Most of the attendees to Inman Connect are owners, corporate people, or start-ups in the real estate industry- not many Realtors attend. It’s a fantastic way to teach, learn and network from those who are pushing the industry into the future.
And there are some great conversations floating around in the halls between sessions. With normal company or Board of Realtor Association conventions much of the conversation is, “How do you get your business?” or “What do you think of the market?” At the Connect event there are so many technology companies and owners of brokerages that the conversations have a bit more sophistication. Throw in a few beers and they get very interesting.
Some of the things I saw, realized, remembered, liked, and noticed from the convention;
There are a ton of start-ups launching in real estate right now
It is a blast meeting up with other bloggers at these conventions
Google offices have arcade games and a cool view
Dustin (dramatically) cut his hair
Joel always seemed to be on his way somewhere
NYC is a great place for a convention
Speaking at 9am has its advantages. I was a bit ambivalent about speaking in the first session of Connect. I didn’t know if kicking off the event was an honor or if it was like being the opening act for something better. Turns out, it was pretty great.
If you forget to pack your pants and have to wear jeans, just pretend you did it on purpose and noone will ever know the difference (until you blog about it)
Showing up at the very end of a party (because your flight was delayed) is still fun, but you’re left out of all the pictures and video
Craig never has much enthusiasm, but he’s always honest
I always forget my camera
Many large brokerages just don’t understand technology and how to utilize it efficiently. Even some who think they do- really don’t. Politics and corporate red tape make a company move too slow to keep up with technology.
Rudy and Joe are always cool to hang out with (and they always remember their cameras)
Dustin has a list of things he learned as well.