Who Not to Hang Out With at GDC

by Darius Kazemi on February 25, 2007

in gdc,networking

So at the most recent Boston Postmortem meeting, somebody asked me if I was going to organize a Boston birds-of-a-feather meeting at GDC. My immediate, reflexive response was, “Hell no. I’m not wasting my time meeting with Boston-area developers at GDC.”

That might sound mean, but think about it this way: I can see these people any time I want. GDC is an opportunity to spend time hanging out with people that I only get to see once a year.

The only situation where I would want to spend time with a Boston developer at GDC is if that developer is (a) someone I’ve never met before, or (b) someone I know, who is introducing me to someone I don’t know. In the case of (a), I spend a few minutes getting that person’s contact info and then I say, “I’ll call you after GDC and we can get lunch sometime.” In the case of (b), I’m not spending much time with the Boston person anyway.

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