Acquisition, Lunch 2.0v4 Recap, souk is Next

lunch20.jpgRick has kindly agreed to let me do Lunch 2.0 stuff here on the Florist. This makes a lot of sense, since this is the place to get the lowdown on technology companies and the tech scene here in Portland and nearby.

Oh, and the people who go to these lunches actually read and comment here, big plus.

So, my first post-acquisition content is the recap of Monday’s Lunch 2.0v4, held at Wieden+Kennedy, and a reminder that the next iteration is coming up soon at souk.

W+K Recap
img_0257.jpgThis Lunch 2.0 was a little different than usual, which ruffled a few feathers, at least initially. Everyone has since hugged and sung Kumbaya.

Gaia Brown, the mastermind behind the W+K format, put together an ice-breaker activity that paired attendees with W+K people. From what I observed, people took the advance packets in varying degrees of seriousness, but the conversation flowed freely, regardless.

The lunch was held in the atrium at W+K in the Pearl, and I’d guess the attendance was probably more than 100, but less than 200. Yeah, I’m not a very good estimator. The raffle of swag went over well; gift baskets from several W+K clients were given away, and the final prize was several tickets to Inverge.

After chatting as pairs for a bit and listening to the raffle, people got up and milled around and talked, others played Rockband.

Next up, souk
souk.jpgAs Rick previously mentioned, the next Lunch 2.0 will be held at souk in Old Town on July 16, so pretty soon. RVSP on Upcoming if you plan to make it, and yes, we’re returning to the old format, with no work and no packets, just free grub and good company.

Old Town has been very good to Lunch 2.0, thanks to eROI and Vidoop and now souk. I guess this begs the question, are you a real company if you’re in Old Town and haven’t hosted a Lunch 2.0?

Your thoughts?
After four Lunch 2.0s here in Portland, I’m pretty happy with the progress. The event is dominated by Tweeters, which (sadly) is the primary means of promotion, yet another reason why I wanted to move here to the Florist.

So, fellow Florists, what do you think of Lunch 2.0 so far? Sound off in comments and stay tuned for more Lunch 2.0 action here on the Florist.

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  5. Thanks for the write-up Jake, love the new space! (Rick, you’re a gem. Lunch 2.0 belongs in the Florist.)

    I’m looking forward to Souk, and want to send out one last THANK YOU to all who played along in the last round 🙂

  6. I thought that was wrong, having a Wayne’s World flashback.

  7. Hi Mike. I’d love to chat about having Lunch 2.0 at SplashCast. You can find me on Twitter as @jkuramot or by email at jkuramot at gmail.

    We can talk about achieving real company status.

  8. That is, of course, “Hung Far Low”. I am feeling a bit far hung at the moment, as you can see… OK, time for bed.

  9. Thanks, now about that stock . . .

  10. Out my office window, in our new old-town digs, I can shoot spit balls over Far Hung Low at eROI and Vidoop. But SplashCast is apparently not yet a real company. This needs to change. We will gladly host a Lunch 2.0 at our new office (2nd and Davis). Sign us up.

  11. Jake,

    Thanks so much for the brilliant first post. I’m really glad that I decided to forego layoffs after the acquisition.

    You’re a keeper!

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