What would you expect to experience at a trade show for Internet service providers? Listen to Tristan Degenhart, one of the original founders of Switchvox and also working with Digium as well as Matthew Hardeman who is system architect of IPiFony discuss voip equipment and hosted IP pbx at http://www.viddler.com/explore/suzannebowen/videos/6/. Both are refreshing young people in our industry with energy, technical intelligence and marketing savvy we can all learn from.
I didn't get a chance to have a personal talk with Tristan, but we did get together with IPiFony at the DIDX Bloggers' Breakfast during ISPCON in San Jose last week (November 2008). We would like to note that Alex Goldman, Peter Radizeski, and others from Jupiter Media did an excellent job bringing participants together with the best speakers from VoipLogic, ImageStream, Google, Cogent Communications, ServerPlus, Jaguar Communications, Switchvox, IPiFony and more.
The exhibits were low in number but high in innovation and real skills at networking effectively. We all remember exhibits where the booth personnel hide in a corner and never make eye contact. ;-)