I'm the Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet. We launch undiscovered consumer products. It's also the birthplace of Citizen Commerce. I write about design, cultural anthropology, and start-ups, mostly.

Nantucket Conference…worth a thought

This is the 10th year for the Nantucket Conference.  It’s the New England go-to conference for investors, entrepreneurs, and tech execs.

Last year was my first time at the conference.   It was a big decision for me to go because I bankrolled it myself and had no income at the time!  It turned out to be the best event I attended all year and it went really far in plugging me into the local tech and startup community.  I would go so far as to say it was a turning point in my comfort as a local startup CEO.  I made terrific connections that lasted–far from a one-shot deal.   I actually cited that experience in a blog post last summer.

quote_locationIt’s a big commitment to send yourself off on a Thursday to Saturday on an island with a bunch of strangers.  But it is exactly that setting that creates the chance to get to know the other attendees.  You get to chat through more than one meal, or cocktail session, and hear what people have to say in a variety of interesting and intimate sessions.

Anyway, I know the event is almost sold out, but if this thought appeals to you, you can apply to be invited here.  It’s April 30 to May 2.  $1,950.  (I only grumble that there should be a  different price for investors and startup company people.  It’s is a very high cost for me to face in my limited budget.  But having said that, I am going again this year.  Worth it.  And–fair warning– I already nabbed the cheapest hotel room on the island.  One twin bed, no AC, $99.)

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