It hasn't even been a full day in Las Vegas for Celebrate 2015, and I'm already enjoying myself. The opening party was tonight. I met several great founders, had three club soda's with lime, and may have accidentally made a new friend.
Meet the Founders
This whole event was simply a meet and greet; a place to pass out a few business cards and smile a lot. Here are some great things I found out:
- According to Wilko Kunert of Room.me, real Germans don't use Twitter. He doesn't have a personal account, but the company does. It's a necessary evil to get into the American market.
- The Picking Duck team is just as cool in person as they seem online. West Coast is the best coast!
- The Canadian start up generator is more powerful than I had realized. After profiling Suncayr, I met Tim Newman and learned about B.R.A.K.E.R.S. On top of that, I'm trying to get a mentor session with Dan Dodge. He went to school at the University of Waterloo. In Canada.
- After talking with Yoel Feldman of Proonto, I realize I must get a better grip on eCommerce platforms and concepts.
A Funny Thing Happened
When I got there, the room was sparse. I walked in the door full of smiles and energy and met eyes with a person who had no badge. I extended my hand, gave my name, and asked for his. He said his name was Andre Angel. I asked what he did, and he replied he built companies.
Oh. My Goodness.
My first thought: I shook hands with a major VC and didn't even realize it. I was nervous and panic began to fill my soul. However, with my best umpire under pressure face, I locked eyes with him and when he asked me what I did I snapped "I write about guys like you" and handed him my business card with the site on it.
And then I promptly found an excuse to get another club soda with lime.
I did say there would be milestones on this path. I think I just passed one.
Stay Tuned For More
This is just the opening party. I met Elliot Volkman face to face. I also really connected with Will Schmidt who is a writer for Tech.co. The next two days will be so crammed with fun I may not be able to contain my inner fanboy nature.