2015 Boulder Start Up Week Diary – Monday

First day in the bag.

I got to the opening keynote early, checked out the space (it was an hour before it started and I just walked into the venue. The people there looked a little concerned that someone had just walked in. I looked around and then apologetically left). The venue was a nice room, perfectly holding the number of attendees.

Opening Keynote was amazing. The inner right join of Buddhism and technology start ups returned a LOT of rows.  Jerry Colonna‘s talk was both touching and found me incredibly introspective. Why are you here? What are you feeling? These are things we don’t evaluate in our daily tech jobs, but they are important metrics to use to perform more efficiently and more carefully.  I could listen to this guy for hours.

Spent some time on Pearl street, getting coffee etc. This is such a great town. Half Portland, half Arcata, half seattle. Yes, three halves. THAT is how weird Boulder is.

After a cup of coffee with Alex, we went to Quick Left for the Office Chair Scavenger Hunt. Meeting Jared for the first time, it was like meeting an old, deranged friend. Also there from Name was Bernice who was our reluctant passenger.

The Office Chair race has a few rules. Someone must be in the chair at all times. No motors. Race around Boulder with the person in the chair and use clues to find places to take a pic and tweet out with the tag #QLChairRace. First one to get them all and return to the secret location wins.

We. Didn’t. Win.

BUT, we had a ton of fun running through Boulder. Jared build the “Chairiot” which was the secret to our middle of the pack success:


Once done, we all gathered at the finish line for a beer and stories of our amazing success. Congrats to all the participants! It was so fun and I got to meet so many great people.

The afterparty was at Tahona Tequila Bistro. Those that know me know that this was probably my idea. I got to share my love of tequila with people who were, at the same time, hilarious and incredibly smart.

That is it for today. I have to get up at 6 to make the 8am event the Boulder Open Coffee Club. Sorry this post is so short. I am an old, old man. I have almost come to terms with it, so you should too.




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