But why are these things so often scheduled for weekdays?
Conference fee? I'm sure it will be fair.
Plane ticket? No problem.
Hotel room? No big deal. I'll just make it a vacation.
Monday and Tuesday? Deal killer. There will be too many phone calls, emails, and support requests to miss.
I bet that most of the people who would best take advantage of this conference don't work for large companies that will send them. They have to slip away over the weekend and get back to the office Monday morning.
Startup School does it right. Fly from almost anywhere. Catch every event. And make it back to the office before little problems have a chance to get too big.
In our case, a couple reasons:
1. We surveyed about a dozen people interested in attending and nearly all of them said they couldn't do a weekend, but could make weekdays work. Obviously 12 people is a small sample size, but the response was overwhelming.
2. Since we are trying to keep the ticket cost as low as possible, weekdays are ideal since they are cheaper for the hotels we looked at.
But I certainly understand your point; for some people weekends would be better. For others, weekdays.
Monday support is a nightmare for me. OTOH I can just tell everyone I won't be in the office on Monday and check the support logs on Wednesday. Why do I have a feeling everything will be fine?
[Thanks for the quick response, Rob. I loved "Start Small, Stay Small." Still one of my 6 "nightstand" books.]
Awesome; that's the reason we decided to put it together. Hope to see you in June...
Since conference is quite soon anyway I thought it would be a better move to just open the registration and then do the promotion, but hey I'm sure you guys got something in your mind like defining the price based on interest, or something like that.
Oh, and we're not defining the price based on interest; the price is pretty much set (see my comment on this thread about price).
I'm in London so Vegas is a bit of a stretch, it's very tempting.
As it is, I won't, because my perception of these events (I'm comparing it to BoS here) is that while they are very useful they do cost a lot to attend. That, plus the air ticket, = no sale.
The reason BOS is so expensive is because it's in Boston and they don't have sponsors. Vegas is significantly less expensive to host a conference. We did look into Boston and it was kind of ridiculous.
They suggest that they are merely removing rudeness, but what they remove isn't rude, and they're leaving significant accusations in place while disallowing response.
This community is gated to exclude people who politely point out errors in the math.
Las Vegas is its own weird little planet that isn't much like anything else in the world, in a not entirely positive way. It is pretty good for conferences though - lots of flights and not too expensive.