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Camp DevOps! (at Gluecon 2014)

One of the big uptrends in technology is the rise of DevOps. Whether your organization is a large enterprise or a fledgling startup, DevOps can help.  We have seen this first hand in many of our portfolio companies and the market in general.  This is why we are excited to be working with Eric Norlin and the Gluecon team and in bringing Camp DevOps to Boulder on May 20th.

Camp DevOps is a follow up to the successful DevOps conference we help host last fall here. That conference was very well received and we think Camp DevOps will be even better.  Held at CU Boulder Atlas building, it is a full day chocked full of DevOps. There will be keynotes, technical tracks, business tracks, panel discussions and something called “Hello World” which are hands on technical training sessions.

The lineup of speakers for the show is great with keynotes from Sanjiv Sharma of IBM (and author of DevOps for Dummies), Rajat Bhargava of JumpCloud and Howard Diamond of MobileDay. Plus we’ll be there! You can see a full lineup of speakers and register at

The show is only $49.99 and that includes breakfast and lunch.  If you are already going to Glue admission is free. Also if you buy the admission for Camp DevOps you receive a $100 credit for Gluecon as well.

This will be a great event for the Boulder community on a subject that is near and dear to many of our companies. Hope to see you there!

April 29th, 2014     Categories: Conferences     Tags: , , ,

Glue 2012 will be the best Gluecon yet

As you may know from reading prior posts on the subject the two days that comprise the Glue Conference (May 23rd and 24th, 2012) are some of the most information packed and interesting days of my year. To me what sets Glue apart is that it stands almost alone in the conference circuit as a show that’s neither company specific (Google I/O, Dreamforce, Chirp) or startup celebrity focused (DEMO, TC50, etc.). There are only a sparse few events that are developer focused  – which makes Glue that much more important.

Glue is an incredibly well run conference and you can tell by looking at both the substance and structure of the agenda that Eric and Kim have put a lot of thought into how to enable conference attendees to get the most out of being there. From the simple things that you’ll appreciate long before you realize that you rarely see them at other conferences (power strips at each table, blazing fast wifi, killer soundtrack, etc) to the break-out sessions designed to dive deeply into a subject or technology, to the ample networking, to the ALU DemoPods (see below), Glue is an event designed to enable every attendee to get the most out of their being there (Eric and Kim don’t believe that their job stops when you walk in the door; a great sign of this is that you’ll often see them roaming the floor putting people together that they think should meet).

Last year and again this year, we’ve partnered with Alcatel Lucent to bring the Glue DemoPod to the conference, enabling 12 early stage companies to the show to show off what they’re up to. This was a huge hit last year, with the conference attendees voting for their favorite new company among the bunch (with the winner getting the chance to make a keynote address to the entire conference on the last day of the show). Thanks to ALU, we’re doing it all again for 2012 with another great batch of companies:

New to this year’s Glue is a focus on the hackathon. We’ve done them each year of Glue, but never with the emphasis we’re placing on it in 2012. This year we’re bringing in a great group of hackathon sponsors to help us out (Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Pearson, Cloudspokes (Appirio), Mashery, Loggly), we’re extending the hackathon into day two of the conference, and we’re seriously upping the ante on prizes. Glue is about developers and developers like to build stuff. Come hack away!

So whether you’re an enterprise developer (staying current on technologies, checking out what start-ups can help accelerate your own businesses and internal development initiatives), a start-up developer (all of the above plus looking for a chance to interface, recruit and push the envelope with the next generation of technologists) or a C-level exec (in particular looking to see what’s 3-6 months out on the horizon) Gluecon is for you.

You can register for the event here. Or email me if you have any questions.


April 16th, 2012     Categories: Conferences, Uncategorized     Tags: , ,

The evolution of Gluecon

I was thinking about the evolution of our Glue conference as I drove into work this morning. It’s pretty remarkable how much the infrastructure ecosystem – and therefore our little conference that focuses on it – has changed since we ran our first Gluecon in 2009. The initial premise for Glue was to get together to have a detailed conversation about the technologies that were underlying the trend of the web as a platform (web-as-a-service). And while there was plenty of talk about “cloud” at the time we were talking about it as somewhat of a parallel universe to “web” that connected at very specific end points. And when it came to applications, since “web” was the end point when we said “application” we meant “web application”. And it was pretty clear what was a business application and what was a consumer application and the venn diagram intersection between the two wasn’t particularly meaningful.

