Web Conference In Toronto

December 7, 2006


mesh conferenceLast year I and four other Toronto web enthusiasts founded a conference – the mesh conference. The group consisted of Mathew Ingram (senior technology writer for the Globe and Mail), Mark Evans (senior technology writer for the National Post and now COO of B5media), Stuart McDonald (founder of Expedia Canada), Rob Hyndman (technology lawyer) and myself.

The goal of the conference was to answer the question, “What’s next online?” for people in four industries – media, marketing and PR, society and politics and venture and entrepreneurship. To that end, we were able to attract some of the internet’s best minds. Below is a list of our keynote presenters and podcasts of their keynotes:

Om Malik (media podcast)
– then a senior writer at Business 2.0, now a blog network entrepreneur

[audio:http://www.meshconference.com/podcasts/mesh%202006%20Podcast%20-%20Day%201%20-%20Keynote%20-%20Evans%20and%20Malik.mp3]

Dr. Michael Geist (society and politics podcast)
– author, law professor at the University of Ottawa Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.

[audio:http://www.meshconference.com/podcasts/mesh%202006%20Podcast%20-%20Day%201%20-%20Keynote%20-%20Hyndman%20and%20Geist.mp3]

Steve Rubel (marketing and PR keynote)
– Senior VP at Edelman

[audio:http://www.meshconference.com/podcasts/mesh%202006%20Podcast%20-%20Day%202%20-%20Keynote%20-%20MacDonald%20and%20Rubel.mp3]

Dr. Paul Kedrosky (venture and entrepreneurship keynote)
– venture fellow with Ventures West

[audio:http://www.meshconference.com/podcasts/mesh%202006%20Podcast%20-%20Day%202%20-%20Keynote%20-%20Ingram%20and%20Kedrosky.mp3]

Tara Hunt (on Pinko Marketing)
– formerly of Riya, now a director at Citizen Agency

[audio:http://www.meshconference.com/podcasts/mesh%202006%20Podcast%20-%20Day%202%20-%20Keynote%20-%20Hunt.mp3]

If you can make the time, give the podcasts a listen. I have been relistening myself recently and the content is first rate. In fact, the whole event wound up being a great success and so we are doing it again May 30 & 31, 2007. Like last year a limited number of student tickets will be available. I hope you can join us.


about the author

Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.