The conference circuit is hot. Once the domain of nameless geeks to commiserate on why they can’t get dates, tech conferences now showcase high-profile CEOs, serve as the backdrop for big deals and are the new sign that you’ve made it. The latest addition to the list is an independent analyst with a reputation for keeping his wits about himself amid Wall Street’s Chicken Little routine.
Helsinki-based Horace Dedui writes about the intersection of technology and investing at Asymco.com, a site that attempts to explain Wall Street and Silicon Valley – a feat unto itself given the often inscrutable reasoning behind why people buy Apple devices and investor reactions. The Amsterdam-based Asymcoconf promises an “engaging, participatory experience” on topics such as the case for mobile computing, Hollywood, financial services and education.
If jetting over to Helsinki is not a barrier, keep in mind the conference’s maiden voyage is Friday, April 13. But fighting your fears might be worth the effort. Dediu is a Harvard-educated former Development Manager at Nokia who has also spent time as a professional analyst.
Although it’s unknown what luminaries may attend the event, the conference joins nearly a half-dozen others competing for your attention. Along with the granddaddy of all tech gatherings, TED, there is the All Things Digital conference, the Wall Street Journal‘s Eco:nomics conference, Wired’s Business Conference as well as Michael Arrington’s Tech Crunch Disrupt.