July 7th, 2009
Jive announces JiveWorld, its inaugural user group… in San Francisco
There comes a time—hopefully—in every software company’s life when they develop enough of a fervent following that they feel compelled to have a user group. I’m happy to announce that Portland-based Jive Software has reached that point.
The road to business transformation can be a solitary journey. The good news is, you’re no longer traveling alone. In fact, you belong to a community that’s leading a social business transformation. And it’s time for this community to come together for the first time at JiveWorld09.
Yes, yes. I realize I may be a bit to Silicon Forest centric. I know full well that Jive’s customers can likely score a flight to SFO, OAK, or SJC far more easily than PDX.
But still. It stings a little, doesn’t it?
We can’t imagine a better place to bring our customers together for the first time than at W San Francisco. Besides being a premium property conveniently located in the heart of one of the country’s top destination cities, W San Francisco is also offering JiveWorld09 attendees an amazing discount rate of only $195 per night — which is 50% off their published rack rate. So make your dollars go a bit farther — secure your rate by booking your room today.
And honestly, maybe the blame shouldn’t even be on Jive. Maybe the blame should be on the city of Portland? Maybe we could have worked a little harder to have the inaugural JiveWorld where Jive is actually headquartered? I mean, call me crazy.
Being part of a crew who just busted our asses to bring an inaugural event to life in Portland and having been involved in organizing more user groups in Portland than I care to remember, I’m pretty familiar with the costs associated with this sort of effort. But still, I’m willing to give Jive the benefit of the doubt. You don’t leave your hometown for a user group without good reason.
Whatever the case, I’m both happy and sad.
I’m happy that Jive has reached a point to be able to pull together a user group. I always remember that being a definitive watermark at the software companies for whom I used to work.
And yet, I’m saddened that Jive won’t be able to show off their hometown to all of these users. Because SFO proved to be a better destination for the event.
For more information or to book your arrangements in San Francisco, visit Jive Software JiveWorld.