The Portable CTO
Startups · Technology · Leadership
There are hundreds of technology conferences every year, so how do you decide which ones are worth your time? This week, I'm looking at some of the dimensions you might use to compare tech conferences as well as reasons for attending them.

This post is part of a 17,000 word guide I wrote for new conference speakers. It was a huge undertaking, so a share on Twitter or Linkedin would be much appreciated. 🙏
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"Organizational Complexity measures the number of developers working on the module, number of ex-developers that used to work on the module, how big a fraction of the organization has worked on the module, the distance in the organization between the developer and the decision maker, etc."
"A classic rookie mistake made by most entrepreneurs is spraying and praying at large prospect audiences...Don’t do that. For B2B sales, you need to determine the optimum type of business to sell into: Their size, their industry, their appetite for innovation, and anything else you can use to narrow your focus."
Lots of good stuff here including this: "Writing is the most scalable professional networking activity - stay home, don’t go to events/conferences, and just put ideas down. Building your network, your audience, and your ideas will be something you’ll want to do over your entire career. Think of your writing like a multi-decade project."
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"The lure of building a two-sided marketplace is that it seems like a perpetual motion machine. The bigger each side gets, the more attractive it is to the other side, and vice versa. Then all you have to do is sit back, let them transact, take a small piece, and get rich. But the vast majority of two-sided marketplaces fail."
"You have this limited period of time and the most important thing is to get product out the door, into customers hands and then LEARN FROM THEM"
"Who are you willing to continue to become, even after you’ve accomplished some success? What are you willing to risk, to continue going in the direction that is calling you?"
"Think twice about building a business on a platform some other company controls. The more popular the platform is, the less compunction they'll feel about crushing you."
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As we round the corner into 2020, I'm most excited to start spending 1 day per week at home taking care of my son. He's 3 months old now, so he's getting a bit more interactive. If you have suggestions for things we should do together, send them my way!
Karl Hughes
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