I’ve been to every Fincon since they started in 2011. Fincon17 was a big success overall, emphasis on BIG. 1700 people or some crazy number like that. My personal take was that it was simply too big. I still truly appreciated my week, but you definitely have to take charge and form your own small groups or you’d get swallowed in the crowds. Oh, and I learned that a bunch of people only recognize me when I have brightly colored hair – note to self.
Revanche from a Gai Shan Life, Maria Nedeva from The Money Principle, and Valerie Rind were my pillar peeps this year. Joe Taxpayer couldn’t make it for the first time and was deeply missed. It was also great to touch base with long term online friends like Ashley, Sherrian Crumbley, and Khaleef Crumbley. I also enjoyed getting to know several new people like Elisa, Makenzie, Felicity, and Michael.
As Fincon grows, so do the number of vendor booths. I was able to touch base with several new companies who interest me enough that I’ll be looking into affiliate relationships soon. I restocked myself with sturdy pens, a couple of bags, and various other swag that I still need to unpack.
The Plutus Awards and Halloween Party
The best event this year was totally The Plutus Awards! They felt personal and were a helluva good time. Dalton Rapattoni (singer and performer recently on American Idol) actually popped in with a mini-concert at the end!!! Totally awesome. Then the costumed after party was a hoot. Good people, good music, amazing costumes…just fantastic!
Overall, it was another great year at Fincon, though a bit more impersonal as it grows. I’ve already bought my ticket for Fincon18 in Orlando, Florida and will see all of my personal finance geeks next year!!!
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