Collision Trip Report

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New Orleans 2018

#CollisionConf, @CollisionHQ

The fifth annual Collision conference was held April 30 - May 3, in New Orleans, LA., The event is one of the fastest growing tech conferences in North America, including more than 25,000 attendees and 500 global media. I was in attendance this year and I thought I’d share my trip report for those of you who are curious about the event and were not able to attend.

About The Conference

Collision is an interesting conference and the word “Collision” is an apt description of the structure of the show. Disparate industries, innovators, and investors all bouncing off one another for four days. If they had named the conference “Chaos”, I doubt any first-time attendees would argue. “Collision”, of course, sounds more disruptive and impactful. 

There are numerous open-air stages around the perimeter of the trade show floor. Multiple concurrent tracks with back to back presentations on each stage (see adjacent illustration for a complete list of tracks). Ironically, all the sessions seem to have staggered starts and variable durations which makes it a little tricky to plan your itinerary. If you attempt to jump tracks, you find yourself zig-zagging back and forth across the exhibit floor often arriving mid-session to join a standing-room-only crowd.

Startup Villages

The majority of exhibitors are early-stage startups, lined-up cheek-to-jowl, row upon row all hoping to meet investors and strategic partners, of which there were many many walking the aisles.

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Nurturing Nashville's Freelance Economy

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Craft Content 2018 Presentation

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at Craft Content Nashville 2018. The talk I presented was an update and elaboration an article I posted in 2015, "Nurturing the Freelance Ecosystem". This new presentation touches on the mega-trend of the Gig Economy and shares some interesting statistics.

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Maximizing Web Presence to Attract Investors

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Recently, I had the opportunity to present to a group of startup business founders and entrepreneurs at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center . I was one of three presenters. The topic we were asked to speak on was the role of social media in grooming your company for investment. My piece was to address the role of SE...
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Nurturing Freelance Ecosystems

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Introduction

In this article, I briefly share my experience and philosophy about supporting freelance communities and some practical advice for nurturing their ecosystems.

The Case For Freelance Symbiosis

I am no stranger to either freelancing or hiring freelancers. In fact, throughout my career, the companies I have founded and the projects I have managed have largely been staffed by freelance contractors. Recently, I calculated their number to be in excess of 1250 individuals. 

Freelance is not for everyone, but for those who can make it work...

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