One of the more popular and successful Strategy Institute conferences the company does on this sector is the one on investors, probably because raising money is anything but easy.
The 5th annual Digital Signage Investor Conference has been announced for Oct. 5-6 in New York, this time moving up from the Wall Street area and more into midtown, at a hotel located near the Theater District and Times Square.
The event is billed as “an opportunity for key players to source funding, facilitate deal making and maximize return-on-investment. In an exclusive setting, senior executives in the media and finance community can connect face-to-face and lay the seeds for the next deal. Exclusive and innovative speed networking session and structured breaks mean more time to make the right connections.”
Stu Armstrong from EnQii and fellow blogger Adrian Cotterill of DailyDOOH, who does a fair amount of investment advisory work, are the co-chairs – Stu doing Day One and Adrian Day Two.
You can find the agenda here, a mix of CEOs from DOOH and technology companies and people from the VC community. There is no sign of the smug, disinterested twits who dropped in from Wall Street at last fall’s event, thankfully.
There’s a good mix of topics but I think the co-chairs will have a steady challenge of keeping some of these folks staying on topic and interesting. Some of the people getting mike time have been known to pitch and beat their company chests rather than discuss the topic of the hour.
This was a good event last fall despite a bit of that, and I hope to make it down – though at $244 a night for a room that will probably be more costly than the flight down and back on JetBlue from Buffalo. Ouch. A guy can get spoiled by Las Vegas room rates.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.