I’ve just finished up my second day of the Salesforce.com Dreamforce tradeshow and must say that I continue to be impressed with the quality of the event. Salesforce.com’s budget is rumored to be $10 million for this one week conference, and it really shows. With keynote speakers like Colin Powell, bands like the Black Crowes, and 19,000 attendees, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
My advice for entrepreneurs still stands that tradeshows should be used as business development events whereby you schedule as many meetings as possible with partners, customers, press, and analysts. The chance to meet up with people face-to-face should not but wasted and tradeshows still have a big role, even in our internet-enabled world.