A nice side effect of living in Chicago is that you run in to a lot of friends and colleagues passing through the city. Chicago is a conference city, so that it is a big driver for me reconnecting with folks I work with in the space. Now, that I have been traveling to NYC for work, this "connecting with colleagues" opportunity has been magnified. The number of industry folks that work, live, and frequently travel to NYC is, not surprisingly, big. My first week at Weebly, I was fortunate enough to connect with John Monnett of Secure128 (I am embarrassed to admit that I forgot John had relocated to NYC). This week Nick and I caught up with the infamous Michael Fowler of Comodo. As some of you my recall, Mr Fowler has now relocated to NYC from England. This makes my move from Seattle to Chicago look like a joke....but I digress.
When I travel, I always view it as a net positive if I can connect with industry colleagues. I always find these discussions interesting - we are not a conference, we are not rushed, we have a real opportunity to have a quality conversation. I always enjoy this - makes the travel worth it. I feel very fortunate to live and work in two cities that so regularly provide me with this opportunity. It is a wonderful thing.
PS -- Jack Brandt is *NOT* pictured above as he bailed on me, Nick, and Fowler. Hopefully Mr Brandt can fit us in to his schedule next time. ;-)
PPS --- Ken Hansen and I just missed each other today. I need to check fb messenger more often.