Technology & Natural Disasters- Thoughts on #Sandy

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Lesson: Never fly into a storm! Not worth it! 

Situation: Booked super early Sunday morning flight to get to D: Dive Into Mobile in NYC with client Speck Products.

Just as I was buckling in, the emails started coming about the whole Speck team’s cancelled flights.  And that I should JUST NOT GO. Then we started rolling away for take off.

When I landed, my iPhone told me that the show had indeed been cancelled and the area evacuated.

OY! I was instantly evacuated from the W Hotel to a random Westin which I could hardly stand to the Ace Hotel where all is warm, hip and safe. 

The Kicker: I forgot to bring my iPhone5 cellphone charger, FOOLISHLY thinking I could get a new one at an Apple store on 5th Ave. No prob. I did not understand the gravity of what that storm could do.

Thanks to Twitter and the power of Scott Beale’s network, a blogger guy popped up and offered to lend me his cord- he was at my same hotel. You can surely understand what a lifesaving act this was, right?

Used Orbitz and Kayak and to book a rental car to a new airport and fly home. Or else I was going to be stuck in NYC till Friday or worse. No way.

Being so dependent on technology to problem solve, communicate status with loved ones, and figure out just what the hell is going on is frightening. But it helped me sort a safe plan and quickly.

Happy Halloween!



The BoB Conference

We’re counting down to BoB, a mini-conference we are throwing alongside Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next Wednesday from 11AM to 2:00PM. BoB stands for “Bubble Over Barcelona”- and was it Rebecca’s cheeky idea to name it this way. It’s the kind of focused, curated and high-quality event we’ve always wanted to do, and one of the reasons we started Mighty. The idea is to bring Valley-type startups together with large, global operators, device OEMs and other industry behemoths that are curious about the innovation happening within new companies. We’ll have 150 folks in a room for two hours for a series of fast-paced panels moderated by wickedly smart journalists who we think are some of the best in the business. The last hour will be a wet lunch for networking, deal making and global mobile businessing of all kinds!

Our partner in this venture is Matthaus Kryzykowski. Matthaus is truly one of the most deeply networked people in mobile and, along with Candace, is the event’s fearless visionary.

BoB is nearly sold out but we will be opening up a block of new tickets for sale today. We’re purposefully capping attendance to keep the event intimate, so if you want to join us it would be a good idea to grab a seat now.

And now that our friend Ewan MacLeod has written up the event, we know it will attract just the right set of folks. Big ups to our client and first sponsor, Urban Airship, for believing in us and being so supportive of this event! And to client Speck Products for shipping out 200 iPad2 and iPhone4 cases to giveaway to our assembled crowd. Report and pix to come!