@pluggdin Congrats for hosting the wonderful event and Twitter updates to inspire all (also to be) #entrepreneurs [@Pulkit_Lakshya]”
Feedback has started pouring in and overall, I am satisfied with how UnPluGGd went.
We could have easily done a ‘showcase top 15 hot/warm/lukewarm startups in India’, but decided to do something different. We decided to bring a content focused event with no element of hype [for instance, no non vegetarian food in the lunch 🙂 ]
We had a limit of 200 people (internally, we kept the numbers to 170) and we were pleasantly surprised to see the turnout, 220. Few guys came in as early as 8:30 AM, few flew from Pune, Delhi for the event.
Considering that this was our first event and the format was completely new, I am humbled by the interest shown from the entrepreneurial community.
I’d like to thank several people who made UnPluggd’s first edition possible.
First of all, a few ‘well known’ names in VC/Angel space, who said
“You need to hype up to get sponsors/audience. You need to show ‘new new things’, otherwise people will not come. An event where bunch of entrepreneurs sharing their journey is bound to fail”.
Well, you guys just challenged me to ensure that we prove you wrong! 🙂
And we did!
And now, my sincere vote of thanks to all those who made UnPluGGd possible.
Thanks to Dell India, Honeywell for supporting us. Both of these companies were quick in trusting us. They did not ask too many questions (sponsor’s fav questions are ‘who are the other sponsors’ :)) and showed the true spirit of supporting the ecosystem.
Also, Picsquare/InfiBeam team sponsored the tees and they do deserve a special thanks!
We were a lean team and a whole lot of friends supported us during the event. My vote of thanks (in no particular order)
- Sanjay Anandaram
When I was deciding on UnPluGGd’s event content/format, Sanjay happens to be the first person with whom I shared the idea. Over the course of last few months, he supported me in deciding on companies/speakers.
- Pratyush Prasanna PP is part of the PI team, and helped in anchoring. I had a severe sore throat [if you have been reading my tweets] and PP took good care of anchoring.
- Kunalkant Sen
He efficiently managed the entire registration process, along with Shawnik [of SIBM].
She is part of PI team, and took care of tweeting. Infact, she was pretty much on her toes to ensure that great content is shared on twitter.
- Satpal Paramar
Satpal volunteered for the event and managed a whole lot of operational aspects.
- Mahendra Baid
Mahendra made some great connections/introductions that helped us a lot.
- Amarinder Singh
Last, but not the least – Amarinder is the partner for the event and he took care of whole lot of stuff – he pretty much did a lot of Project Management and ensured that we are on track.This is not the complete list – there are a whole lot of people who helped us during the course of the event; so thanks to them as well.
Last 1.5 months, I have interviewed close to 30 entrepreneurs and closed on the final 12. We had several factors in mind while selecting the speakers.
No BS. Ready to Share. Ready to talk about failure. Willing to spend effort in preparing for the event. No media-trained fellas.
All the speakers had great insights to share and I hope the audience had their doze of inspiration.
When you have a focused event, only focused audience will turn up.
And that happened with UnPluGGd too. All in all, 90% of the audience were entrepreneurs [no social media heroes] and I’d like to thank the audience for their participation.
This was our first step towards building something really useful, something tangible for the ecosystem. We plan to conduct UnPluGGd more frequently [with different themes, but all focused on startups], so do join our Google group for updates on UnPluGGd.
Areas of Improvement
We do know that there were certain areas where we could have done a lot better – for instance, moderation, time management – so be assured that we take care of these aspects from the next edition onwards.
On an interesting note, PluGGd.in witnessed a major traffic on the UnPluGGd day and our hosting partner, E2E Networks ensured that we stay live!