Today’s “glue” is very different than it’s predecessors (both the conference and the underlying infrastructure technologies that are at the heart of the conversation at Glue). The discussion at Gluecon has moved well beyond the web as the primary platform and centers instead around the intersection of cloud, web, mobile, tablet and a more generalized concept of “app”. APIs are the stars of the show and help bring together an ecosystem approach to the dissemination of technology that no longer views the web as having primacy over other points of application consumption. And, importantly, enterprise applications have taken on many of the attributes of their consumer cousins (not to mention in some cases the apps themselves) – and as a result are more apt to share the look, feel and underlying technologies of what had been solely the domain of consumer apps a few years ago.

And if you think about the conferences that create all the buzz, they’re for the most part either company specific (Google I/O, Dreamforce, Chirp) or startup celebrity focused (DEMO, TC50, etc.). There are a sparse few that are developer focused (Qcon, MySQL, OSCON) – which makes Glue that much more important. So whether you’re an enterprise developer (staying current on technologies, checking out what start-ups can help accelerate your own businesses and internal development initiatives), a start-up developer (all of the above plus looking for a chance to interface, recruit and push the envelope with the next generation of technologists) or a C-level exec (in particular looking to see what’s 3-6 months out on the horizon) Gluecon is for you.

A few other notes about this year’s Glue.

I’ve written in the past about our partnership with Alcatel Lucent. It’s a big deal to us and it’s a big deal to the 15 companies that were given demo space at the conference because of ALU. These companies didn’t participate in a “sponsorship contest” where those that could pay the table fee could come demo. They were selected by a committee of judges (myself included) entirely based on merit. And the result is a pretty fantastic showcase of technologies in a way that you won’t see at any other conference. (the winning companies are Big Door, ReportGrid, StreamStep, Wanderfly, Proxomo Software, LocVox,, Eclipse Foundation, Standing Cloud, Flomio, Jexy, Axiomatics,, Statsmix and Tendril Networks).

You still have a few days to qualify for the early bird pricing ($170 off the full admission price), which expires at the end of this week (meaning April 22nd). Register here.

The agenda is mostly filled out now and it looks absolutely fantastic. Whether you want to hear how to make money with your API strategy, commiserate on the failure of SOAP adoption, geek out on AWS strategies or just lurk the hallways to jump into interesting conversations, there’s something at Glue for you!

See you there.

April 19th, 2011     Categories: Conferences    

Gluecon and Alcatel-Lucent team – changing the game at Gluecon 2011

[Cross  posted from a piece I put up on the Foundry Group blog earlier today]

Our goal for Gluecon has always been to make it *the* gathering place for developers working on the connective technologies that hold the web and IT infrastructure together – from web services to SOA to APIs and cloud computing. Eric Norlin – our partner in Gluecon, Defrag and now Blur – has helped bring together technology leaders for an in depth (and proudly geeky) conversation around the changing landscape of these technologies and the applications they support.

As we move towards our third year running Gluecon we’re extremely pleased to announce a hugely important sponsorship with Alcatel-Lucent. ALU will become the Community Underwriter for the conference. This partnership will really change the face of Glue and open up even more opportunities for companies to participate. For starters, ALU is underwriting the ability for 15 companies to demo at Glue. These companies will be selected completely on merit by a selection committee that includes:

Eric Norlin
Chris Shipley (Guidewire Group)
Mathew Ingram (MESH and GigaOm)
John Musser (Programmable Web)
Laura Merling (Alcatel-Lucent)
Alex Williams (ReadWriteWeb)
Jeff Lawson (Twillio)
Jeff Hammond (Forrester)
Ian Gl;azer (Gartner)
Ben Kepes (
Krish Subramanian (CloudAve)
Vinod Kurpad (Best Buy)
Seth Levine (Foundry Group)

To quote from Eric’s blog on this announcement:

I’m excited because I feel like we have the ability to really change the game with this one. If you take away the company specific conference (Google i/o, Twitter, F8), there really just aren’t that many national-level gathering spots for developers in the cloud/API space. There are a lot of “business level” and “workshop” conferences that happen around cloud computing, but we’re talking DEVELOPERS.

