September 3, 2009
I’ve been going to various events at the Technology Center in San Antonio for umpteen years. As rule, they’ve been good events, over time, well, they sort of got tired. Under new management, the new TechMixer that Joe Miller and his crew put together, kicked ass tonight in several ways.
1. A great turnout. Not just in quantity, but quality. We had a great mix of social media, software, health-science, academia and best of all less and less service providers (ok, I’m a service provider, but I can attest personally, that I did not even bring business cards.)
2. Great food. As I told Joe, the snacks and fancy cheeses were so fancy, they were the kind I could not even pronounce.
3. A great vibe. There’s always a great vibe at these events, but this one had the volume turned up a bit.
4. A big deal. John Dickson (disclosure – his company, Denim Group is a client) explained the importance of the Cyber Command Center coming to San Antonio.
5. We brought fashion and lifestyle into the mix. I recently discovered (and covered the coolest sneaker store in Texas) that’s right here in San Antonio, Sole Boutique. When I told Whitney Miller about it, we met at the store and came up with the idea of having something like a fashion show at the event. Uh…. not the type of fashion show your Mom or Grandmother went to at Frost Brothers back in 1964, but the one we held tonight, showing the latest and coolest fashions where you can dress cool, be comfortable, and have fun.
All in all, it was great to meet and connect with San Antonio’s brightest, smartest and nicest.
I’m not sure what Joe plans to do for the Christmas party, but it’s not up to him.
It’s up to us.
Sure, he can provide a cool place, good food and drink, but it’s up to us to put the recession behind us and look forward.
Think about who you met tonight. Who you reconnected with. Who you might join forces with.
Make it a point to reach out to at least three people you met tonight, and expand your sphere. Do it not just for business, but for sharing information and energy.
Do it to stretch your mind and re-wire part of your brain that needs a jolt here or there. You never know what could lead to a brain synapse, all in the spirit of fun.
Thank you Joe, Whitney, Jeremy, Dean and those of you who worked to put this together tonight.
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