The 2009 New York Venture Summit is happening on June 17th at Digital Sandbox in New York City. The summit will feature 50 early stage and emerging growth companies as presenters, interactive panel discussions and lots of networking. The agenda looks strong as does the speaker list. The cost for investors or entrepreneurs is only $395 if you register online now.
I’ve been slow answering your questions recently (Jason has been much more diligent, but then you’d expect that since he’s an ex-lawyer.) My backlog is now 50 questions, but I’m not daunted by that at all – really.
Today’s question is “Which industry events are a must attend, if any?” I generally dislike conferences, so I don’t have a particularly good answer to the “must attend” part. However, the ones I do enjoy are the regional ones that mix VCs, entrepreneurs, and all the regional service providers, such as the Venture Capital in the Rockies event that starts this Tuesday night in Beaver Creek.
These types of events typically mix some local thing (skiing), with a nice venue (the Ritz at Beaver Creek), with good keynote speakers (Greg Maffei – CEO of Liberty Media and Mark Heesen – President of the National Venture Capital Association), with great entrepreneurs and their up and coming companies. The local service providers for the entrepreneurial community (e.g. legal, search, accounting, banks, PR) are out in force guaranteeing good swag and some great meals.
If you want to get a feel for the entreprenerial activity in a particular region, conferences like Venture Capital in the Rockies are the ones to go to. Virtually every region in the country that has meaningful entrepreneurial and venture capital activity has some variant of this.
One of the many (yes – many – wow – keep ‘em coming – we’ll answer them) questions we got in the last 24 hours was “which conferences do you recommend?” We’ll have more on this in a separate post, but one that I noticed this morning as I read through the VC bloggers was from David Beisel at Masthead Venture Partners. David is co-chairing this winter’s MIT Enterprise Forum conference in Boston – it’s titled “Brave New Web” and is focused on “how the web is dramatically changing the way that people and communities communicate, contribute, and collaborate.” If you are in the Boston area of February 7th (brrr), check it out.