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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Disruptathon Social Media in DC

I was lucky enough to go to a DC networking event, Disruptathon Social Media.  The even took place at the Washington Post building, and it brought back some memories of going there for my ID badge when I worked for WashingtonPost.com.  Disruptathon Social Media was a two part event: Networking and Presentations.

During the networking session, I was lucky enough to meet some very interesting people with huge visions.  The ones I met tend to be more tech oriented professionals, and worked in all types of different industries.  One thing that they all had in common was that they all seemed very passionate about what they did.  The IT focused contacts I've made enthusiastically talked about the really cool new features on their websites.  The people I especially enjoyed talking to were the ones that are more business focused in the IT world.  They understood their business models, they understood their data, and they understood their customer demographics.  We started getting into in-depths talk about lifetime value per new acquisition, marginal cost per new customer, conversion rate of the website and so on.

The presentation session was fun, it was around 20 entrepreneurs talking about their businesses for 2 minutes each.  All of them were very innovative, and the two below especially caught my eye:
  • Heywire - Free SMS service globally
  • ProConIt - Crowdsourcing platform that allows users to post questions with choices (such as "Kobe vs Lebron", and allow others' to answer the question with their arguments.  The "voting" system allows the most popular arguments and responses to bubble up top.
Overall, it was a great networking event, and I'm thankful to be a part of it.

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