Yearly Archives: 2011

Rainmaker Challenge Winners

By |July 12th, 2011|

If you were at Gluecon, you remember the demo pod winner: Rainmaker. When they took to the stage for the final keynote, their CEO announced a developer competition around using the Rainmaker API.

Today, they announced the winners: InstaGallery, Rainchecker and Enforcery. I’ve checked all three out now — they’re pretty cool, so be sure […]

The 3 Scenarios for the Tech Bubble Ending

By |June 5th, 2011|

In the wake of the LinkedIn IPO, and some recent comments from Marc Andreesen, a lot of people seem pretty obsessed with whether there is or isn’t a “tech bubble” – and, specifically, what that all means. I’m on record as calling the “bubble” an “expansion” (I was holding off on the b-word for […]

Is LinkedIn the New Netscape?

By |May 17th, 2011|

I’m asking myself a question this morning: Is LinkedIn the new Netscape? Then I’m wondering if all of the 23 year old entrepreneurs know anything about Netscape. Although, honestly, the cribb notes will suffice: Netscape was the symbolic kick-off point for what became the dotcom boom (and bust). It IPO’d and no one had […]

Last Chance

By |May 16th, 2011|

Somewhere in this timeframe is where conference organizers start doing email blasts, blog posts and tweets that include the words, “last chance.” As in, “last chance to come this year’s greatest event for developers in the cloud.” It’s important that when using the words, “last chance,” you also include a proper dose of hyperbole.

Of […]

Who is Coming to Gluecon?

By |May 14th, 2011|

Right about this point in the conference organizing cycle, I like to look through the registration list and see who is coming. Now, anyone that’s ever run a conference knows that a TON of registrations come in the last week — and we’re 11 days out. So, my looking is nowhere near complete, but […]

Hard Choices

By |May 10th, 2011|

When I create an agenda, I literally spend 4-6 months of my life on it. I’ve already begun the outline for Defrag. I treat the process like I’m writing a script or a book. I begin with some loosely formed thesis, flesh that out into themes, and then attempt to gently lead the attendee […]

The Hotel Rate Expires

By |May 9th, 2011|

I feel like I’ve been droning on a bit about how different (read: awesome) gluecon is, and will be this year. So, I’m putting away my P.T. Barnum costume for a moment to just say this:

The hotel rate for Gluecon expires tomorrow. That means that at the end of the day tomorrow, having the […]

A Family Affair

By |May 5th, 2011|

Let’s say you’ve been to your fair share of technology conferences. Some were great, some were okay, some were just a flat out waste of time. Normally, things were a bit uneven — a great session here, a great conversation there, followed by a vendor pitch in a keynote, bad wifi, no power outlets […]

21 Days to Gluecon!

By |May 3rd, 2011|

21 Days to Gluecon!

I say that and experience simultaneous elation at the idea of having another gluecon, and trepidation inspired by the sheer volume of our “to-do” list for the show. And then I glance at the agenda….

From wrapped apps for mobile to the failure of SOAP to building and scaling on AWS (THAT […]

Gluecon's Enterprise Track

By |May 2nd, 2011|

The agenda is “complete.” I put “complete” in quotes because as soon as we go to print on it, something will change (never fails), but for planning purposes, call it complete.

It’s at this point that I like to imagine different “tracks” through the agenda. Obviously, with three-wide breakout sessions, and so many topics, the […]