And even where there are developer gatherings in the cloud/API space, the ability to pay has always been a limiting factor for startups and companies wanting tho show their wares and exhibit.

That ends with Gluecon 2011. With Gluecon 2011 developers in the cloud/API space have the ability to participate in a pure meritocracy. Wow the selection committee and you’re in.

At the end of the day, what I want to see is 500+ developers coming to Gluecon to build apps, figure out cloud infrastructure, scaling, security, and solve the tough problems around API construction, usage and maintenance.

If you’re a company interested in participating, click here for more details.

See you at Gluecon 2011!

November 3rd, 2010     Categories: Conferences     Tags: , , ,

Made your Glue plans yet? It’s not too late!

image Our Glue conference is finally upon us. The agenda and speakers are locked down and all the final details are being attended to. We have a great group of speakers lined up this year across a number of different tracks:

The  ”Hacking Identity” track  – which highlights user managed access (Eve Maler), federated provisioning (Nishant Kaushik), XAuth (Chris Messina), and Webfinger (Brad Fitzpatrick) and follows it up with a discussion moderated by Ian Glazer (of Burton Group, now Gartner).

“Integrating Drizzle” with Eric Day from Rackspace. Rackspace brought most of the Drizzle guys on board when the Sun-Oracle merger happened. I’m anxious to learn more.

“On Hadoop” with Todd Lipcon from Cloudera. Hadoop is about as dominant as it gets at the moment, and I profess to knowing far less about it than I should. You?

Three sessions on scalability and the cloud stack — from Bradford Stephens (Hadoop, HBase, Zookeeper), Oren Teich (of Heroku, on scaling apps), and Sebastian Stadil (Scalr).

The good news for those of you who haven’t signed up yet is that it’s not too late! Seriously – you have plenty of options. There are still reasonably priced flights from both coasts to Denver. And if you live in CO, you have even less of an excuse not to be there. Sign up before hand – you can still use “seth12” to get 10% off the ticket price, but there will be NO DISCOUNTS AT THE DOOR.

See you at Glue!

May 21st, 2010     Categories: Conferences    

23 days until Glue

As you can see from the date of my last post, I’ve been a bit tied up. Not to worry – new content coming soon. Including some more thoughts leading up to our Glue conference. In the meantime here’s a repost of some thoughts from Eric Norlin as we near 3 weeks out from Glue.

Yes, we are “rounding the bend” — 23 days until Gluecon. I feel like I’ve droned on endlessly about how great it’s going to be (I probably have), so let me just take a different approach by highlighting some things I’m looking forward to — starting at the END of Day 2 and working backwards a bit.

David Linthicum’s closing keynote: I’ve never met David, but he has the reputation of being super smart — having been around SOA architecture stuff, and now cloud stuff for quite some time. David told me he’s more comfortable speaking to a technical crowd, and I said, “perfect.” I’m looking forward to his thoughts where we go from here.

The  ”Hacking Identity” track  – which highlights user managed access (Eve Maler), federated provisioning (Nishant Kaushik), XAuth (Chris Messina), and Webfinger (Brad Fitzpatrick) and follows it up with a discussion moderated by Ian Glazer (of Burton Group, now Gartner).

“Integrating Drizzle” with Eric Day from Rackspace. Rackspace brought most of the Drizzle guys on board when the Sun-Oracle merger happened. I’m anxious to learn more.

“On Hadoop” with Todd Lipcon from Cloudera. Hadoop is about as dominant as it gets at the moment, and I profess to knowing far less about it than I should. You?

Three sessions on scalability and the cloud stack — from Bradford Stephens (Hadoop, HBase, Zookeeper), Oren Teich (of Heroku, on scaling apps), and Sebastian Stadil (Scalr).

That’s just one possible “track” of sessions that runs from Lunch to the end of Day 2. That’s an extra-large helping of information. In one afternoon. And you can make your own choices.

