Denver Startup Week 2014 review (Part 1)

What a ride.

Timing wise, this year was great, 360|iDev was behind me, [360|iDev min] (still time to buy your ticket!) was in front, and DSW fell in the middle. I was able to enjoy the week a lot more than i did last year.

I spent most of the week at the “Basecamp by Chase” (I think we have to call it that, LOL) and it was great; good internet, meals, and plenty of coffee (and beer in the afternoons). It was a great central place for me to work from for both 360|Conferences stuff as well as my DSW duties.

Basecamp was always a hub of activity, not only was there a lot of awesome programming taking place, but people were having meetings, folks were bumping into each other, etc. There was so much energy at Basecamp by Chase it was hard to not get excited each morning when I walked in. The politicians all stopped by for a visit, which is always kinda cool.

Oh yeah, I got to meet and shake hands with the Governor. Funny story…

I was overseeing the Startup Resource Fair, our only non 6-9 event, and I had just walked 8ish blocks at my typical fast pace from Wynkoop Brewing back to Basecamp by Chase. I knew the Governor was there, or had been. When i arrived Tami Door was outside and I joked about being inconvenienced by our elected officials dropping in willy-nilly. We chatted then she blurts out “Let me introduce you”

Oh crap! I had just power walked 8 blocks, os quickly wiped sweat and dried palms. Hick was making his way clear of the crowd and Tami jumps up and does the intro. We say hi, shake hands, Tami tells him my role in the week. We make a little small talk about the week and Basecamp by Chase. Then when you’d expect us to part, we don’t so now I’m standing there looking at Hick, and trying to decide what say next. I stammer a little more about the Week and such, babble about it being an honor to meet, and back away. All this happens while shutters are clicking all around me. That was fun..

So yeah, Denver Startup Week was awesome. I enjoyed being a part of it. I think Next year will be even more epic.


By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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