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ETel is like a Bento Box

I had to drop off a parcel of documents to the courier yesterday, and decided to stop in for a sushi lunch at Ebi, which is right next door to the little post office around the corner for us. I ordered the sashimi lunch special. Over a steaming hot bowl of miso soup, it occurred to me that next week's ETel Conference in San Francisco is a bit like a bento box — full of small portions of really delicious stuff that will no doubt leave you hungry for more.

From a technologists perspective, ETel was easily the most innovation focused show I went to last year. It has a totally different flavor from VON (where you'll see the largest carriers and equipment manufacturers talking about their deployments) or Internet Telephony (where a lot of business gets done between even small vendors right on the show floor). ETel is the event where the Web 2.0 crowd in the Valley hangs out with the communications crowd. It's a mixing pot where the future of communications technologies can be discussed, debated, and dissected. Some of the sessions I'm really looking forward to this year include:

See you there!

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Pat Phelan February 22, 2007, 6:21 am

    I am in Etel mode already Alec. Its looking incredibly exciting.
    Looking forward to seeing you there.

  • Moshe Maeir February 24, 2007, 8:11 am

    Etel looks like no other conference I have been to, a unique mix of hackers, visionaries and business people. Can't wait to meet both of you there!

  • Ralph Reid February 27, 2007, 8:30 am

    Check out Jay Phillips' workshop on Adhearsion – Rocking Ruby on Asterisk @ 3:15 pm Tuesday

  • Frederik Hermann February 27, 2007, 1:23 pm

    I totally agree, sounds great and after finishing some work over here I'm also looking forward to finally meet you guys in person later on today. I'm taking off now and will be there pretty much all day tomorrow. Cu there

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