The reasons why this isn’t an event review of Tech Cocktail DC 7 are threefold:
2. I had some semblance of talking points I was going to write about that I’d recorded as a voice memo on my cell phone on the way home… only to find on playback that somehow, the only thing that remained was a repeating loop of me saying, “This is not an event review of Tech Cocktail DC 7,” which was not at all helpful.
3. What I do when I go to these sorts of things doesn’t really warrant being called an event review. Especially since this being the 7th DC occurrence in the series (and I’m not 100%, but think I’ve been to all of them), I go to Tech Cocktails to catch up with friends and former co-workers, do a little networking, and maybe get a falafel afterwards. I try to get a sense of the sponsor demos, and while I certainly do enjoy talking to earnest young (they’re usually young, always earnest) staffers and entrepreneurs there, I’m not sure they get a lot from talking to me (especially after I’ve had a few of the titular cocktails).
Anyway, here are a few bits that I managed to salvage from memory:
* I chided Jessie Newburn for being at a networking event and talking to people she already knew. (Namely, me.) This was a serious case of “do as I say, not as I do,” as there was an even greater presence of former AOL co-workers of mine (of the sponsors, WinAmp is an AOL company and contest winning-sponsor ChumBonus is a startup founded by AOL alum), in addition to many of the usual tech-event suspects, I spent more than my fair share catching up with familiar folks.
* I did meet (probably re-meet) Brian Dresher, social media marketing guy for USA Today. I asked him if he had anything to do with the Fark-USA Today content partnership (I’m an active Farker), and it turns out that Brian had hatched the idea with Fark-founder Drew Curtis at the last SxSW conference.
If you don’t know the significance of any of that — actually, neither do I… need to think about it some more – see more media analysis from NYT Media Decoder and Mediaite (thanks to Brian for bundling up those links).
* After I checked in to LeftBank (the venue, with an oh-so-delightfully-annoying all-Flash web site) on Foursquare (the location-based social registration… thing), I was surprised to learn that I’d achieved “mayor” status. It was pretty unexpected, since I only ever go there during tech-ish networking events events like this (I only have 2 check-ins). I gather that the regular clientele doesn’t play with Foursquare… though I note that I have yet to be knocked off as mayor of the aforementioned falafel shop (3 check-ins), which I would have expected by now.
I am likewise not sure about the implications of this. It probably has something to do with adoption curves, critical mass, DC-metro population density, Foursquare-as-game vs. utility, and competition in the social-location-based-services space, but damned if I know what it is right now.
So if this wasn’t an event review, what was it? Again, damned if I know. If you have an idea, leave a comment.Google+