How was your experience?
Ken, et. al., I went to the first Tedx and really liked it. Yesterday felt like it's lazy second cousin. The high point was Lea DeLaria's stand up, Lin-Manuel Miranda FreeStyle Rapping, and Bobby Lopez' sincere reflections on his career. This of course had very little to do with the content of the conference, but always nice to remind us of the human element, which is at the heart of what we do now, and in the future. The rest of the conference was meh. The only thing that had to do with the future of Broadway, at least of any substance, was the designer of the new new Times Square. A high point for me, and the most relevant presentation. But other than that, very little of this conference had to do with the future of theater business in New York. Maybe you need to pick a better, fresher topic related to the theater business, broadway's future shows? Broadway ten years from now? From a content perspective. Why were we not provided with a reasonable printed agenda? I've been to a dozen Ted and Tedx conferences. This is the most important thing they give you. Inexcusable to have a conference (loaded with sponsors!) without it. I'm surprised at you guys. As I said, while there were four very impressive presentations, you fall off a cliff after that. Awful topics, bad presentation, limited insight. One guy (I think the second presenter of the morning) was incomprehensible. He sells that bullshit to clients? I wish he had explained how he does that. The future of bullshit is also part of our business. On the upside, lunch was terrific, and I was totally impressed with the list of sponsors. I wish some of them had presented. I'd be fascinated to hear Google's views of our business, even if they just love us as advertisers. Thanks for putting it all together. I know this is not a big money maker. Yours, Charlie Fink