I’m really proud of what we’ve got going, and when I look around at what else is out there – be it 1 day unconferences (that cost the same as gluecon), or large tradeshows (that cost 2-3x gluecon), and exceedingly happy about the value that we’re offering developers. So, get your butt to Gluecon!

May 3rd, 2010     Categories: Conferences    

Have you registered for Glue yet?

I can’t help myself at this time of year but to remind you that you probably haven’t registered for Glue yet and that you need to get on it. Glue is one of three conferences that Foundry helps facilitate with Eric Norlin (the others are Defrag and Blur, the latter of which is still in development but coming this summer). Glue is an in depth discussion about the web as a platform and the future in a world where most (all?) apps live in the cloud (either public or private). Once again, Eric has put together a fantastic agenda (you can see the full list of topics here). This year’s speakers include:

  • Michael Barrett, CISO, PayPal
  • Professor Eric Brewer, creator of the CAP Theorem
  • Chris Hoff, Dir. of Cloud Solutions, Cisco
  • Ryan Sarver, Dir. of Platform, Twitter
  • Jonathan Ellis, Lead on the Cassandra project

In addition, you’ll hear about:

  • The Cassandra Database: Inside Twitter’s Choice
  • What’s up with OAuth/WRAP?
  • 5 Things I Hate about your API Terms of Service
  • The Apache Cloud Stack (Hadoop, HBase, Zookeeper, etc)
  • App PaaS vs. Enhanced Cloud System Infrastructure
  • Inside MongoDB: the internals of a NoSQL database
  • Understanding User-managed Access

Glue runs May 26th and 27th and is being held this year at the Omni Interlocken (in Broomfield, CO).  If you register now you still qualify for the early bird rate of $525 (regular price is $695). In addition, this year Glue is sponsoring CloudCamp the day before the conference. CloudCamp is free, but space is limited (you can sign up here).

Note to CO readers: We’re really pushing hard this year for greater local attendance. We’ve chosen to run all of our conferences here in Colorado in an effort to push the region as a leader in innovative thinking around emerging technology trends. This is a great opportunity to participate in a national conversation about key themes in technology right here in your back yard. Show up and represent!

March 22nd, 2010     Categories: Conferences     Tags: , , ,

Venture Capital in the Rockies Winter 2010 Unveils Promising Growth Companies Ahead of Conference

Twenty Companies Ranging From Seed Stage to Mezzanine Will Showcase Next Generation Technologies from Various Industries at the 27th Annual VCIR Winter 2010 Conference

Denver, CO, February 23, 2010 – The Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association today unveiled its final lineup of growth companies at the 27th annual Venture Capital in the Rockies (VCIR) 2010 Winter conference. This year’s conference will highlight twenty promising early-growth companies; all based in the Rocky Mountain region and a majority of which are focused on clean technology, a burgeoning industry in the area.

The VCIR Winter 2010 conference will be held at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, Colorado, February 23-25, showcasing early-growth companies from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

Along with company presentations and ample networking opportunities, Dan Caruso, CEO of Zayo Group, will give this winter’s keynote address. As an active member of the telecommunications and Internet community, Caruso will address the attendees about the virtues of starting a company in the Rocky Mountains.

The conference will also feature a Technology Showcase, an inaugural demonstration of five very early stage technology companies that is designed to feature the next generation of innovation from the region and further VCIR’s legacy of entrepreneurial mentorship.

“The Venture Capital in the Rockies 2010 Winter conference is a premier event for both promising companies and attendees,” said Seth Levine, chairman of VCIR and a managing partner at the Foundry Group, a Boulder, CO-based venture capital firm. “Over the last 10 years we have seen impressive numbers that show the conference being an initiator in the future success of presenting companies.

That is why the conference has become an annual opportunity to identify great companies from around the Rocky Mountain region,” he continued.

Companies from Colorado represent the majority of presenters and constitute all of the clean technology and new energy companies participating in the conference.

· zettasun manufactures efficient commercial rooftop solar panels using proprietary optical technology to dramatically reduce the cost of solar electricity to be at or below grid costs.

