Having spent two days in bed feeling terrible I had incredibly low expectations about my ability to engage in Bill Thomsons’s Puntcon event held this afternoon. I did not expect to get there, but the house was smelling bad and it seemed like a good opportunity to spend half an hour out of the house before I came home and flopped to feel sorry for myself. I took my son so I would have an excuse to leave early from the most disorganised conference I have ever attended.
Looking at the T-shirts that the guests were wearing it was clear that this was not going to be a trendy affair:
Bill’s Puntcon was the most interesting events I have been to since I moved to Cambridge and made me realise why I choose to live here.
I spent some time punting upriver with my son – fully engaged in his potty training , whilst talking to some amazing people – Peter – a Bristol based entrepreneur with a social media start up, Anil – ex-Xen source and now raising a £2million angel round for the most incredible game play I have heard and Jeremy, ex-Accenture and now settling in the Cameroon where he is setting up a Y-Combinator style incubator – biggest expense at present is a 500KB Internet connection at £ 150 per month. All three of them have incredible stories to tell and I hope to follow up on all of their stories as they are all well worth telling.
We arrived at our destination, Grantchester Meadows, just at the point in the year that the sun shone hottest. Food was optional as most of it had melted but somehow some of the wine , Pimms and other liquid refreshmets remianed cold. We shared the field with some great cows. Unfortunately none of the cows were prepared to offer my son a ride on on their back as he wished but he busied himself making friends with small people and anyone that might offer him a short cut to a cows.
Highlights of an unexpectedly great day include chatting to @Covert’s supervisor, getting burnt, the food sharing thing, everything Arthur did, meeting so many interesting and incredibly hot people, the cow-pat exfoliation, being challenged by some extraordinary people doing amazing things and most of all, breaking into my home grown new potatoes when I got home.