I met with an former colleague, James Colgan (video link here) who has started a new company offering online, virtual trade shows. The company is called Xuropa (zhure-OH-pah). Yeah, I know, it’s been tried, but James is trying to approach the concept as an add-on to real-life trade shows, rather than a replacement for them. The previous efforts failed primarily because publications and trade shows weren't struggling like they are today. From what I’m hearing from potential exhibitors, Xuropa may be a concept whose time has come.
The site, www.xuropa.com, has been launched and has a few introductory opportunities you may want to check out and the first five vendors who send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org get a free booth.