I have just flown directly from a stunning nine day vacation in Jamaica to Orlando, Florida for CTIA, the main US mobile conference. Talk about culture shock! I’ll blog more on the amazing trip to Jamaica soon.
I have not been to Orlando in eight years. Somewhat embarrassingly, right after we sold my old venture Cductive to eMusic back in 1999, we took the whole team to Orlando for a 4 day party vacation. Back then, my partners and I debated where to treat the staff as an additional "thank you" for all their hard work. I actually proposed Jamaica, but Disney World it was. Our team showed its great wit and spirit by presenting us (the three founders) and each other with logo-emblazed T-shirts that read: "We sold the company and all we got was this crummy trip to Disney World." I still have mine and wear it with pride.
CTIA is a great show and I’ve booked a heavy schedule while here. I’ll be at the Enterprise Ireland, Wireless Internet Caucus, and Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live events on Monday. I’ll be at CTIA all day Tuesday and Wednesday, scouring the show for innovative new companies and technologies. Also, on Wednesday at 1pm, I’ll be moderating the main mobile music panel, featuring mobile music honchos from Warner Music, Sony BMG, MTV Networks, Verizon, Cingular, and Sprint Nextel. I’ll also be attending various evening events including the INmobile and Motricity/MTV parties. Unfortunately, I’ll miss the speeches by former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush (Sr.) on Thursday morning as I fly back to NYC Wednesday night.
I’ll report back after the show.