Last week, we had the distinct pleasure of demo-ing at All Things D’s Dive Into Media conference. It was a big deal to be chosen as one of only two demos for the event, presenting alongside luminaries such as Martha Stewart, Dick Costolo (Twitter), John Skipper (ESPN), Jason Kilar (Hulu), Neil Young (musician), and David Remnick (The New Yorker).
Costolo was a highlight, both because he drew so easily on his skills as a stand-up comic and because he came across as straightforward, open, and reasonable while addressing all of the big issues of the day–censorship, SOPA protests, the company’s relationship with Google.
We were also pretty enamored with Remnick, the lone other speaker to take the stage in defense of words. He may come from the other end of the tech spectrum from us, but as dedicated readers of The New Yorker, Lisa and I can attest that the magazine IS as good as ever, and under his inspirational leadership, we are confident it will last.
I was also afraid I was going to have to hold Lisa back from accosting both Stewart and Skipper, but she managed some uncharacteristic restraint. For those of you who don’t know her that well, Lisa loves to bake, decorate cakes, and arrange flowers, but she also watches more sports than most guys. And both of us read just about everything on Grantland (BRILLIANT site).
Where there was no holding back was in the demos. As you’ll see from our NSFW video, Lisa’s reading from Linda Wisdom and Lynda K. Scott’s new personalized erotica series, Great Escapes, brought down the house (and Peter Kafka’s usually impenetrable visage). But she also spoke passionately about what we’re doing and why it’s important for both readers and authors.
Similarly bereft of shyness were Prerna Gupta and Parag Chordia of Khush, the other demo-ing company. We always love meeting other mixed-gender founding teams, and these two were a delight. Check out their demo here! Oh, and their apps, LaDiDa and Songify, ROCK. I’d share Lisa’s song-writing files here, but she might kill me.
A huge thank you to Peter Kafka and the entire AllThingsD team for putting together such a wonderful conference!