So if you happen to be single and bowling with us, don’t be shy, introduced yourself and you might get an invite to be linked.

The Linx network deals with a very high caliber mix of sophisticated eligibles. Everyone has an exceptional background, great job, excellent education, many interests beyond the scope of their career, as well as, physically fit and attractive. As part of entrance into this private society, each client goes through a detailed admission process of being prescreened, interviewed, and being sponsored by a current member in the network.

Linx is offline, pursues zero advertising and can be considered the “hidden” source for exclusive Bay Area dating. It is based on a large network of friends and referrals to their most eligible friends. Members reap the benefits of services that go way beyond the scope of the core of the matchmaking business, including:

  • Link & Drink networking events, newsletters, concierge services, society clubs, and participation in the beta release of Linx’ website. In fact, Amy is hard at work on her second venture which will carry over core principals from the offline model, yet to the online world.

Andersen and Van Nest are both alumni of USC and raised in the Bay Area. Andersen is from Marin County, lives in Palo Alto and LOVES the entrepreneurial environment the Valley has to offer. Van Nest lives in San Francisco and enjoys the warm climates that PA has to offer too- so making the commute is no problem (or at least she says). Both ladies love social networking, spontaneous social circles ignited through bowling, a good sauv blanc, hot eligible men/women, and the end to a long work week.

Are you linked? Get linked and come say HI to us . We’ll be the ones wearing Women 2.0 shirts, so given that it is mostly men, it should be obvious.

TheMintPages –

Monday, July 17th, 2006

The premier product-review site for beauty and health products,
TheMintPages lets users exchange honest reviews, hot tips, and cool
trends with the best experts around: real people!

From shampoo to eyeshadow, beauty product experiences are unique to every woman. Traditional sources of such information, such as magazines and mass media, are unreliable and not impartial. TheMintPages, on the other hand, is a neutral forum that provides personalized product reviews for those seeking honest recommendations from trusted users, a haven from the insidious motives of corporate self-interest. TheMintPages also allows women to seek out similar users with whom they can share and receive much-needed, much-desired beauty product info.

We are looking for an advisor in the beauty industry, for example the
VP of Marketing for Sephora or the beauty editor of a popular magazine
for young women. Please drop a line if you
have any leads. Thank you!

That’s right, we have a Flickr group called “What’s in your makeup bag” where you can share the contents of your makeup bag with the rest of the world! Simply take a picture of your stuff whether it’s gathered ’round the sink or laid out on a table, upload it to Flickr, comment on the items in your bag, and add it to the group pool!