Tom Ortega II

360Flex – My Thoughts

In 360Flex, Business, eBay on March 9, 2007 at 8:31 am

360Flex is over and guess what. I’m sad. =( I may be the only person in the world who enjoys making sure that 380+ individuals are having a good time and are learning. It was an honor for me to be both your conference host (as part of the 360Flex committee) and your location host (as I work for eBay and you were in “my house”). You attendees are amazing and make every bit of time and effort worth it.

The true stars of the conference were the community and the technology. Sure, we the committee gave a lot of time and energy, but it was the attendees and presenters that made this event into something special. I love that a lot of our speakers were just as excited to see other speakers as they were about presenting their sessions. Plus, we owe a big thanks to Adobe and their wonderful teams for creating the technology that we could spend 3 days discussing and learning.

Some have commented on how I didn’t appear stressed or nervous, despite the fact that I have never been involved in an event of this size before. The reasons for that is many. I had 2 trusted companions at my side in the committee. If you had John Wilker and Ted Patrick backing you up, you wouldn’t be nervous either. Another reason was that I was so excited to meet you all. I didn’t get a chance to meet everyone despite trying to while handing out badges Sunday evening and Monday morning. Next time though, we can shoot for me meeting all of you.

The feedback that you guys have been providing has been great. Please keep it up by filling out the survey and by posting your thoughts on your blogs. We want this event to keep getting better for you. I know we messed up some areas, and they have been marked for “repairs”. =)

I’m actually kind of jealous of Ted’s job now. He gets to meet you all throughout the year as he does his evangelizing. Well, don’t forget to drop a note to me and let me know how things are going, where you need help, etc. If your on the east coast and a big corporation/organization with a conference facility, drop me a line. The only way I’m gonna get to see my newest 400 friends is with another conference, so onward! =)

‘Til next time, thanks for coming and making our lil conference a success. If you’re local to the Bay Area, don’t forget to sign up for Silvafug (http://silvafug.org) so I can see you sooner. =)

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  1. Tom, Thank you so much for your hard work and efforts in making sure that 360Flex was a success. It certainly was in my book. I got to meet like-minded people and the sessions were outstanding! I wish we could do this more often.

    I hope this was as rewarding to you as it was to me. I know that it took a team of folks to put this on, but a personal thanks to the sweat you personally put into it!

    Jurgen

  2. It was very rewarding. I didn’t get to see as many sessions as I would have liked, but that’s the price of being an organizer. =)

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. I too hope we can do this more often!

  3. Great job Tom, to you, John and Ted, thanks for the hard work!

  4. Thanks, we’re really glad you liked it! =)

  5. Hi Thanks for the conference! Do you know where the presentations will be posted at online? Thanks

  6. We’re just waiting for everyone to get back to us, but we’ll post an update soon. We’ll probably switch the homepage of http://360flex.com to point at the presentation details.

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