File this one under: things I ‘should’ do since I live in New York.
The evening is comprised of stuffing 700 people into an auditorium to watch a bunch of live tech (software and hardware) demos.
In the most Burroughs-esque way this is junk for innovation junkies.
You feel the pain of demos gone wrong, you cheer awesome implementation of awesome ideas. You can feel a jolt of charisma from some of the young entrepreneurs and you can smell the money backing the most polished products.
The audience is packed with all sorts of folks: computer nerds, unemployed equity analysts, employed equity analysts, friends of presenters, VCs and random enthusiasts like myself.
I sat next to an unemployed equity analyst with a CS background looking for startup ideas for himself. Interesting fellow and good for the odd sensible comment on the presentations.
I’m skipping the after-party tonight, but maybe I’ll make the time when I come back next month.
And come back I will.