Time to Get Serious
In March 2012, frustrated by the lack of meaningful opportunities to chat with other business owners about their experiences, Greg Hoy and Greg Storey (aka "the Gregs") created an event that is now known as Owner Camp, partially inspired by the spirit of collaboration that’s alive and well in the craft brewing industry. The fundamental purpose of Owner Camp was (and is) to help digital/creative shop owners negotiate the trials and tribulations of running a business, as well as celebrating successes and sharing secrets. A giant therapy session. As it turned out, others were looking for the same thing.
Hundreds of owners and two years later, Owner Camp is now preparing to host its seventh retreat in Denver this September. And on the not-too-distant horizon, Owner Camp-inspired spinoffs geared towards operations specialists and freelancers/small shops (Operations Camp and Owner Summit respectively) will further serve the needs of forgotten segments of our industry (details are coming soon).
Owner Camp was the catalyst that led to identifying other groups of digital professionals with underserved needs. While designers and developers have had access to vibrant communities, resources, and events, people like digital project managers were left fending for themselves. Thus, in 2013, the inaugural Digital PM Summit was held. Like Owner Camp, the Digital PM Summit filled a tremendous void, and subsequently spawned independent meet-ups all over the country. A community was born. This year, the number of events for digital PMs has grown through a series of workshops held around the country by Brett Harned. And this year’s Digital PM Summit in Austin this October will be double the size of the first one. More project managers, more speakers, more presentations, more everything.
And it doesn’t stop there. Many other voices in our industry are begging for their own opportunities to gather, share experiences, and lean on each other. That’s why Bureau of Digital Affairs was created. It’s an organization whose specialty is making the web as collaborative as possible through events, learning, and sharing. That’s a tall order, and it requires the right kind of people behind it.
Enter Carl Smith. Born into the world facing the cruel realities of life as a non-Greg, he overcame this setback and rebounded with an impressive resume of accomplishments. Carl has a decade of managing nGen Works, 15 years of fostering vibrant tech communities, and he's also a heck of a motivational speaker. His insatiable energy and extreme passion for helping to grow the digital community made him the perfect choice to help accomplish the Bureau of Digital Affairs’ ambitious goals.
It’s a pleasure to announce that Carl Smith has now joined Bureau of Digital Affairs as a partner with Greg Hoy and Greg Storey.
Look out web, things are about to become a lot friendlier.