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I’m super pleased to announce that we’ve got a new networking event series designed for Sphinners and anyone interested in internet marketing -- SphinnCon! Where should be hold our events? Let us know below, plus find more details and info about our first event happening in February in Israel.
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from dannysullivan 2455 Days ago #
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The idea behind SphinnCon is pretty simple. Many are familiar with our SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. Those aren’t going away, but we also know that we can’t bring a traditional two or three day event to all the cities in the world that people wish for. SphinnCon is designed to be "low impact," which means low-cost plus a time-friendly half-day format. We expect to do a panel or two at a SphinnCon, followed by ample networking time. SphinnCon is especially designed to help those in a particular area get together with each other. To that end, where would you like to see SphinnCon happen in 2008? List your favorite location in the comments below -- and if others agree, vote up those comments! Our first event will happen in Israel on Feb. 5, and you can learn more about it here. Search Engine Land news editor Barry Schwartz is heading over for a visit, and thought doing a get-together made sense. So that’s going to be the inaugural SphinnCon, with many more to follow.

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from rustybrick 2455 Days ago #
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Whoo hoo! This is exciting!

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from swags2804 2455 Days ago #
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How’s about one in Bimingham, England? We’re the second city but London get’s all the glory. ;-)

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from northrock 2455 Days ago #
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st paul - minneapolis would be a great stop. lots of search marketing folks around the midwest. :)

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from DazzlinDonna 2455 Days ago #
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Biloxi, MS.  It needs visitors to bring some life back to the Katrina-devastated area.  There are casinos and beaches, so fun is available.  And it would be a fun place for all the Southern US folks to get together.

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from sphinndr 2455 Days ago #
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Some place warm, florida is nice all year.  And we don’t worry about snow.  I would recommend it being outside of hurricane season as you never know with those things.

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from MrThePlague 2455 Days ago #
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The Desert...Scottsdale Arizona :)

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from toprank 2455 Days ago #
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@northrock, good idea. We just need to get them in one place. It’s like herding cats. :)

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from Eloi 2455 Days ago #
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Uh... My  place ? :P

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from pratt 2455 Days ago #
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Great idea guys. I think you should also target one in Pennsylvania, maybe the Pittsburgh or Philadelphia area. Philly would be an easy meeting point for many people (D.C., NJ, Delaware, etc.).

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from corey 2455 Days ago #
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+1 Pennsylvania

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from TheNanny612 2455 Days ago #
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New York City..... I love New York!!

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from aimClear 2455 Days ago #
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Lee and Northrock have the plan, Minneapolis!

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from GeneralLedger 2455 Days ago #
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@sphinndr - Agreed! Miami anyone?

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from sem4u 2455 Days ago #
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London please :)

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from clickfire 2455 Days ago #
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Great idea. Atlanta!

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from justin 2455 Days ago #
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Atlanta’s not bad since i’m in Knoxville, TN.  I can’t go to far gotta save that money up for SMX Advanced in Seattle ;)

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from mridout196 2455 Days ago #
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Yes London please ;)

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from jdevalk 2455 Days ago #
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Amsterdam would be a nice spot :)

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from tambre 2455 Days ago #
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@ MrThePlague - I second the idea for a con in Phoenix/Scottsdale! bring the con to the 24/7/365 resort town :) please

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from jeffquipp 2455 Days ago #
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Very exciting Danny! In Canada, Toronto, Montreal (definitely Montreal), Vancouver or Calgary, and perhaps Halifax. So west coast, east coast, central (English), and central (French). That should about cover it.

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from mattstoddart 2455 Days ago #
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How about Dallas, TX??? It centrally located....beautiful weather (except August)....plenty of space....COME ON Y’ALL!!

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from Wingnut 2455 Days ago #
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I must be the only Sphinner in Denver :P

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from planetc1 2455 Days ago #
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Ukraine, South Africa, Brazil, and Thailand, just some places I’d like to visit.Scottsdale, Arizona is good since its easy to access from many locations (great airport).I’ll suggest Los Angeles (since I’m here) and will happily host such an event.Can’t turn down New York City, and while I’m thinking coastal let’s include Seattle.Is it possible this can ever be a weekend event? I would love that.

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from crimsongirl 2455 Days ago #
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I’d go to one in Dallas.  Or Atlanta.

