Events

The value in bringing a movement to your city

The value in bringing a movement to your city

From time-to-time I hear local people push back on the idea of a new event or program launching in our community if it started elsewhere. The general concern is that by adding this to our local programming we’re giving in to a “me, too” complacency rather than taking on the tough task of designing something original and specific to our community. While I understand where that concern comes from I just never bought it. A few weeks ago, I realized the reason why.

Why it’s important to invite speakers from other cities to speak at your startup event

Why it's important to invite speakers from other cities to speak at your startup event

One of the trickiest and most time-consuming aspects of producing these conferences is assembling the speaker slate. All of the conferences that I’ve worked on have emphasized recruiting speakers from outside the host community, but inevitably a question like “if this is Big Omaha why aren’t there any Omaha founders speaking?” comes up. It’s a logical question and there are several answers. Here’s my take on why it’s important to invite speakers from other cities to speak at local startup conferences.

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