I just arrived at the Ainsworth, and what is unquestionably one of the most well attended mobile events I’ve ever been to in NYC.
It’s being hosted by Myxer, the self-styled “leader in mobile content,” which offers ringtones, wallpapers, games and more. In fact, Chris Sniffen, the Director of Northeast Sales just introduced himself (he interrupted my conversation with Jeff Frank, but as the host of the evening, I’ll let him slide).
The event is part of the Digital Wednesdays series, and it is, hands down, the best I’ve ever been to.
Now this is not to say that this Myxer event is the best DW has ever hosted. By my own admission, I’ve probably only been to about three or four, so I’m not really the most credible arbiter of the Digital Wednesday offerings. But, of the mobile mixers (no pun intended) I’ve attended, this one ranks as the singular best.
Why? You ask? Because, first of all, it’s packed. The minute I walked in, I just knew I was in the wrong place, because the place was packed. And considering the fact that this week is CTIA, I figured it would be a ghost town.
Second, there are lots of sexy people in the cut. Ordinarily, the attendees are a mix (again, no pun intended) of geeks and squares, and cats pushing their business cards at you. There is almost a benign ambivalence towards doing business tonight.
Third, and most importantly, the people genuinely appear to be having fun. Usually, there is a hint of defeat in the air, as folks seem resigned to go through the motions. But tonight the air and energy is electric (maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Yankees are in the playoffs and the games is on every one of the 36 (count ’em 36) flat screens.
Max Ramirez, the dapper host of Digital Wednesdays, just pressed a drink ticket into my palm (Gingerale here I come!) and invited me to mingle (which I will do as soon as I finish this post).
All I can say is that if they keep this up, I may have to make a habit of this.
Hmmm. I wonder if the guy I’m supposed to be meeting is here.
Oh well. I’m sure I’ll bump into him!