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from Josey 2455 Days ago #
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Wingnut I with you. How about we make it Vail, CO and we can hit the slopes.

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from SpostareDuro 2455 Days ago #
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I live in Virginia so I’m with Pratt. Philly is a great central locale to Virginia, D.C., NJ, Delaware...

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from elisabethosmeloski 2455 Days ago #
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awesome barry - i’m so happy you are getting to do this! I loved doing the local, more intimate SEWlive events, this will be even better.  I swear, my New Year’s resolution is to finally set up the SLC SEM professional group, i’ve had a domain and been meaning to for years now. The group here is is easly 50+ people. danny & I have talked many times about the ’retreat’ style events - so Josey, wingnut - anytime you  want to ski ... I"M IN!!

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from neyne 2455 Days ago #
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This is so exciting. Our own Danny Sullivan conference here in Israel.Barry, thank you sooo much for getting this thing going, I think the conference is going to be a blast. Judging by the response of the israeli blogosphere, we will have to get armed guards at the doors to stop the unregistered form coming in. Well, at least we are not lacking guards in Israel.Branko

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from ChristianBk 2455 Days ago #
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How about Portland?

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from ebyun84 2455 Days ago #
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America’s finest city: San Diego, California!

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from fctoma 2455 Days ago #
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SALT Lake City or BOISE would be fine and dandy!

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from streko 2455 Days ago #
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im with thenanny. NYC all the way, major airports all around and good food.  I will be doing a sushi joint crawl next time a conference is in town, so this could be a good chance to eat at the places that are not on the standard tourist map while talking some SEM/SEO

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from incrediblehelp 2455 Days ago #
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Back to VEGAS BABY!

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from mjasra 2455 Days ago #
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Kelowna British Columbia (Canada) -> Wine and Golf Country!

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from EmilyHanesNYC 2455 Days ago #
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Yes I third that- NYC

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from ryanol 2455 Days ago #
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Lee and Northrock have the plan, Minneapolis! - h to tha izzo! Frozen Seo 2008

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from IncrediBILL 2455 Days ago #
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How about RENO?Close enough for most in No. California area to drive to as long as it’s not during the rainy/snowy season in the Sierras. Not only is it MUCH cheaper than Vegas, many hotels offer rooms for FREE or less than $50 for a day if you plan it right. It could be a nice conference day with an additional day to stay and play in Reno ;)Planned in advance on the right days of the week, most people can get cheap tickets for less than $200 round trip on Southwest to Reno from most states around Nevada so combine that with cheap or free rooms, it’s a helluva deal!

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from Infinite 2455 Days ago #
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I’ll add another vote for Toronto! Montreal would be decent option, but I wouldn’t go for a 1/2 day event. Bring SphinnCon to Toronto and SMX to Montreal?

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from lafmm 2455 Days ago #
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Sounds a lot like the Search Engine Watch Live networking events that elisabethosmeloski used to hold.  Great idea! Danny will you actually be at the first ever SphinnCon event in Israel or will Barry be leading the charge? It’s not clear in your post or on the event page itself. Fun to see you at SES Chicago, thanks again for contributing and making it a success.

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from CarrieHill 2455 Days ago #
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Well Denver would be okay - but ASPEN would be better - esp. since I’m only 1/2 hr away!  Fun skiing time!

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from TimDineen 2455 Days ago #
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Boston? Combo event w/ SEMNE?

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from rotatedspectrum 2455 Days ago #
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Seeing as how I’m in Glendale, AZ, Scottsdale would be cool because it’s only a sneeze away.  Plus everyone is invited to stay in my 2 bedroom apartment ;) 

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from bartimus 2455 Days ago #
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Nashville is a great central location.

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from Chris1 2455 Days ago #
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I think Boston would have a good turnout.

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from SearchBuzz 2455 Days ago #
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AMERICAS FINEST CITY ---> SAN DIEGO!!!!! SUNNY / WARM  (OR LA)

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from SharpSEO 2455 Days ago #
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I’m in Maryland, so would attend in DC, Philly, or NYC.

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from soulfood 2455 Days ago #
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Me three for America’s finest city, Sunny Sun Diego, California!

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from toddmintz 2455 Days ago #
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Branson. Yee-Haw!

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from TannerC 2455 Days ago #
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Salt Lake City, Utah. You know you need to.

