Getting ready for PDC


I’m starting to get ready for another trip to Los Angeles for Microsoft PDC. PDC08 was a great trip, however, it ended really poorly for me. I arrived home from LA and spent 5 days in Toronto General Hospital after complaining all week about chest pain. It turns out that after a heart attack, they take this stuff very seriously, and wanted to do an angiogram. I promise for PDC09 to not hole up in my hotel room and hide because my chest hurts!

Thomas Lewis has a great post on Hotels for PDC09. I’ve stayed at the Westin Bonaventure for PDC08 and CHI98. It’s a great hotel. It was where True Lies was filmed.

“Where do all the Microsofties hang after the event? If you are a fan of edgy chef personalities, you know that you always want to find the dives the chefs go to after their shifts are done. Later in the evening, after evening events and A/V checks are done, many of our kind will head over to the lobby of the Westin Bonaventure where everyone will be hanging out at the bar chatting up the news of the day and talking with attendees. Now, if you are looking to find all the hipster-Microsofties, then you want to head to the club at the rooftop of The Standard. The view there is awesome but the drinks can get expensive.” Thomas Lewis – Devil’s Field Guide to the PDC

But I’m thinking I’m going to change it up for 2009. I’m turning over a new leaf. And in a tribute to my turn-of-the-last-century industrialists I’m thinking the Millennium Biltmore will be my home away from home for a few days in November. I stayed in the Biltmore as part of the planning committee for CHI2000. And while the hotel is not the family estate, it should be fun. It’s only a few blocks from Westin, check out my Bing Collection of the hotels to help find your friends in downtown LA, and it’s something new. Plus how can you go wrong with the name Biltmore?

Links for 2008-07-31


  • PDC – $200 Early Registration Discounts ends Aug 15, 2008
    I’m intrigued with PDC. Microsoft will be presenting the future of the platform. There will be an OpenSpace. Sessions on F#, cloud services, building block services, Silverlight for Mobile, IE8 render engine, Live Platform including building Mesh Applications, RIAs in Silverlight,  Project “Astoria”, SSDS, Windows 7, and more. It’s very developer focused. But it will be interesting to hear the direction being set by Ray Ozzie and Rick Rashid.
  • 10 Amazing Visualizations of Social Networks
    SocialMediaTrader lists 10 stunning visualizations of social networks. The goal of each of the visualizations is to give users a better understanding of how social networks work. Fidgt allows you to build and visualize relationships amongst your network (seen above). These visualizations are just incredible ways to view the complex, changing relationships between data in social networks.
  • How to partner with Microsoft
    Don Dodge has a summary about how startups can begin to partner with Microsoft. The program is focused around marketing help, building a sales channel, getting software and support, and engaging you champions. The first step is to sign up as a partner.
  • Nokia To Invest $150 in Venture Arm
    Nokia Growth Partners has seen it’s fund grow by 75% (originally $200M, now $350M). It is probably not coincidence that $150M is exactly the size of the Blackberry Fund managed by JLA Ventures and RBC Venture Partners.