Seems like I was just in Austin for SXSW, but the big difference this time around was the heat. (Well, that and there weren’t a million people swarming all over the place.) I’m not a fan of humidity, which is why I live in Colorado, and in the middle of July the heat/humidity is in full swing in east Texas. Needless to say, I didn’t spend as much time walking around this trip..it was more of a series of short hops from place to place to take advantage of the air conditioning. Although I did make the hike across the Congress Street bridge in the middle of the afternoon so I could indulge in some southern cooking from Threadgills. Definitely worth it if you ask me.
The conference itself was a nice change of pace. Since it was a hosting conference and not a domainer conference, there was much more that interested me and actually applied to my job. I think I sat in on just about every Sales/Marketing session they had. Of course, like just about every other conference I’ve been to, I wish they had more advanced sessions. But really, this is the domain industry, it’s not about the sessions now is it?
The parties..err..”networking events” were awesome as always. Enom sure knows how to show people a good time, and I’m pretty sure they’re the ones responsible for me returning to my hotel room no earlier than 3am every night. Unlike SXSW, most of these events had a decent beer selection, which mad me a very happy camper. Although, thankfully I do my beer training up in Colorado, so it’s nearly impossible for me to drink too much at these conferences. Three cheers for high altitude.
Overall it was a good trip. I learned some things, met some great people, and lost about 5 lbs in sweat. Austin is always a great time and I look forward to going back.