Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

28 Oct 2013, 14:20 p.m.

Prank And/Or Business Idea

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2013 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Problem 1: Food at tech meetups usually fails to satisfy foodies. Make-your-own-tacos if you're lucky, "the Statue of Liberty is crying" bad pizza if you're not.

Problem 2: Most places we hold evening tech talks just aren't very good for actually hearing and enjoying those talks. Either the sightlines and sound suck, or you're in some weird institution like a college or Google that comes with a bunch of other emotional freight.

Problem 3: People want entertainment with their dinner, gimmicky outings for their friend or professional groups, and opportunities for limited socializing with strangers.

Proposed Solution: a proper restaurant like those old 1940s halls, the ones that used to show up in set pieces in Astaire movies. The terraces of round tables, where you might be seated with a few folks you don't know yet, remain the same. But the floor show is a few short tech talks, nightly.


Christie Koehler
29 Oct 2013, 16:19 p.m.

I love this idea.