Today is the last day of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 and we have seen really great companies come out and some rough ones. Below is one of my favorite platforms and one of the worse pitches I have seen.

The Good: Codeanywhere, The Google Doc for Developers

The Bad: Mink, a 3D printer for makeup

There are times when conferences are just a waste of time and you should be focused on building your product, but in moderation conferences can lead to meeting great people. While attending the Stanford E-Bootcamp I met Iker Hernandez, CEO of Enigmedia, and now he is attending TechCrunch Disrupt NY. Here’s why you need to attend conferences:

1. Build Your Network

Conferences allow you to meet people you may not have had the chance to meet otherwise. Take the time to network. You never know when you might be able to engage with them in the future.

2. Honest Feedback

The people you meet will give you the truth about your company. It helps to get away from the euphoria of family and friends awestruck from your “amazing” idea. You may be surprised and hear that your idea is bigger and better than you realized.

3. Team Building

If you are the CEO, don’t attend conferences on your own. Take this opportunity to bond with one of your executive team members outside of the office and show him/her some of the spotlight.

4. Motivation

Working day after day is the life of an entrepreneur, so it is natural to lack motivation when you’re stuck in the trenches. Two or three conferences a year will help motivate you and the team to continue pressing forward.




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