How I Choose What Conferences To Go To
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sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
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Conferences take time and resources. I'm less productive when I go to conferences.

How I Choose What Conferences To Go To

by Sydney Liu, Co-Founder of Pencil

There are tech events every day in both LA and the Bay Area

The volume is ridiculous and you'd never get ANY work done if you went to all of them. Most, frankly, have not been useful for me, and thus I've been a lot more picky about events.

I rarely go to events now. I use 2 main criteria to judge

1) Will the people I meet there impact a core need of ours?

I learn the most from people a few steps ahead of me

The events where everybody is just starting out are less useful. I look for events I know I'll learn a lot from people I meet. These are typically invite only events.

2) Will this lead to 10% weekly growth?

If the sales I can close or the users I can acquire could likely lead to 10% growth of our active user base, then I will do it! It means I interface directly with customers too!

If events don't fit these criteria....

It means that my startup will NOT make any progress

It is FAKE work. And thus, I have been avoiding more conferences. Because I am less productive.

What conferences are YOU going to this year?

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a year agoReply
@Sydney - I was going to come, but will have to wait for next year, as I have other things going on. Out of all the events, this is the one I would like to attend though!

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a year agoReply
@silvia Good call! Although I do cheat a bit cuz I use my age a lot.... Will make a post about it

a year agoReply
@Sydney you should also teach how you get to go to ALL conferences for free, even the big ones.

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a year agoReply
@BradyOriginal I did!!!! Crazyyy. Did I ask you if you're making the trip out here yet?

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a year agoReply
@Sydney - Choosing the Launch Festival this year was a bonus deal for everyone! Did you see the tweets from @Jason about the TV show they inked a deal on? They will begin filming at the upcoming event and Weinstein Co. is behind it! I can't wait to see what they come up with! Original story: http://recode.net/2016/02...