I really hate all these XX 2.0 monikers. They’re meaningless but then the software industry has become enamoured of their use. Anyhoo. June 9th-12th I’ll be in Boston for Enterprise 2.0. I’m chairing a panel on ‘micro-blogging in the enterprise’ on June 12th. It’s the graveyard session but we’ll make the most of it and have fun in the process.
I’ll be joined by Rachel Happe, analyst with IDC, Chris Brogan, who ‘writes articles and makes media of all kinds’, Laura Fitton who ‘helps make presentations suck less’ but has become something of a Twitter rockstar (and who also presented at Going Solo), Bhaskar Roy, president of Qik and my good friend Loren Feldman, aka 1938 media. Loren doesn’t do much by way of public speaking engagements, preferring instead to either tell everyone how dopey they are on his videos, or poke fun at Silicon Valley luminaries. This is one of my favourites for two reasons:
- He is bang on the money
- He’s right – he looks bad
Someone recently described Loren as ‘the tank cleaner.’ That’s someone who acts like those bottom feeding fish that clean out the crap in the fish tank. It’s necessary and love or hate him, the software industry needs people like Loren. Without folk like he, a lot of the time, the industry would have all the appearance of having its collective head shoved firmly where the sun doesn’t shine.
It will be the first time I’ve met Chris and Rachel so I’m definitely looking forward to that but the person I am most looking forward to meeting is the infectiously optimistic and effervescent Luis Suarez. He’s a glass 3/4 full guy. I’ve had many enjoyable conversations between myself here in Alcaudete and he in Gran Canaria. Luis is one of the those poeple that can ALWAYS put a smile on your face. He is on a roll at the moment, schlepping around Europe spreading the word about dumping email. It will be good to hear how he’s getting on, especially as he works for IBM, a company with which I’d like to get closer.
Apart from these people, I expect to catch up with a slew of friends from around the communities in which I participate.
It’s going to be a fun few days but there will be a lot of learning. If you’re coming, then check out the Enterprise 2.0 Mayhem dinner on Upcoming. I’m definitely attending.
Oh did I tell you? Community is about the people. Hence all the name checks.