The conference was good for catching up in one-on-one conversations.
On Sunday afternoon I touched down in Orlando to attend the inaugural Merge conference for about 48 hours.
One of my main reasons for attending was to learn more about blockchain and how it can transform businesses. Unfortunately, most of the blockchain programming was during the weekend and I missed it. So I missed out on some of the “merging.”
But I still got a lot out of the conference. The main reason people might criticize the conference is the main reason I got a lot out of it: it was relatively small.
I love NamesCon and ICANN meetings but there are so many people there that many of the conversations end up being superficial. At Merge (and other smaller conferences in the past) I find that I get to have in-depth conversations with people in the hallways, at the bar, etc. This was one of those conferences.
It was also nice getting together with fellow members of the Internet Commerce Association.
On next Monday’s podcast, you will hear from some of the people I caught up with at Merge.