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IZEAFest: Like an Obama, Palin, Arrington & CarrotTop Love Child

Imagine combining the best speakers, the best bloggers and Orlando fun into one event-packed conference and you’d have IZEAFest — September 11-13.

The speaker lineup is crazy, including top bloggers such as Merlin Mann (43folders.com), Jeremy Schoemaker (shoemoney.com), Tamar Weinberg (techipedia.com), Loren Feldman (1938media.com), Stephanie Agresta (internetgeekgirl.com), Loren Baker (searchenginejournal.com), Brian Clark (copyblogger.com), Etan Horowitz (Orlando Sentinel), Tony Hung (deepjiveinterests.com), John Chow (johnchow.com), Alexander Schek (fayerwayer.com), and Steve Spalding (howtosplitanatom.com) — and that’s less than half of them.

Bloggers, advertisers, entrepreneurs and social media butterflies will take over Orlando’s Grand Bohemian to discuss topics such as:
– Improving Your Content
– Big Money Bloggers
– Growing Traffic
– What Advertisers Want
– Social Networking for Bloggers
– Compelling Video
– Tools & Plug-ins
– Blog Design

After a couple days of throwing down some knowledge, the event culminates Saturday night with IZEAHunt — a multimedia team scavenger hunt throughout downtown Orlando. My suggestion: wear clothes you won’t mind throwing away at the end of the night. For those still alive Sunday, Universal will experience a blogger takeover the likes of which they’ve never seen — bloggers in shorts and tanks, scary…;-)

If you’re interested in blogging, social media, online advertising or just Florida’s startup/technology scene, don’t miss IZEAFest. Whereas most conferences of this scale cost hundreds or thousands, the $65 ticket price is unheard of — although you do have to consider the “ruined clothes” cost. I hope you join us!

For those of you that don’t already know, IZEA is a portfolio company of mine. Oh, and for those of you still hoping for a picture of the Obama, Palin, Arrington, CarrotTop love child, here you go:

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Orlando Makes FastCompany Global Dozen

On a tip from Greg via Doterati, I just checked out FastCompany’s list of the dozen best cities on the planet for innovation. Only 3 of the cities were in the US, and kudos to Orlando for being one of the few. The full list, in no particular order, included:

  • Beijing
  • Hyderabad
  • Mexico City
  • Kigali
  • Seattle
  • Orlando
  • Calgary
  • Moscow
  • Barcelona
  • Kansas City
  • Dohar
  • Abu Dhabi

They had this to say about Orlando:

“There’s more to Orlando than Mickey. It’s now a hub for two burgeoning industries: interactive games — a lively scene has sprouted around the Electronic Arts studio behind Madden NFL — and biotech. A new medical complex in the Lake Nona area will house a University of Central Florida med school and a branch of the famed Burnham Institute for Medical Research.”

We’ve known this for years about Orlando and multiple spots across the state. It’s nice to see others take notice…