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Video: BoomTown Meets Five Non-SV Techie Dudes in 10 Minutes in Boston

BoomTown made a trip recently to Boston, where Walt Mossberg and I talked in front of hundreds of East Coast entrepreneurs and investors at an event put on by General Catalyst Partners.

The appeal for me: Checking back in with former Excite CEO George Bell, whom I used to cover in Web 1.0–an exec who never failed to correct my grammar, even though I was chronicling the quick rise and slo-mo fall of the doomed portal.

Bell is now a venture capitalist at GCP.

Here’s the video of my interview with him, as well as reps from four start-ups I met with before the event, all of which are not based in Silicon Valley, a relief in and of itself.

The interviews, in order:

* Justin Shaffer, founder and CEO of Hot Potato, a “presence data” service, based in Brooklyn, NY.

* Paul English, co-founder and CTO of Kayak, the travel aggregator, based in Norwalk, Conn.

* Stephen Chao, co-founder and CEO of WonderHowTo, a how-to video content destination, based in Santa Monica, Calif.

* Dan Olschwang, president and CEO of Jumptap, a mobile advertising company, based in Cambridge, Mass.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik