Qrious at Codepalousa 2012, March 15th - 17th

Have you heard about Codepalousa? It’s a two day software development conference consisting of ten tracks and sixty-two (62!) sessions - well worth your time, attention and the reasonable fee to attend, and it all takes place in Louisville Kentucky, March 15th through the 17th.

If you attend Codepalousa you’ll be a part of one of the few events outside of the New York City metro area to use Qrious during our private beta.

If you’re not attending, well, consider yourself un-lucky. But you can make your own luck.

Visit http://codepalousa.com to register now while spots are still available.

In the meantime…

  • Visit http://qrio.us on your iPhone or Android smartphone web browser, connect your existing social networks to Qrious and tweak your profile in preparation for the event.
  • When you arrive, don’t forget to check-in with Qrious. You’ll be glad you did. We guarantee it! Just look at how excited some of our NYC users are.

Oh - and don’t forget to tell your friends - especially if your friends organize meetups, conferences or others professional events.

Use Qrious at the Small Business Summit in NYC, March 6th

Now in its seventh year, the 2012 Small Business Summit will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City on March 6th.

If When you attend this year’s event, you’ll be able to meet more of the people that are important to you using Qrious smartphone networking software!

Yes, you read that correctly: the organizers of the Small Business Summit have selected Qrious to ensure that attendees have the best networking experience possible.

Here’s what you should do:

  1. Go to SmallBizTechSummit.com and click on the big ol’ red Register Now button in the top right corner.
  2. Launch the browser on your iPhone or Android smartphone (newer touchscreen BlackBerries will also work) and go to http://qrio.us to create your networking profile.
  3. When you arrive at the event on March 6th, be sure to launch the Qrious web app and check-in. Qrious will immediately tell you who you should meet and why based on the information contained in your profile.
  4. Have the best networking event ever.

Questions? Comments? Compliments? Gripes? Bugs?

Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Enough to Make You Cringe

Liz Ryan shares stories about some networking blunders that she calls “cringe-worthy”.

For example, inviting someone to a networking dinner then arriving an hour late -  and not acknowledging the faux pas. Then there’s the “show up and throw up,” and “The NDA.”

I’ve experienced many of these myself including what Liz calls “Meet Me Half-Way.” In Liz’s example, someone who wanted to network with her was 50 miles away and suggested that hey “meet halfway.”

My reaction in this situation was similar to hers: “Well, I don’t know you and you won’t tell me on the phone the reason or importance of our meeting, so why don’t you just drive here, eh?”

Liz’s response was much more politically correct than mine.

Do you have any crazy networking stories? Share them in the comments.

Conference Attendance is Work

Awesome. You’ve just scored a budget to attend the biggest and best conference that your industry has to offer. You’ve planned your attendance to listen to some of the brightest minds in your field, participate in workshops and even attend a few cocktail receptions while you’re there.

But are you working it?

No, I mean really working it. Have you scheduled time to walk the exhibit hall floor and check out some of the new tools and technologies being offered to people like you and organizations like yours?

Have you checked the attendee list to see if there’s anyone you should connect - or reconnect - with?

Are you considering a career move? If so, have you thought about where you’d like to go next? Will anyone from that company be at the conference?

Too often, professionals attend conferences as if it were a big party - or at the very least, a few days away from the office.

If you’re doing it right, you’ll have a full calendar while you’re there.

I’m not saying you should neglect healthy meals or sleep or even a trip to the hotel fitness center. But, you should take advantage of the concentration of people and intensive togetherness that a major conference provides before you head back to the office.

You’ll thank yourself for it later.