I'm gonna make two guesses here: first, that 80% of the people reading this post work for tech companies, and second, that 100% of you would like DNA Lounge to continue to exist.
Great! Here's how you can help that happen: help us get corporate parties. Does your company participate in any way at any San Francisco-based conference or trade show? Do you host an after party, a product launch, a side-session, a PR event, an employees-only event?
Find out who in your company organized the last one, or is organizing the next one. Go talk to them. Tell them that DNA Lounge is awesome and they should have the event there. firstname.lastname@example.org. And the Rentals tab up top contains salient details.
Maybe that co-worker of yours who is in charge of these things accomplishes it by just hiring a party-planner company. Great! If your person were to say to the planner, "Hey, how about looking in to DNA Lounge?" that could be all that it takes to make it happen.
Putting us directly in touch with the party planning company couldn't hurt, either.
Some examples of what's coming up:
- RSA Security is the first week of March. It will fill all three Moscone buildings, plus close Howard St. We have nothing.
- The Game Developers Conference is the third week of March. It's just as large. We have two great parties (and thank you very much, Gordon and Morgan!) but they are both indie, non-company-sponsored events. We've got room for more.
- Google Next: Early April. We have nothing.
- VM World: Late August. Nothing.
- Oracle World: Late September. Nothing.
- TechCrunch Disrupt: Early October. Nothing.
- DreamForce: Late November. Nothing.
And those are just the 3-building tech conferences I spotted from a quick scan of the Moscone site. There seem to be an equal number of huge medical conventions in there, too.
We have, historically, been bad at getting events like that, try as we might. We don't have the right contacts. So maybe you can help with that.
The reason these kinds of events are especially good for us is that the companies behind them are paying for it out of their advertising and PR budget. Events like this don't have the same dynamic as a regular live show that has to "pay for itself". Success is measured by "was it a good party." Compared to a normal live show, they have money to spend.
The one Dreamforce party we had last year single-handedly saved the month. That one event made September be slightly in the black instead of deeply in the red.
So if, just by being a little irritating to some of you co-workers, you can get us just one event, maybe you too can save just one month.
Help us kick the can just one more month down the road.
Now, if you're like literally every person I know to whom I've given this speech in person, you're thinking: Wow, I'd love to help, but my company is different and inapplicable because we're: so small; so large; so broke; so dysfunctional; so frugal; so profligate; have a cafeteria; don't really "do parties" (except when we do); that's handled by another department; my team doesn't get invited; etc., etc.
I hate to break it to you, but your company is not unique. How about giving it a shot anyway? Everyone has a great reason to not do something, even something as effortless as prodding one other person with a suggestion.
But that tiny bit of effort could make you a hero.
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