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.)