I've worked a fair number of large events - Howard Dean's last rally in New Hampshire after Iowa before the primary, where I brought 1,400 people to Plymouth State University in the midst of a snowstorm and 20 below temperatures, the inaugural Personal Democracy Forum, and Major League Soccer's All-Star Game - and TechCrunch Disrupt has been the most well put-together large event I've ever had the pleasure to work on.
The alternating between experts and "celebrities" and small, scrappy entrepreneurs is a masterstroke. The venue - an abandoned Merrill Lynch office - is inspired. And the energy - oh, the energy! - has been spectacular. (And that's to say nothing of the free booze on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.)
I've had a blast working as a volunteer in my capacity as a rising MBA student at the University of Michigan and as the Director of Marketing at Blueleaf.com
- I have never been more productive than I was here at TC Disrupt. Kudos to Heather, Gené
, Tanya, and all of the other people who helped to put together this inaugural event. It had to be as spectacular as TechCrunch 50, but in a new city, in a new venue, with new personnel. That's certainly no easy task. And they more than rose to the challenge.