36 hours at TED

Checking in on Foursquare and there walks Sting. He was riding solo and sporting some crazy “ain’t give a shit” parachute pants. To be honest, it was a nice alternative to the sea of blazers adorned by the boys club of conference attendees. Later today, he’ll be at our Delta installation. Man, I hope Winslow gets a selfie with him. Btw, does Sting have a middle name?

It’s been awesome to see our Social Soul installation being received so well. People who get it, really get it. They walk away smiling and wanting to gush about what they just experienced. Then, we tell them you can sneak a peek inside from our secret periscopes and they reach level 5 flip-out mode. I’m reminded how rewarding it is to design experiences that make people feel this way.


Oh look, there’s Seth Godin. I recognize his iconic glasses from afar. Is it weird I’m starstruck? I’m 38 yet this man gives me goosebumps full of inspiration.

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix walks by and I can’t help but think of binge watching House of Cards. For some reason, I looked to see if he was wearing a Frank Underwood ring. Tap tap. No dice.

The theater doors open for lunch and we’re greeted by a small army of creative heavyweights. Josh Spear and Aaron Dignan (Founders, Undercurrent), Scott Belsky (Founder, Behance), Mark Ronson (Music Producer), and CEO’s from Zappos, PSFK and Google. My brain is swarming with ideas and I’m feeling motivated. Grab my laptop and post up in Jawbone’s communal work station to ride the momentum.

Cameron Diaz is here. I have no idea why but my co-workers insist she looks amazing and apparently that’s all that matters.

My hangover from last night’s 3-hour client dinner is finally starting to fade. I’m reminded of this while seeing Al Gore and Bill Gates schmoozing in-front of a massive installation by Target. Let’s hope their credit cards weren’t compromised. Sorry, bad joke.

TOMS is here. They built an empire around their One For One shoes and here at TED, they’re launching a new product: coffee. I didn’t get the full scoop but it appears water will be donated for every bag of coffee purchased.

Social Soul @ TED

Vancouver is absolutely stunning. The convention center is set to a backdrop of snowy mountain-tops, lakes and vibrant city-scapes. Remind me to come back when I’m not working and have more than 36 hours to explore.

The TED staff curated several break-out lounges that provide attendees with ample opportunities to unwind, co-work, and shop. Next to Google Glass and Citi Bike was a showcase of creative furniture, including my new favorite, Buoy by Turnstone. At first, it looks nothing more than an oversized stool or ottoman. But the genius is in it’s design. It swivels and reacts to your body’s movements like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Maneesh, if you’re reading this, be prepared for an all-out pitch replacing our office chairs with these gems.

Edward Snowden is at TED. Not really but sort of. He’s on stage via a mobile kiosk that looks like a cross between a Segway and Facetime. Chris Andersen is interviewing him and unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of talk of government secrets and coverups.

My Delta notification pops up and thus it’s time to head back east. A quick purchase of Austin Kleon’s new book and I’m ready to go. Oh look, there he is. Thank you, Vancouver. It’s amazing what happens when people get together.

Social Soul @ TED