Hey everybody, meet Ken Shuman. One of our favorite newer folks here at the Horn Group. He doesn't have his Typepad act together yet, but we love him anyway so I'm posting for him. How could you not fall for this face?- Martha
I spent yesterday at TechCrunch 40 in San Francisco. It is the first year of the conference, so I decided to share with you my pros and cons:
- It is a good place to be “found” or “discovered.” Lots of great media outlets in attendance including ZDNet and All Things Digital )
- I was impressed with a handful companies including Mint which took home the $50,000 award, Flock , and MusicShake .
- Spending the day with a Horn Group client, Clickable , as they unveiled their application to the public for the first time was a fun experience. The sense of pride, the team of founders shared, was very cool and great to be a part of.
- The Demo Pit really was a PIT. It was in a small room, with tiny demo tables, hidden in the back corner of the hotel.
- 40 companies were too many. By the end of the day, Company #1 and Company #19 were all blending together.
- Mark Cuban was a NO show as an “expert” judge and that was big disappointment. He was supposed to judge my clients panels and I was really looking forward to his feedback. I also wanted to meet the guy that the NBA loves to hate.
Overall, I think they will continue to improve the conference and I would recommend it to potential clients in the future. -Ken Shuman