Saying No to Yes & July 14, 2014
Not my cup of tea
I went to Yes & over the weekend and it was disappointing. I was drawn in by:
The theory was, if you get a group of smart, engaged individuals together in the right place that great things would happen.
Sadly, the conference was not that.
I was expecting more of a Strange Loop experience. Something is a far away place where each interaction leaves me thinking, pondering, and expanded.
Instead, Yes & is a big, fun partay.
If you'd like to hang out in the pool, get drunk, share new strains of medical marijuana, and go to a fun prom with all the hipsters from the Mission, Brooklyn, LA, and Portlandia, Yes & is the place to be.
Everybody I met was friendly and nice. But I had very few substantive conversations. I can't think of a conversation, a session, an interaction that left me thinking and pondering.
So, I left early. I rented a car and drove back home to the pets.
None of this is to say that the Yes & organizers didn't produce a hell of a partay. But if I'm going to spend days with a bunch of people rather than my kids, my pets, and my code, I want to learn and grow as a person. Yes & did not offer much of that for me.
The other thing that really hit home is how "Hollywood" the
tech industry has become. So much of the conversation at Yes &
was about who knew who rather than substance. Taking meetings
and going to wild parties in Palm Springs was a Hollywood, 1960s
thing... it is the mid-century modern that partially spawned
the personal computer revolution as a rebellion... because
the personal computer gave the individual control... so going to a wild
partay in Palm Springs and talking to people who just need
to get a meeting with the right
to pitch their scriptstart-up made
me very sad at a deep, core level.