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· Cool Energy is an energy technology company that has developed a 100% clean conversion engine that transforms heat to electrical power for solar-based combined heat and power home applications and for waste heat recovery.

· RavenBrick delivers innovative solar-controlled windows, which reduce energy costs by up to 50 percent.

· BioVantage offers an algae-based, “green” alternative to classical wastewater lagoon aeration significantly reducing costs while helping municipalities to comply with new stringent mandates.

· Eco-Products is the nation’s leading brand of single use food service products made from renewable and recycled resources.

· Ice Energy delivers distributed energy storage and smart grid solutions to leverage higher efficiencies associated with generating and transmitting less expensive off-peak power.

· Pure Energy Solutions is the developer of superior wire-free charging technology and rechargeable battery solutions for consumer electronic devices.

· VanDyne SuperTurbo offers a product that increases horsepower and therefore improves thermal efficiency in vehicles, potentially improving fuel efficiency 36% in gasoline cars and trucks, with no loss of performance.

· Green Garage is a new kind of garage that makes cars gentler on the planet and easier on the wallet. Green Garage aggregates proven, sustainable, energy saving automotive maintenance/repair related products and delivers them through convenient consumer valet and corporate mobile on-site services.

Additional Colorado Representatives

· TruEffect merges the interactivity and reach of the Web, with the precision and effectiveness of direct marketing to deliver increased media performance and unparalleled new insights to global advertisers.

· provides college parents with critical campus information and connects parents with local services near campus, such as restaurants, hotels, and storage facilities.

· TopSchool, Inc. is a leading SaaS provider of Student Lifecycle Management (SLM) solutions for higher education, empowers student-centric institutions to drive growth, reduce costs and meet accountability requirements.

· Clementine Arts markets the first full line of natural art supplies for children.  All of the products are made in the USA and are naturally non-toxic, while functioning on par or better than traditional art supplies.

Consumer, Information Technology, Medical, and Imaging Technologies also Represented

· iMemories provides a single Web destination for consumers to digitize, preserve and store their full length home videos and photos online, regardless of the original media format, and share them across multiple consumer platforms, ranging from televisions and mobile phones to popular social networks and blogs.

· Mangia allows sports fans to order food and merchandise (and eventually tickets) using a mobile phone and have it delivered right to a stadium or arena seat.

· DICOM grid is a healthcare information technology that helps hospitals, imaging facilities and physicians manage and distribute radiology health records to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving healthcare industry.

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· Infopia is a leader in SaaS (Software as a Service) eCommerce platform solutions—giving retailers the tools they need to sell effectively online and helping merchants grow their business faster and more effectively than any other technology provider.

· CradlePoint engineers and manufactures wireless 3G/4G broadband routers and software platforms that facilitate secure Internet access via 3G/4G wireless (cellular) broadband networks.

· Firerock Technology develops, licenses, and sells proprietary hardware and software that improve the performance, security, and reliability of Information Technology systems.

The three-day conference is about both new companies and new ideas, as well as giving attendees a chance to network with over 300 investors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and service professionals.

About VCIR

Venture Capital in the Rockies (VCIR) is the region’s oldest and best attended venture capital conference and will hold its 27th annual VCIR Winter edition in Beaver Creek, Colorado in 2010. Along with the annual VCIR Fall conference, the two VCIR conferences encompass the premier venture investing conferences in the Rocky Mountain region and among the most respected venture conferences in the country. Creating a dynamic marketplace for ideas and investment, both editions of VCIR invite over companies seeking investment to present to panels of venture investors, as well as an audience of other entrepreneurs, CEOs and professionals servicing the venture community. More information can be found at

February 23rd, 2010     Categories: Conferences     Tags: ,

We don’t charge companies to present at VCIR

There’s been an extremely lively debate online over the last few months about the practice of charging entrepreneurs to present to VCs. You can see my post on that subject here, one from my partner Jason Mendelson over on peHUB here, Jason Calicanis’ very popular post on the subject here (and a quick search on Google will pick up dozens more). At issue is the question of whether it’s reasonable to charge entrepreneurs to get in front of potential investors. I’m clearly on the side of not charging entrepreneurs to pitch to investor groups – reputable events of this nature can attract sponsor dollars and/or the angel investors involved should be footing the (relatively small) bill.

