#growconf | Reflections on GROW Conference 2010: Pros, cons, and food for thought

by Knowlton Thomas

GROW 2010 was an unforgettable experience. It was a gathering of world-class entrepreneurs inside a world-class venue, engaging, inspiring, and challenging one another to make the future as bright as possible for everyone.

From Dave McClure throwing f-bombs like a warzone, to Ellen Levy proving how powerful professional networks are, to discussing Andrew Mason's skyrocket success, GROW was informative, valuable, and entertaining. 


  • A very solid lineup of presenters, particularly in the final presentation, which saw elite execs from Microsoft, RIM, Google, and Nokia.
  • Plenty of breaks for networking.
  • Comfortable seating, inside and outside the conference room.
  • Stunning views in a prime location of the city in a magnificent venue.
  • Post-conference cocktail reception, and a night party outside the venue.



  • Mediocre breakfast and lunch food with limited selection.
  • The conference came to an end.


Food for thought

  • The city mayor said Vancouver has the most entrepreneurs per capita than any other city in North America.
  • Chris Albinson of Panorama Capital said Web 3.0 began 29 months ago and that 3.6 billion people will be digitally connected by 2014.
  • Leonard Brody of Clarity Digital said humans are fundamentally and behaviourally different than they were 10 years ago.
  • Dave McClure said everything is "fucking bullshit."
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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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