It all started in a pub. Julie Meyer, a Californian working for a British venture capital firm, wanted to meet up with some of her friends in London to chat about Europe's budding Net economy. Meyer picked the hip Alphabet Bar in Soho and set the date for Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1998, the first Tuesday in October. Friends spoke to friends, and about 70 people ended up crammed into the bar's basement. "The conversation was so exciting that we decided to do it the following month," Meyer says.
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