May 19, 2007
in san francisco june 20th & august 1st-3rd
I have my first keynote speaking gig in San Francisco, August 1st-3rd, at Real Estate Connect ’07.
So, what should a blogging cartoonist say to a room full of real estate folk? I have a few ideas. I don’t have much experience in real estate, but experience has told me that with Web 2.0, so long as what your offering is of value, the business itself matters less, what matters more is the heart and soul of the practitioner. As I’m fond of saying, if a Savile Row tailor can do it, what’s your excuse? Hey, Manhattan Loft Guy seems to be doing alright with it. Or how about Curbed, or Brooklyn’s very own Brownstoner.com? What about you?
I see Microsoft is a “platinum sponsor” there. Maybe we should arrange something fun? A geek dinner or something? Guys? Drop me an e-mail if you feel inspired etc.
I’m also going to try to make it to San Francisco for June 20th. Deb Schultz has kindly asked me to speak at Supernova. I’m still working on my schedule for this one, though it looks more than likely that I’ll be there. And I hear Doc Searls will be in the audience as well. Rock on.
While I’m there the plan is to swing up to Seattle for a few days to visit the groovy cats at Microsoft, of course. There’s so much I want to do with them at the moment, it’s making my head spin.
Since I got back to London from the States just under two weeks ago I’ve been feeling kind of stressed. While all this wonderful Blue Monster Hughtrain cartooning stuff is going ahead at an ever-increasing pace, I still have a little South African winery to think about. That is, after all, what mainly pays the bills. And things are pretty busy for us there, too– when I started working for Stormhoek two years ago, they were shipping 50,000 cases a year. This year we’re looking at shipping around 280,000. I think we can get it up to a million cases per annum by 2010 or so, if we play our cards right.
No rest for the wicked, as they say…
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