What do you choose? Creating worlds or a stuffy office with no dinosaurs? Anyone who has a brain sooner or later comes to literature, cinema, or games. Don't believe it? Offer your child to become an accountant or a dentist. You don't need to repeat what their answer will be. You'll get banned for that here.
Now, about the main and good thing. The event turned out to be excellent, and there are several reasons for that:
1) The people that Ruslan Gafarov and his team were able to gather. The range was from 13 (yes, one of the volunteers) to at least 80 (by appearance). I WAS NOT THE OLDEST GEEZER there.
2) People again. No, Igor Shoifot, it wasn't a startup event for a single second.
I've been to 100,000 startup gatherings, just like you. There's nothing more dismal.
Here, however, there were all sorts of people, and they came not to listen to the wretched beg for money from snobs, but to experience "the luxury of human interaction."
There were representatives of all professions, entrepreneurs, startuppers (where would we be without them), but the startuppers looked lost compared to those who make real money and don't walk around with their hands outstretched.
3) What united everyone was something common - openness, the desire to communicate, find new people, develop, grow, grow, grow, do something together, exchange ideas. And not to measure virtual dicks, as they do at startup gatherings.
4) The division into a large hall where there was a plenary session and a room for those who preferred live communication was very successful. Choice is good. It's democracy.
5) Everything was perfectly organized in record time. Ruslan Gafarov, you're a cyborg with AI on board. Things like this aren't done on such a scale and so quickly and so coolly. I've been in this business, it's a wild hassle, crunch, headache, burnout, you hate everyone. And you had the strength to talk to everyone. What's your secret?
And who did you recruit to your team? Special forces on minimum wage? When they tried to give me some brochures, I refused in protest against the innocent trees killed. And they laughed, that is, they were able to keep a sense of humor in such conditions. It's worth its weight in gold.
6) What was really great was that there were a lot of guys from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and yet everyone got along perfectly, there wasn't a single sour or angry face.
There were no problems, everyone wants to live. As the Declaration of Independence says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." No one talked about war. Do you understand? Everyone understands, for many it is a tragedy, but everyone remained bright and positive.
All these people came here to create and cooperate. By the way, many, VERY, f*cking many came from Russia in the last year, 6, 3 months.
When the host asked, "Hey, immigrants, why did you come here from Russia?" everyone laughed and clapped.
And these "emigrants" represent the elite, and not just IT specialists. A bunch of super professional people, including business owners with annual turnover up to 2 billion dollars, who understood everything and, like Mayflower almost 400 years ago, came here to create their destiny. Moreover, for the same reasons why the first settlers left Europe. America still gives people a dream, and it was amazing at this gathering...
HOW MANY PEOPLE REALIZED THEIR DREAMS here
By the way, Kolya Davydov noticed that he had been to Plag&Play 50 times, but this was the first time with SO MANY PEOPLE. And all 100% Russian-speaking from the CIS.
This is undoubtedly a new wave of emigration, but not offended and oppressed Jews and dissidents, who left because of anti-Semitism and persecution, not beggars who left for a better life.