While the original discussion around this topic was specific to angel groups, the more recent conversation has included other forums where investors and companies come together such as conferences (like the one that Jason talks about in his post). To be completely clear, I don’t object to charging companies that attend these conferences the same registration fee as other paying attendees and I completely support the ability of conference organizers to make money by putting on a quality event through sponsorship dollars and attendee revenue. The practice I object to is charging only the presenting companies and/or charging them a multiple of what other attendees are charged.

I know that you can successfully operate a conference in this fashion because for the last 27 years the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association and KPMG have been running the Venture Capital in the Rockies conference that brings together companies headquartered in the Rocky Mountain Region with investors from across the country (and the world). I’ve had the pleasure of being the conference chair for the last two years – an experience that was eye-opening (running a successful conference is hard work!) but reinforced my view that one can successfully put on an event that both supports entrepreneurs and makes money. And while, as I state above, I think it’s fair game to charge presenting entrepreneurs who attend conferences the standard registration fee, in the case of VCIR we don’t charge our presenters anything at all. In fact we also allow them to bring additional executives from their companies for a deeply discounted rate from the standard conference fee (we actually lose money on these attendees as well). For 2010 this is not only true for the 20 main-track presenting companies but also true of the 5 “Technology Showcase” companies that are giving shorter, DEOM-style quick pitches at the front end of the conference (the Tech Showcase is something new that I’ve put into this year’s program).

We do this because it’s the right thing to do and because it helps us attract the best possible group of presenting companies from across our region, which in turn helps us attract quality investors, which in turn allows us to support the event through sponsors and attendance fees. I know that we have a quality product from the large number of sponsors, the number of returning attendees and the number of non-presenting companies who attend for the quality program and networking. The conference turns a profit (even this year in a difficult economy) and our presenters have been very successful attracting investment after their participation – all without charging our presenting companies.

February 22nd, 2010     Categories: Conferences     Tags: , ,

A note to Colorado technologists – Attend Glue!

I’m reposting a note from Eric Norlin, our partner in both the Glue and Defrag conferences which really struck a chord with me. While Foundry invests across the US, we’re based in Colorado and do our best to support the local startup ecosystem. As part of this we very deliberately set up camp with both Glue and Defrag here in our backyard in an effort to make Denver/Boulder the center of the technology universe for a few days of in depth discussion and networking around all things technology. Glue is coming up at the end of May. It’s an in depth look at the “connective” technologies that are changing the way we live and work. If you’re a technologist that’s working in and around this space I’d encourage you to show up. Especially if you live here in Colorado – come support our effort to bring greater focus and energy around these topics right in your backyard.


As a guy who organizes two tech conferences that take place in Colorado, I’m in a bit of a weird place. I’m part of that “Colorado tech community” via my friends/cohorts/biz partners — people like Brad Feld begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Seth Levine, Andre Durand, Rob Johnson, Josh Fraser, John Minnihan, David Cohen, etc — but I’m also not part of that community, as I don’t get to be absorbed into all of the day to day stuff (by virtue of the fact that I don’t physically reside in Colorado). However, I believe that Colorado (Boulder-Denver especially) is one of the best places in the country that you could “get involved” in the internet-software space. I’ve railed against the “if you’re serious you move to Silicon Valley” myth so many times (and called the purveyors of that falsehood more names than I care to remember) that I can’t even believe it still ever comes up. And, in some ways, I think this recession has really helped to expose people to the fact that there is so much good entrepreneurial activity happening outside of the valley. I mean, is there any *hotter* (trendy, successful, honest, fun) group of VCs than Union Square Ventures (Twitter, Zynga), Foundry Group (Zynga), Roger Ehrenberg (new fund on Big Data) and Howard Lindozon (Stocktwits)? Nope. Do *any* of them live in Silicon Valley? Nope. Places outside of “the valley” are where it’s at right now (much to the dismay of some), and Colorado is leading that charge.

