I don’t think I have done this much of talking, in a while. It was great and I loved every bit of it. I gave ten Talks in about twelve days (weekends included) in three different states. It is kind of cool. In the end, I learned a lot and had many great interactions. I think it is a great way to meet people and start conversations. Some of these conversations continue – some on Twitter and others in email.
Here are a few observations:
- Surprising to see the level of interest in entrepreneurship among students. Wish we can figure out an efficient way to help them do simple micro-startups.
- An unassuming kid (almost a kid) is working on a framework for modeling brain. Whoa! Had a nice lunch talk and plan to follow up.
- After every talk, there is small cluster of people who come up and continue the conversation. This is the best part of giving a talk.
- Interaction in smaller crowds always seems to be better than larger crowds.
- Interaction is better when the crowd is a bit homogeneous (barcampers, CS students, management students). If you mix them up, it is more difficult to find a common theme.
- I always prefer the audience to talk way more than I do. But that does not happen most of the time. They seem to spend a lot of time absorbing the information and lot less time challenging.
- I finally found some really, really cool people – a girl with interest in game development, a boy with an interest AI and machine learning, a small club of semantic web enthusiasts, a very vocal group of Tweeters.
- Give the same talk to two different audience and surprisingly, you get entirely different discussions.
- The best people to talk to (at least for me) are geeks. Eternally curious, amazingly insightful and entertainingly opinionated.
- Better then geeks are the small subset of geeks who are aspiring entrepreneurs. I can spend hours with them and not even notice the time passing.
I know what I am going to do for the rest of my life. Just find lots of opportunities to have conversations. They are way more fun than anything else I have done in my life so far. I just need to constantly reinvent myself to stay entertaining, informative and interesting.