The party was part of the series of events around Web Mission, which has brought 20 UK start-ups from the Web 2.0 arena to Silicon Valley, to meet with potential partners and learn from the place where all this lark started. (Tip: The blog about the Web Mission fringe, authored by British journalist Paul Carr, is rather amusing even if you are not here for the events.)
The canapÃ©s served at the consulate were perhaps the best we had all week. Everyone was particularly taken by thinly sliced baguette topped with soft mascarpone and preserved figs. I always love to see the fairly normal things that fill innovators with awe, and this was no exception as a buzz rippled through the crowd about this particular offering. Segala CEO Paul Walsh muttered, “I’ve never had any of this before” and Bebo co-founder Paul Birch actually whipped out a notepad and pen so he could write down all the ingredients. Birch then started following one of the waitresses to ask her more details about how the canapÃ©s were made (which I would have thought fairly obvious: slice baguette, spoon mascarpone on top, plop figs on top of that), which seemed to frighten her a bit. She’s clearly used to guests with far more knowledgeable palates. The whole cute scene entertained me perhaps more than it should.