It has been quiet on tBBC’s blog today - with very good reason. After an interesting dinner last night with Six Apart‘s European MD, Loïc Le Meur, and Six Apart’s UK Manager, Alistair Shrimpton, today we brought the two of them back to Chelsea for a networking day with some of the other good people we’ve collected over our months of doing business. As well as our friends from Six Apart, we also had on hand David Steven of River Path, William Heath of Kable and the Ideal Government online brainstorm blog, the shamefully blogless Frank Kelcz of Pitango VC, WiFinder, and the Guidewire Group (which organises the BlogOn events), 3G guru Tomi Ahonen, Axel Chaldecott of SMLXL, and Adrian Bailey of PeopleFanClub. And of course, the whole London contingent of tBBC was there as well.
It was a great day - exhilarating and exhausting, never boring, and it fulfilled one of the main aims we had in hosting such an event: to bring together those interesting, clued-up people we have encountered in separate environments and get everyone talking about how we want to do business, what we hate about business as usual, the value of networks and how blogging and related technologies play a part in all this. It was a truly fascinating series of discussions, and I cannot speak for anyone else, but I felt very fortunate to be able to be in that room with those people, talking about these things that matter so much more than the mainstream world seems to be ready to recognise. We all come from different industries and backgrounds, but the common ground there is vast: frustrated with some of the tired, outdated ways of doing business and invigorated by the opportunities and potential offered by emerging technologies and an increasingly networked world, we are finding new ways to operate and to be successful, and making fantastic personal connections while we do so.
My friend Cate sent me an email late last night which mentioned having trust in the fact that you are exactly where you are meant to be. Okay, it sounds a bit Chicken Soup for the Soul-ish, but I think we all know that sometimes in life, it is possible to feel as if you are nowhere near where you are meant to be. I have to say, I felt very strongly at our day session that all of us in that room really were in the right place, with the right people. The best part? That space extends outside of that room, out into our own respective niche(s) of the blogosphere and beyond.
It is a good place. It was a good day. These are great people. Can’t think of a better way to start the weekend than on the back of an event like today’s.