So I’ve spent the last week in New York and it’s gone in a complete blur.
I arrived midnight Sunday at Laguardia airport and spent an hour in gridlock traffic getting to my hostel. No cutlery, knifes are blunt and broken, Internet keeps dropping out, no hand towels anywhere (!?) and a 40 minute trip into manhattan. But, you get what you pay for I guess :)
I’ve visited Times Square (very impressive and much larger than I realised), visited the Guggenheim museum, had a guided tour of Broadway and seen an excellent Broadway show (School of Rock). The show was very well done, with super fast set changes and the kids performing on their instruments live - very impressive!
I did a 5 hour bike ride tour of lower manhattan, which was probably the highlight of NY. Riding through China town, little Italy and down Wall St. was great.
There’s a Jewish community I accidentally walked through after taking the wrong subway exit; it was super cool seeing everyone in their full dress strolling around. All the mums and kids were out on the streets playing - it was like something out of a movie. Nothing like little old Adelaide.
On Monday night I went to a startup pitching competition with about 20 other startups. I didn’t win, but got an honuorable mention. It turns out that another company pitched 2 months prior with something similar and half the judges / investors in the room were investing in that company… at a $75m valuation.
Today was the main conference which had some excellent speakers and was very technical. However, I spent most of the time networking rather than listening… and made some excellent connections.
Next up is New Orleans for the Collision conference. A lazy 20k people from around the world will be attending – plus there’s a week long Jazz festival at the same time. I have a long weekend ahead preparing for the conference, getting flyers printed, and sorting out some legal paperwork.