A Tip From Scooby-Do Via Twitter: Upcoming.org

Mike Cote of Redmonk mentioned last night on Twitter that he would be in the Westchester area this week to attend an IBM SMB (Small and Medium Business) Analyst meeting. I noted a few minutes ago on Twitter that Scooby-do, the wacky, wise and wonderful Scobleizer himself, said: [1]

Scobleizer: Upcoming.org is teaching me that it’s not branding or buzz that’ll get people to do things: it’s our friends and social networks.

When I went to upcoming.org I learned the time and location of the meeting. I also noticed that Mike Cote had made the entry for it in upcoming.org, thus doing IBM a favor. See Upcoming – Westchester.

I then sent the following note to Cote:


Just learned via Scooby-Do’s mention of upcoming.org that you are at IBM’s SMB Analyst meet today in White Plains, near where 287 and the Hutch intersect. I also noticed you created the upcoming.org announce of this meet.

I’m giving a presentation on open-source to a group of CIO’s from Austria later this afternoon, and wonder if you are availalbe for dinner a drink this evening, or sometime tomorrow. You’re welcome to come to our house for dinner; it’s less that a 30-minute drive from the SMB location.

Also, if time permits, you’re welcome to join my presentation. It starts about 3:45 at the IBM site in Hawthorne, about twenty minutes from your location.

Even if we don’t get together, enjoy the splendid Fall here in Westchester. We’ve had over a month of wonderful weather. There’s been little rain, so Fall is running about two weeks late, and is just reaching its peak in these parts.

I then forwarded that note to Mike Dolan, a fellow IBMer and Twitter, with a short preface:


FYI per below, if you aren’t already at the SMB meet in WP then you might want to go just to say hi to Mike. He’s a great guy.


By the way, Redmonk’s Steve O’Grady is a big fan of the Boston Red Sox. IBM’s Mike Dolan is a fan of the Cleveland Indians, something I learned via Twitter.

We all know who is happy and who is glum this Monday morning.


1. Temple Beth-El in Chappaqua has for several years held an annual conference called WWW, for Wise, Wonderful Women, in which women professionals discuss their careers and the challenges they have faced being a woman in business. Guests have included Hillary Clinton and Vanessa Williams, both Chappaqua residents; a senior exec from a major auction house; one of the country’s best “hand models” (she wore gloves); U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey; and a research scientist in biochemistry.

Senator Hillary Clintonmoved to Chappaqua in 1999. Vanessa Williams grew up in the town and is a graduate of Horace Greeley High School; her father was a well-known music educator in Westchester, and played a key role for many years in arranging various all-country concerts. I recall seeing him at several of the ones where my children played.

Both Senator Clinton and President Clinton attended the Memorial Day Ceremony that honored SSgt. Kyu Hyuk Chay, , a local resident who was killed in action in Afghanistan in October, 2006.

It is a wonderful event. It is usually held in March.

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