Conferences are for Conversations

After attending the Web 2.0 Conference last week, a number of people have asked me, “How were the sessions?” Of course I picked up some useful pieces of knowledge, but I really didn’t have one of those “a-ha” moments that really got me excited. Yet that’s not why I attended in the first place. To me, conferences are for conversations – it’s all about the people. This past one I had an opportunity to meet and chat with other fellow bloggers, founders from newly launched (and some stealth) startups, and many others excited about the innovation occurring in the space. It may sound cliché, but what happens outside the formal sessions is more important (to me) than what happens inside. There’s a reason that people attend conferences instead of just reading summaries: the fact that others are attending as well.

David Beisel

David Beisel is a co-founder and Partner at NextView Ventures. He has been focused on early stage Internet startups his entire career, both as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. As an investor in the digital media space, David was most recently a Vice President at Venrock and previously a Principal at Masthead Venture Partners. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, David co-founded Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing company best known for its flagship product BargainDog. Sombasa was successfully acquired by About.com where David served as Vice President of Marketing. David holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an AB in Economics, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University. He also founded and leads the Boston Innovators Group, an organization which holds quarterly entrepreneur events drawing a thousand attendees.

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