IZEA Fest 2008 – Opening Night Party

IZEA Fest 2008 kicked off in Orlando last night with a great opening night party at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. We showed up late for the party because our plane didn’t land until 7:15PM. The party started at 7:00PM and was in full swing by the time we showed up at around 8:30PM.

It was great to meet everyone again. I managed to catch up with Ian Fernando, Zac Johnson, Jason from Tech Ware Labs, Nate from Unique Blog Designs, Neil Petal and Shoemoney, who challenged me to see who can grab the most cash from the Market Leverage Cashinator at Blog World Expo next week. It was pretty much like a family reunion and in many ways, it was. I also met many people for the first time. The most notable being Brian Clark of Copy Blogger and John Reese.

Shoe will be opening IZEA Fest with his keynote at 9:00AM this morning. I will be joining him, along with Neil Petal, Stephanie Agresta and Drew Bennett for the Big Money Bloggers panel at 1:00PM this afternoon. I’m sure someone will be live blogging the event. Sarah will be putting the Flip to good use.

Here’s a video from the opening night party. You can check out some pictures at the photo gallery. Look for more coverage of IZEA Fest 2008 later today.

*Update – IZEA Fest is now streaming live at Ustream channel izeafest.

17 thoughts on “IZEA Fest 2008 – Opening Night Party”

  1. PaulB says:

    An hour and a quarter turn around isn’t bad at all. Looks like a good laugh but I still think these events need more beer!

    1. It might be a great idea if there was a streaming video on the net for this conference. Come on we are in the internet industry someone should have thought about it already!

      1. These days you think that a live streaming video would happen at these kind of events. It is really easy to setup and with the kind of money that people like John Chow have you would think they could do this.

  2. Darin Carter says:

    I’m gonna try to make it up to Orlando tonight for tomorrows session!


  3. Awesome! Looking forward to more videos and photos. Be sure someone videotapes the super panel. I’d love to see that!

      1. I should’ve looked at your comment first before commenting above. Sorry about that John.

  4. I’m still wondering when you are going to make it to Michigan!

  5. CoolProducts says:

    Looks like a great time. Good luck in the Cashinator next week. I hope you win.

  6. Rebecca says:

    The new layout looks great! I really like the change! I’m glad you accepted ShoeMoney’s Cashinator challenge. I’m sure there will be some great video footage. Good luck on the panel today, and enjoy the rest of IZEAFest!

  7. Were there any chicks there John? I saw a lot of dudes.

  8. Aww pretty short video, I was expecting to see some funny stuff and your and Jeremy talking.

  9. Nothing like sitting back & chilling with fellow friends/acquaintances at an event like this.

  10. Mel says:

    Small typo — I think you meant to type “Neil Patel” instead of “Neil Petal” in your second paragraph.

  11. mikedone says:

    I wish you success on the contest day with shoe money.Thanks

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