Similarly, I often get asked why Glue (or Defrag) isn’t located in the Bay Area. My answer is always the same, “don’t you think the bay area has enough tech conferences?” The Bay Area really isn’t the center of the universe. I know – shocking, right? The second question I always get is “why Colorado?” That answer is a bit more complex, but really it boils down to “because it rocks, that’s why.” (And it does Bay Area folks good to actually *go* to a conference sometimes.)

It is in that spirit that I wanted to reach out specifically to everyone in Colorado in the software, internet, startup space. We’re bringing some *amazing* people and sessions to your backyard for Glue, so I’m making my case early: If you live in Colorado, and are interested in software, you need to come. Now, let me explain why:

1. Speakers: Look, there is no shortage of genius in Colorado. But that doesn’t mean that mixing that genius with other geographically different genius-types doesn’t yield good things. With that in mind (and keeping in mind that the agenda is still a very early draft), let’s look at the speakers that are already confirmed –

Doug Crockford (creator of JSON), Joe Shirrey (Azure team, Microsoft), Dwight Merriman (CEO, 10gen), Sunir Shah (Freshbooks), Scott McMullan (Google biz stuff), John Musser (Programmable Web), Clay Loveless (CTO, Mashery), Dave Smith (Basho), Jonathan Ellis (Rackspace), Mike Miller (Cloudant), Emil Eifrem (Neotechnology), Michael Barrett (CISO, PayPal), Chris Hoff (Director of Cloud, Cisco), Laura Merling (Alcatel-Lucent), Ryan Sarver (Director of Platform, Twitter), Jack Moffitt (Collecta), Jeff Lindsay (Webhooks), John Fallows (CTO, Kaazing), Brian Mulloy (Apigee), Jeff Lawson (Twilio), Rick Nucci (CTO, Boomi), Phil Windley (Kynetx), Joe Stump (SimpleGEO), David Recordon (Facebook), Eric Marcoullier (Gnip), Chris Messina (Open Web Advocate, Google), Eve Maler (PayPal)

…and that’s the *early* draft. The agenda is probably 30% complete.

2. Topics: What about topics we’ll be covering?

Webfinger, User-managed Access, Federated Provisioning, Open/Linked Data, Cloud Data Management, Facebook’s Open API, Understanding Twitter’s APIs, MongoDB, Activity Streams, A6 (cloudaudit), OAuthWRAP, managing multiple APIs, XMPP, webhooks, PubSubHubBub, HTML5 websockets, cloud security, SAML, OpenID, Facebook Connect, NoSQL (Neo4J, Cassandra, Riak, CouchDB), API terms of service, State of the API marketplace, How to build your own computing cloud, AWS,, Windows Azure, Google App Engine, Web Oriented Architecture, and a ton more that we’re still adding.

3. Price: You can register right now for Gluecon for under $475 bucks (just use “louie1″ when registering) — a price that’s already cheaper than 80% of the conferences you’d attend in the Bay Area (and absolutely cheaper than any other “cloud” conference – which are running about $1895). Throw in the fact that the conference is in your backyard (ie, no travel expenses) and it becomes an unbeatable Colorado deal. Keep in mind, that price is covering your food, drink, evening reception, wifi – everything — over 2 days.

4. And let’s just say that $472.50 is still out of your price range – then at a minimum you should be registered for the Cloud Camp happening at Gluecon. It’s free (and only has 140 tickets remaining, so don’t wait), so there’s no excuse there.

Bottom-line: if you’re doing internet-software-startup stuff in Colorado, Gluecon covers every possibility (price, topics, speakers, location). You literally have to work at it to come up with a reason NOT to go if you live in Colorado.

I’m saying all of this for a very simple reason: My hope is that the Colorado “presence” at Gluecon is overwhelming this year. Last year, about 70% of our gluecon participants came from outside of Colorado. That just isn’t right.

So, my Colorado friends, you can stay home, not meet amazing people, not participate in hackathons, not get involved in a new project, not increase your knowledge and help your career, and wonder why it is that Silicon Valley gets to have all of the fun, OR you can realize that the Valley doesn’t get to have all of the fun, and do something about it by participating in Gluecon. I really hope you’ll choose the latter, because we’re gonna have a blast.

February 15th, 2010     Categories: Conferences     Tags: ,