I have explained and written many times over about conferences I attend, speak at or help organize. They represent a unique opportunity to catch up with a vast number of contacts or companies in our industry, and meet (and get pitched by) startups by the dozen. At the Getting Funded panel of TechCrunch40, I even mentioned that “getting mobbed at conferences was welcome” (as noted by John Paczkowski in his column :-)) and boy was I well served - it took me over an hour to leave the room after talking to about 20+ startup entrepreneurs). So I like attending conferences, and one of my favorite activity - besides being on stage - is “lobbyconing”.
The next couple of months are going to be very busy on the conference circuit. We'll obviously have the main event of the Web 2.0 industry, Web 2.0 Summit, in a couple of weeks - no need to talk about that one. I want to give a shout to 4 events that are put together by friends of mine, and look very interesting.
First, starting in a couple of days is Graphing Social Patterns : The Business & Technology of Facebook, organized by my good friend Dave Mc Clure. It is a conference for developers and marketers on how to build and distribute apps for the Facebook Platform, and how to reach online communities using social networking platforms and applications. The conference will be held in San Jose, CA from October 7th-9th. Main conference sessions are Monday 10/8 and Tuesday 10/9, with a bunch of cool workshops and a Hackathon on Sunday 10/7. Readers of Software Only can register with this 30% off discount code, but act quick - the conference is about to sell out.
Then is the Business of APIs conference, co-produced by my friends of DealMaker Media and Mashery's CEO Oren Michels (Disc. I was a founding investor of Mashery). As we know APIs are a key foundation of the Web 2.0 ecosystem, but too often (sigh) is the business implications of making APIs available overlooked. The objective of the event is to cover that very topic. It will take place in the afternoon of Monday 10/15, at the San Francisco City Club, and you can request an invitation here.
Early November I will head to Denver for Defrag, a very interesting event focused solely on the internet-based tools that transform loads of information into layers of knowledge, and accelerate the “aha” moment. Defrag is about the space that lives in between knowledge management, “social” networking, collaboration and business intelligence. You can enter the code defrag3 to get $300 off the registration price.
Finally, on December 11&12th, we'll have the fourth edition of LeWeb3, which I am really looking forward to. This year's program is in the good hands of Cathy Brooks, producer extraordinaire. I'll have a discount code for my readers sometime next week.