When I travel, I’ve taken to randomly calling customers in the cities I visit and inviting them out to dinner.
Last week I was in Chicago and D.C. for conferences (here is a webcast of the panel I was on about SAAS… sorry about the form, just get past it and you’re good to go), and I managed to get a hold of some wonderful people in both cities. I usually make the arrangements at the last minute, often the same day. I’ll call 8–10 people, and can usually assemble a table of people in about half an hour.
Really sorry about the photo quality here, the Blackberry Pearl doesn’t do so well indoors. But here are some photos of the good folks I met:
At FreshBooks we feel extraordinarily lucky to have such wonderful customers as these — and we hope to have dinner with you sometime soon.