I had one of those NPR moments the other day when I got into my car midway through an All Things Considered story about something called bloblive. I was instantly riveted to the radio listening to short cuts of people describing their start-up business ideas in front of a (very) live audience. Bloblive is an event that has taken root in Philadelphia and Santa Monica, CA, and it’s best described as “open mic night for entrepreneurs.” A web-only version has also been created called ideablob.

Each presenter at bloblive gets 90 seconds to tell their story, which is followed by a short session of Q&A and suggestions from the crowd. Presenters vie for a small prize ($100 in the ATC story), but the real benefit is the feedback and the experience of presenting your idea.

Here’s a clip from bloblive:

For me, this brought to mind the recent success of Ignite Minneapolis, a “speed presentation” event where presenters get 5 minutes to talk about ANYTHING. Presentations from the first Ignite event in April ranged from the practical (building your own home theater on the cheap), to the absurd (are we on the brink of a robot revolution?). Organizers were wondering if they would get more than a hundred people to show up and they had over 400—a tribute to the firestorm of social media pre-buzz that the event generated. This relationship between online and live connections is very intriguing and, I think, will be a surprising outcome of the social media trend.

Here’s a clip from Ignite Minneapolis #1: