Yesterday, the great folks at AboutUs graciously opened their offices for the third time to Lunch 2.0, celebrating the second birthday of our Portland chapter.
I was curious, so I checked, and in the last two years, we’ve had 24 Lunch 2.0s, averaging one a month, just like I like it.
I always like going to AboutUs. Their space in the Olympia Mills Commerce Center on the southeast waterfront has fantastic panoramic views of downtown and of the northeast neighborhoods. It’s a great, open space with lots of light, a really inviting space.
Coincidentally, Olympia Mills was developed by Beam Development, one of our hosts next month.The turnout was good, maybe 80 people. Strangely, Lunch 2.0 seems to have peaked in popularity, and attracting smaller numbers over the last several lunches. Not entirely sure why, but maybe it’s growing pains.
If you have any thoughts about why, find the comments and let me know.
Before the eating and mingling began in earnest, Ray King (@Rathbone), the CEO of AboutUs said some inspiring words about the Portland startup scene and Portland in general.
Then, Christie Koehler (@christiekoehler), recently-elected to the Legion of Tech Board and one of the lead organizers of Open Source Bridge, announced the dates for the 2010 iteration of OSB (i.e. June 1-4, 2010) and put out a call for volunteer help with the conference.
Finally, Dawn Foster (@geekygirldawn) announced BarCamp Portland, which will be May 22, 2010 and will be at a new venue, the University of Portland, with a new twist: BarCamp will share the venue with Portland Code Camp.
Plus, I know I saw cake, even though I didn’t get a piece, and there were cookies too.
A good time was had by all. Thanks very much to AboutUs for the hospitality, again, and especially to Nyco Herzog (@nycoherzog) for organizing all the moving parts, again.
Upcoming Portland Lunch 2.0s
I have several upcoming lunches in the works that should get us through to mid-Summer, fingers crossed. So, stay tuned for more announcements.
Big thanks to all the hosts who have hosted or plan to host Lunch 2.0.
(Images courtesy of Aaron Hockley. Used with permission.)