I’m a little depressed, and knew it was coming. The same thing happened last year when I got home from Inbound ’13. My boss didn’t get me and my big, inboundy ideas, and every company I interacted with pissed me off.
I’ve had my ticket to HubSpot’s Inbound ’14 since November, THAT is how excited I am to be back in Boston. The day started with a quick (and friendly!) 38-minute JetBlue flight from JFK. Later, while waiting for the venue shuttle HubSpot arranged, I met and had a lovely conversation with Mary Planding of Inbound Marketing Squad, who I’ve been familiar with through the HubSpot Partners LinkedIn group.
After a quick check-in at BCEC, I headed upstairs for the partner reception and bumped into Joey Giangola, an insurance pro from Ohio who I only know from Google+, but just happened to have had a Twitter exchange with an hour earlier. Totally random, but nice to finally shake hands and put a human face to the avatar!
The partner presentation by Patrick Shea and Peter Caputa was great (we played HubPartner Wheel of Fortune!), and some new changes to the tiers program were announced that I expect will help level the playing field for small players like me.
Soon after the partner keynote, I snagged a front row seat to Guy Kawasaki’s welcome keynote. My online opinion of Guy has always been “that has to be the happiest man on the internet,” and he is just like that in real life. His smile is contagious. And Canva rocks — check it out.
Here are Guy’s slides: 10 lessons he learned working for Steve Jobs. Enjoy, and good night. Big day tomorrow!
If you’ve had a business conversation with me since early 2012, you know how much I love HubSpot, but today I’ve got a bone to pick with them. See, this “Delightion” stuff that @dharmesh talked about during his Inbound ’13 keynote address — humanizing the selling process, and delighting customers so much they become promoters of your brand — it put me into a big, ugly funk. [Read more…] about My Inbound ’13 Funk and the Problem with HubSpot “Delightion”
Hi again, from HubSpot’s Inbound ’13 – Day 3! While my conference cohorts celebrate around the corner with One Republic, I come to you from the comfort of my Newbury Street hotel room. I just got off the phone with my son and learned a kid gave him Red Hots at camp today, and he liked them. My son is the pickiest eater in the world, so this is thrilling to me: I eat peperoncinis out of the jar, for breakfast.
Hello from Day 2 of HubSpot’s Inbound ’13 in Boston! Today was totally exhausting and the best day I’ve had all year. I woke up at 3:00 this morning, and definitely not up for the Boylston Street parties tonight. Hope all you HubSpotters are having fun, but also that you are slow and hungover in the morning so I can snag a front row to Arianna Huffington’s keynote!