Mostly, the summit tasted like coffee and tiramisu.
No, really. The morning sessions – which were all I got to see after a work issue on QnA called me back to the office – were all trying to wake up and get coffee in the veins.
Then it was work work work until dinner time – which I got to late, at 7:30 – the speaker dinner at Maggiano’s. I got to chat with Maryam Scoble – one of the powerhouses behind the conference – and conference organizer Steve Broback (http://www.avondalemedia.com/) who frankly puts me to shame with his knowledge of local wines. I also met but didn’t catch the name of a woman who works at DiStefano winery, talking about the blend of wines that go into Meritage and the Syrah we were drinking.
Even though I am supposed to be on South Beach, I broke it gladly for the tiramisu. I talked with a dude from Zillow ( think it was Drew Meyers) who asked me, how do you get corporate types to start blogging. So I blathered on in my usual way about Microsoft yadda yadda. I always forget that as a Microsoft person, I am corporate America.
To do: remember that “oh yeah I’m corporate thing.”
Steve’s wine tips were great – he knew the purple cafe before it became the yuppie crowded enclave it is today – but the tip of the night goes to Tris Hussey who told me to go to SaltSpring Soapworks in Victoria and try out their bath bombs.