Thanks to Janrain for the Lunch

Yesterday, probably 75-ish people visited Janrain for Lunch 2.0.

I’m not very good at counting, sadly, so it might have been more. Plus, as always, people wandered in and out, making a total count difficult.

Although it was a bit crowded and noisy at times, pockets of conversation were happening all over the office, in the hallway, by the elevator and the name tag tables, in the atrium, in the conference rooms.

This was great to see, as were lots of new faces.

Lunch 2.0 has evolved to include a nucleus of regulars, plus an ever-expanding mix of new people brought in by curiosity, by interest in the host, and by colleagues heading to lunch.

And this is why we like it.

Back to Janrain, they had planned to have CEO, Brian Kissel (@bkkisel) say a few words, but they opted to let the ad hoc conversation flow. I noticed several Janrain employees milling around, chatting with people, so I’m guessing they were able to cover as much ground that way.
Not much else to report. Seemed like everyone had a good time, and based on the post event tweets, it looks like Lunch 2.0 brought some new people together and reconnected some others.

So, win for Janrain and win for Lunch 2.0.

Thanks to Janrain, particularly Lisa Hannah who organized, for hosting us.

Next month, New Relic will be our hosts, and after that, who knows? No seriously, does anyone want to host?

Upcoming Portland Lunch 2.0s


I’m always looking for hosts, so if you’re interested or know someone who might be interested in hosting a Lunch 2.0, drop a comment, hit me up on Twitter (@jkuramot), or find me at a Lunch 2.0, if you want to chat IRL.

Want to know what’s involved? Check out the how-to primer.

Big thanks to all the hosts who have hosted or plan to host Lunch 2.0. As with the majority of the tech events in Portland, sponsors make them happen. So, we humbly thank you.


(Image courtesy of Gabe Grayum, ggrayum, UI Designer at Janrain, used with permission.)

  1. Thanks for attending and the write up Jake. Yes, we had intended to give a brief history of Janrain and how we’re helping our clients leverage social networks and user-managed identity to project their brands, drive qualified traffic to their websites, and increase customer registrations and logins.

    Unfortunately we don’t have a big enough space to get 100 folks all in the same room, so instead the entire Janrain team, including me, circulated around and talked with individuals and small groups.

    We appreciate everyone taking time out of their busy schedules to stop by for a visit. We are hiring, so do have a look at our job listings from time to time: http://www.janrain.com/company/janrain-careers

    Also, if your company or anyone you know is looking to leverage social networks and user-managed identity (Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo, AOL, LiveID, etc.) to drive traffic to your website and build stronger customer relationships, we hope you’ll give us a call or visit our website to learn more: http://www.janrain.com

    Cheers, and thanks again to all who attended.


  2. Sounds like a great time!

  3. Thanks for the write-up, Jake, and thanks to all who attended Lunch 2.0. We enjoyed hosting the event and mingling with fellow Portlanders.

    Additional photos from the event have been posted on our Facebook page – http://www.janrain.com/facebook.

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