Dave Winer not going to PodcasterCon!

I just saw on Dave Winers blog that he is canceling his trip to Podcastercon because the conference is allowing a sponsor to pitch a product. What’s up with that? Why could they have not followed the unconference format and stood their ground and said no sales pitches. As a side note I had received about a dozen e-mails over the past week asking me if I was going to be their, I had initially not considered it as it’s a long way to fly for a short conference.

As I have reviewed the blog on their website I realize now why Dave is upset. Well no worries on my part Dave my book has sold really well on it’s own, and I hope the rest of the podcast authors have done well. I did not even consider asking Wiley to do something as I didn’t think it was allowed

What’s even more funny over the past 3 or 4 days I was actually considering going because it was a non-commercial conference. I am a pretty commercial kind of guy, but sometimes it’s just good to leave agendas at the door and have a open and frank conversation without some company pitching me. In retrospect it’s to bad that they were not able to follow the unconference model. If I could get you all out to Hawaii I would put on of these on myself but I don’t think we could get enough people out here to do it. [Dave Winer]

BTW Dave, I really would not have cared if they gave books out, but down deep I think it would have made me say WTF.

About Todd Cochrane

Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.