Blog World Expo – Day 2

I was looking forward to today’s keynote speech (I’m a big Linkin Park fan), but I woke up around 8:45am and realized that I’d never make it in time. Oh well, maybe someone will throw up a video on YouTube or something.

In the first session I attended, two of the speakers were no-shows. Apparently they partied a little too hard the night before, and were nowhere to be found. I’m sorry, but that’s just unprofessional! In any event, they managed to pull off the session even with the no-shows, and it was good.

After that, I went back to the exhibitors hall to hit up some of the vendors I missed the day before. I noticed that the MarketLeverage booth was pretty much empty, so I headed over there to try my hand at the Cashinator. In retrospect, I should have watched John Chow’s video beforehand, as it would have given me some good pointers. But video and the iPhone don’t mix, so I missed out. Still, I managed to grab a paltry $14, which would pay for my taxi ride back to the airport later this evening.

The “networking reception” included some finger foods, and a bunch of alcohol (who the heck is drinking at 1:30pm on a Sunday?!).. The food was better than the $9 pizza I had the day before, but it would have been nice if they mentioned it. By the time my partner made his way to the hall, all the food was gone!

And of course, I loaded up on more Jones Soda! 🙂

I talked to the exhibitors who I needed to, and then headed back to the hotel to decompress before my red-eye back home. Again, I wish I would have booked a longer stay in Vegas, but there was too much going on back home unfortunately.

Going through my free t-shirts, one thing was clear – American Apparel shirts rock, and are SOOOO much better than all the rest of the cheap crap out there. If you’re a company that’s giving out t-shirts, spend the extra $$ and get a high-quality t-shirt from AA. Otherwise, it’ll just end up in my drawer, never to be worn again.

Looking back on the show, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I never did hook up with Tyler Cruz, but I ran into John Chow on Sunday morning (and got a free Izea t-shirt), and saw Zac Johnson and Shoemoney passing by a few times. I met some cool people, made a bunch of business connections, and got some free swag. All in all, a good trip!

Here’s hoping for a show on the East Coast in the future, as I’m getting tired of this constant cross-country traveling. (On commercial airlines, no less!)


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