I’m a mobility nerd. I commute on my bike, I like the wind in my face, the freedom and the human connection you get outside of a personal car. I am giddy with excitement about new modes of transportation - especially digging into real life implementation, tracks to changing social stigmas, and improving urban infrastructure. So when my team asked if I would like to go with them to TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility, my first tech conference, I said yes before they could finish the question.
I took the light rail to the California Theater in San Jose, grabbed a soy latte at Caffe Frascati, picked up my badge and perused the booths while sipping my coffee as exhibitors were finishing their setup. I’m that fresh blood that gets to the conference early.
Sitting in the front row of the theater on red crushed velvet seats, I was ready to watch panelists take the stage by storm - including founders of three Key clients: May Mobility, Refraction and Skip Scooters.
*PAUSE FOR POKE BOWL*
When you really get to talk to someone, you are able to get a better feel for their idea and their energy behind it. You have an opportunity to talk through the challenges they face and hear out creative solutions. You never know when a conversation will spark ideas for thought leadership that wouldn’t have otherwise jumped to mind. Being able to take a day to break down those walls, sip mediocre coffee, and chuckle with everyone makes developing relationships MUCH easier.
She came, she learned, she conquered.