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Publisher / Editor @ CloudAve and Enterprise Irregulars. Industry Observer, Blogger, Startup Advisor, Program Chair @ SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs). In his "prior life" spent 15 years immersed in the business of Enterprise Software, at management positions with SAP, IBM, Deloitte, KPMG and the like.

8 responses to “Some Conferences Are Worth Attending Even in Bad Times”

  1. GraemeThickins

    Great recap of Defrag, Zoli! As someone who was there (for the second year running) — and met you because of it! — I can totally attest that what you’re saying is true.


  2. Bruce P. Henry

    The trend that I’ve seen in several recent conferences is that “cozy” is better (well, that and panels moderated by Zoli are fun to be on).

    Gnomedex in Seattle has a lot in common with Defrag in terms of great people and great interactions. Somehow these organizers have harnessed some kind of tech-culture pixie dust and their events simply rock. Defrag left me brimming with ideas that I wanted to share with my whole team back here at LiquidPlanner headquarters.

    It will be interesting to see if Glue lives up to the Defrag standard. I have every confidence that Eric and his crew can put on another gem of a conference.

  3. Eric Norlin

    Zoli-tks so much for the write-up. Hearing feedback like this is truly why I do what I do.

    …can’t wait to gather everyone together for Gluecon. Despite the doom and gloom of everyday life, Glue is seeing registrations happen, great content come together, and folks getting excited about exploring this new problem set.