I’ve been reminiscing. I’ll never forget the first week in May, 2007, when we gathered in Madison, Wis. for our first Mediasite User Conference. We saw demand for online video growing unabated, and we realized our customers pined to know more about how to best leverage this new form of communication. They wanted to learn from each other, they wanted to learn from us and they wanted a first-hand look into what was coming next.
Unleash was born, and we hosted about 75 Mediasite users that week. We got to know our customers a little better, we laughed, we listened and we learned. What we didn’t know then was how our modest gathering of power users would grow over the next decade. And there are more of you than I can count who rearrange your calendars to make sure you can come back every single year.
Like your favorite indie band that becomes famous, we outgrew that first venue, and moved to the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace. We started with one track of sessions and now have four to ensure you’re able to customize your conference experience to extract exactly what you want. And while our social events have grown, they’ve also taken on the feeling of a reunion you really don’t want to miss, because you know you’ll see an old friend.
I’ve also been reminiscing about what we, as a group, have accomplished with video. We’ve and I’ll be excited to share that with you during my keynote, The History of the Future of Video.
Here’s where you can register for Unleash 2015 if you haven’t already. It’s April 27 – 29 in Madison. I look forward to seeing you again this year.