Techcrunch has set up shop in the UK. Call me cynical, but this type of expansion hasn’t worked well in the past. The Last Great Expansion was just before the bubble burst- I was working on the team that was going to launch Business 2.0 in Spain (remember Business 2.0 Uk, The Industry Standard and Red Herring 1.0?). That was just before everything went pear shaped and has me eyeing Techcrunch’s arrival with suspicion.
Plus, I think there is an amazing amount of hype and me-too products in the Web 2.0 space just like 1999.
That said, sites like Techcrunch act as a water-cooler for entrepreneurs and funders alike. I see there is an “Events” tab- which hopefully will aggregate the multitude of networking events and conferences in London and the UK: we’ve also seen the revival of First Tuesday with Second Chance Tuesday and I received an invite for the Internet People dinners next month as well. Geek Dinner has been going for a while, and I’m sure there are many more I’m unaware of. It would be great if Techcrunch UK could pull those and others together into a single resource.