I am writing this post from the Las Vegas airport, en route home to San Antonio.
While I have had an amazing and informative 48 hours doing research and conducting interviews for my new blog, EveryWire.com
, I wanted to share my observations about CES 2009:
1. The show was smaller and far more manageable in terms of getting around, getting a cab, scheduling meetings.
Bloggers really mattered. Kudos the the Management of the CES Show, who gave bloggers like me street cred with a Bloggers Lounge
in the same place where the Press Room was located.
3. From speaking to cab drivers, the economic situation and general downturn is affecting Las Vegas – big time. Every cab driver told me they are seeing fewer tourists, fewer conventioneers, and less big time spenders. They are told me that residential and commercial real estate is really being impacted with the down turn. (Hint: if you have money to invest, this place could be a wonderful residential real estate opportunity to buy into now.
4. The upscale stores at the nice hotels are clearly less crowded. Last night I was at the Venetian Hotel and took a brief walk through the high end shopping area. It was bordering on empty.
All in all… a great show.
I'm going to be focusing on populating the EveryWire
site over the next few days with video interviews from leading executives looking at the future of wired home networking and the new G.hn standard
Stay tuned and thanks for reading!