Food. Armies march on their stomachs and while we are not expecting any fighting at Business of Software this year, we are trying to make sure that the standard of food is as high as you would expect. We want to make sure there is good choice for everyone, especially the vegetarians.
Last week, Wendi, Anna and I spent some time picking through menus to make sure that everything is as you would expect. This is hard work and to prove it, here are a few of the things that were keeping us busy on your behalf – just some of the places we went in the quest for good research. We would recommend all of these establishments for different reasons except for the last one if you are a vegetarian.
It is the conference hotel so we are hoping the food might be good!
All very nice but the keen apiarists among our BoS throng will be delighted to know that the InterContinental Hotel is one of the very few large hotels to keep bees. They are thoughtfully kept in hives outside the bedrooms.
Site of our Monday night event – food, music, dancing (if you insist), conversation and friendship. We want to make sure that everything is just right…
One important thing to note this year is that while we want to bring our own house band, we have got the use of two large, separate, rooms so whether you want to howl at the bass player, or chat quietly and cosily in a corner, there will be a place with your name on it.
It was only at the end of our visit that we noticed that ‘Chef Santos’ seemed to be pretty well known. Turns out he was one of the finalists on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’.
We think he is going to do us proud, but if he steps out of line, a dressing down from Wendi will make one of Gordon Ramsay’s outbursts seem like a nice chat with the Queen.
Any man that makes his own tomato ketchup takes his food seriously. We are looking forward to seeing you in October Chef Santos.
The Barking Crab is likely the place to go for a late evening drink if you don;t want to sit in the InterContinental.
Fenway Park. A HOT night in Boston.
This is in Cambridge, MA, and a 15 minute cab ride from the hotel but this place has more craft beers than I have ever tasted. Very thoughtfully, they offer you little tasting glasses to help you decide what you should drink. A great place for entrepreneurs to hang out.
And finally, no trip to America is complete without, a large steak.
Just round the corner from the InterContinental, this is probably one of the best chain steak houses in the US.
We ignored the apparent tastlessness of the sweet picture of Mary McCartney nestling inside her father Paul’s coat pocket taken by founder of Stella McCartney Foods that was displayed overlooking the main eating area. Now that, Alanis, is ironic.
We are looking forward to seeing you in October. Expect some good food along the way too – even the vegetarians!
BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE – FOR PEOPLE BUILDING GREAT SOFTWARE BUSINESSES.
This year will be the 7th Business of Software, a three day conference for founders who want to build sustainable, profitable software businesses. BoS has always been a special conference for our delegates and we want to keep it special.
Attendance is restricted to just 400 attendees in 2013 and we have 200 places taken and the next 100 tickets (as of April 20th) will be sold at the second Early Bird Rate.
If you want to see all of the action from Business of Software 2012, the videos of the talks are available in one place now: