I have no idea how to begin to tell how our first experience outside of Atlanta was. It was more than I could ever imagine. As always as always as a startup, we went not knowing what to expect in the big city. As we were setting up there was a Ferrari at the entrance, there were screens everywhere showing some amazing visuals, and live performers that made the whole event seem like a circus.
BizBash, if you do not know, is a convention for event planners and related industries. From lighting, corporate events, catering, video production, etc. It's a lot to take in if you are behind a desk trying to map out some new software which is our case.
We had a modest booth and the turnout and the connections we made were more than brilliant. New Yorkers were definitely impressed with our offerings and what PreParti was. They downloaded it and finally saw an app that works and that was something they can use. The venues that we featured were all from Atlanta, but that seems like it is soon to change after this week. I personally got to meet the CEO of BizBash, David Adler. Super friendly guy and was invited to hear Preston Bailey, (whom I did not know was...) speak at BizBash NYC. Needless to say, it was more than eye-opening. More than just a name, I had found out through his presentation that he is one of the most sought out event planners in the industry! His session at BizBash was more than informative but was an honest look at an honest craftsman sharing his experiences with participants that are interested in making some very special moments for people.
We got to meet up and set up new deals in the NYC area. Made some friends from Toronto and have shown some people a new way of showcasing and planning for events. Being a novice, I not only learned a lot of new things that this industry has to offer but that this industry is in the business of making magic. This industry has to make moments in time that special. The vibe that everyone I got to talk to was more than friendly. Me being a "artist computer guy behind the scenes" kinda guy, it was great to go out and meet the people behind the curtain and have a first-hand look at the diversity and effort that goes into a "party."
We got to showcase our product and we were amazed at the response! Super excited to get back to NYC and start placing some incredible event spaces in our app!
For my quick shameless plug, you should download our app. ALL VENUES are free to download til OCT 31st! So check it out! See what you are missing! If you want a venue to be featured in our app, tell them to hit us up and we'll get it in there! We are looking forward to bringing in a new way to plan for your events.
See you soon!!!!
Julie McCartney (CoFounderof PreParti) working the booth. We were very busy!!!!! Non stop. Thank you so much NYC. Thanks for all the love and attention. Can't wait to get back!