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from imnotadoctor 2455 Days ago #
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Me 4 America’s Finest and Kickass City.... SAN Diego You can finally steal the official sphinn license plate! http://sphinn.com/story/4197

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from scottclark 2455 Days ago #
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Cincinatti, Louisville or Nashville.  I’m there.THIS IS AWESOME!  We independents have a hard time with shows like SES where the tab can easily exceed $4k costs + lost billable time.  But I do want to stay in touch with all the Sphinners!I think 1/2 day on the most important topics + a major networking event would several times a year would be my "ideal" (Plus I’d go to SMX Advanced, of course.)w00t!

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from soulfood 2455 Days ago #
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ahhh, Danny you need to claim that licence plate before it’s gone!

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from xjonathanx 2454 Days ago #
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Let’s see, the weather is best in San Diego. The SEO Comminty is awesome and Danny you can stay at my house by the beach. Is there really any other choice?

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from searchguru 2454 Days ago #
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The weather in San Diego is great all year around, there are wonderful (and inexpensive) places to stay all around the city, the beaches are great, and, as organizer for the SEO Meetup, I can help organize the event!

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from webuildpages 2454 Days ago #
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Albany New York. We’re within 3 hours of NYC, Boston, Montreal

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from qwerty 2454 Days ago #
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Long, long ago, SES had an annual conference in Boston. I never made it there, and I’ve regretted it ever since. Considering our fair city’s important role in the birth of the interwebs, I think it’s only natural that somebody bring a conference back to Bosstown.That being said, I like Jeff’s idea of Montreal, too. Great town, that one.

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from lofiEDDIE 2454 Days ago #
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San Diego or LA sounds good to me

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from JakeFields 2454 Days ago #
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Has anyone mentioned that there would be no better place for this event than San Diego?!

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from soulfood 2454 Days ago #
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Although, if i was to vote away from my home town, JakeFields’ Lake Tahoe would be good too. We can have a big’ol snowball fight!

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from hotwheel 2454 Days ago #
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Vancouver. I’ll host the BBQ.

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from Burgo 2454 Days ago #
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Brisbane, Australia. Plus, I’m due for a visit back home, so South African Sphinn would be cool with me :)

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from graywolf 2454 Days ago #
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Danny you totally need to havew one in orlando, this way you’ll have an excuse to go to the real Disney theme park not the practice one you go to now ;-)

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from JstaTad 2454 Days ago #
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I’m in Virginia and not really interested in going to Philly, the DC metro area has plenty of interest already.  Simon Heseltine and Debra Mastaler have already had some well attended SEO meetups in Northern Virginia, and the interest and industry is already there. 

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from dbascom 2454 Days ago #
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Salt Lake City. We’ve got a thriving community of search marketers here, why not?

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from debram 2454 Days ago #
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Northern Virginia area!!  Easy drive from Philly/Del/MD/WVA/ Richmond and the thriving metropolis of Williamsburg.  AOL is there plus a ton of big tech companies and it’s a 2.5 hour drive down here to Busch Gardens. ;)   And a quick plug - we’re doing a NoVa Meetup Dec 29  http://searchenginetigers.com/2007/12/yes-virginia-there-is-a-sem-meetup-event.html

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from seosurvivor 2451 Days ago #
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San Diego is the place to be! It feels like home to me!

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from ViperChill 2439 Days ago #
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Agree with planetc1, would like one in south africa or thailand, throughougly loved both places

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from SiteMost 2428 Days ago #
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I’m with Burgo - how about heading up to Brisbane after SMX Sydney Australia in April :)

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from vangogh 2427 Days ago #
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Boulder, Colorado. It’s a great place for a more informal get together and we’ll give you some spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. And I believe a few people you know quite well live here.

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from searchgirl 2427 Days ago #
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I’m with SphinnDr (nice name!): Miami/Ft Lauderdale...outside of hurricane season nov-june

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from Wiep 2426 Days ago #
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I agree with Joost: Amsterdam sounds great :)

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from incrediblehelp 2426 Days ago #
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Cinn/Kentucky baby!

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from kimber 2425 Days ago #
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i love the idea of you doing these in areas where the big conferences don’t already go. some of us don’t work for big companies who can afford to send us out of town for a high dollar conference.  dalllas, dallas, dallas depserately needs this! i’ve never been to a conference and know many others who would love to have a conference here in town.

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