So I have to admit – I have been terribly lazy in writing up the davos experience – I guess the main reason was that during the event you barely had anytime to breathe and after the event you needed to rest for a week and then spent the rest of the time trying to catch up on the emails and work that you had missed.
Many people asked me the usual question – “Sachin, how was Davos?” and my reply was always “I felt like a 5yr old in a toy store” – and honestly speaking the sensation wasn’t far from the truth. I don’t recall a moment (not even sleep) when the adrenalin levels and excitement was anything less than peak most of the time.
After Day 1 we began to start organising ourselves a little better – realising that we needed to wear snow boots when walking to any part of the outside world else we would be getting a free sleding lessons with our rear-end being the sledge (yes I am speaking from experience).
Moving on to experience that is Davos; it was unbelievable the people you met and the way they interacted with you – I was simply blown away by the humility and the nature of the conversation. And the funny thing is it started day one – minute one.
One the first official day of the summit – I met a very interesting gentleman from Bloomberg – in a bid to try and start a conversation I brought out my new nivio gadget (as you can see below) and this broadcasts a screen – there was so much excitement between this and a few other pieces (that I am legally bound to be SHH about) that we spoke for 2 hrs and I handed out the oh – so – cool nivio wristbands (do you have one yet???!) – anyhow turns Craig Copetas knew some of our board but was so excited by what we did that he took photos (we were flattered!) and we ended up having a small group of folks watching our demo! (Thanks Craig)
Moving on we then went to the Opening Reception – in typical Davos style it was fully of the “creme de la creme” of business and media personalities – we decided our best method of attack was to park ourselves on a round table near the entrance and just pull out all the stops by putting out all our funky looking gadgets with a hope that people would come speak to us – and it worked!!! (Definate trick to be remembered next year) – so much so we had the pleasure of meeting Anne Seith (Editor of Spiegel!) who wrote a very very cool piece about us! [http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,604168,00.html]
At the reception we met a lot of people incuding Anand Mahindran (a legend in Indian Industry) but the person that left the most impressive impression and later became a good friend was Yves Behar (fuseproject.com – the brains behind the design of Slingbox, OLPC [one laptop per child] and jaw bone]. I owe a thank you to Kal Patel from bestbuy for the introduction (we were hunting Kal down since 3 weeks before the summit- he is after all one of the most powerful people in retail america!) – and another equally interest meet was Paola Antonelli from the Museum of Modern Art in New York – the first day really summed up the Davos Experience – rich in people, diversity in genre and humilty in absolute nature.
Moving on – we went to what was our (and about 32 other ppl’s) night! The Technology Pioneers 2009 Awards Dinner (picture attached!) – we ended up travelling with Yves and Kal (like you do!!). The dinner was unbelievable – at our table was Mitchel Baker (Chairperson / CEO of Mozilla Firefox), Bruce Golden (Partner Accel) and Chris Gilbert of Ubquisys – it was just an unbelievable audience. We also met Robert Scobble (who did a little piece on us!) – incase you don’t know Robert he is the most awesome blogger (and does some stuff for techcrunch)
So after this -we ended up at Yossi Vardi’s nightcap – (the brains behind ICQ) – Yossi was awesome – what an energetic guy and the nightcap was unbelievable. Nightcaps are the times when you end up having to party (oh what work!) till the early hours of the morning – more on the nightcaps soon to come in future posts.
Long second day – was time for bed!