May 12, 2011

The Text Analytics Summit needs to be replaced

I wasn’t asked to moderate a panel at the Text Analytics Summit because the guy running it — NOT Seth Grimes — didn’t feel “comfortable” with me doing so.  (I wanted real discussion; Ezra evidently just wanted to buy off sponsors and partners with marketing-opportunity slots.)  I also wasn’t given a press pass.* (Although uninterested in the sessions, I was interested in stopping by and meeting some newer vendors.)

*This is although I’ve spoken at four prior versions of the event, and responded to their request for free consulting as recently as this year.

OK, that might have been personal in some way — but Nick Patience tweets a very similar story. Even Seth himself tweets that

They have a business model that does not apply well to the IT conference space.

The Text Analytics Summit has been troubled for years, but evidently things have gotten worse.

This is more than an incidental problem. Interest in text data is exploding, and marketplace confusing about text analytic technology abounds. More clarity is needed, but too few folks have found an economic model for providing it. (The industry shares some of the blame for that.) I’m glad Seth is doing other conference work — notably on sentiment analysis — but yet more is needed.

If I get into the conference business — and it seems natural that I would — I’ll try to help fill the gap. But if somebody else beats me to the punch, more power to you, and please let me know how I can help.

Comments

3 Responses to “The Text Analytics Summit needs to be replaced”

  1. Ezra Steinberg on May 13th, 2011 12:30 pm

    Curtis,

    I would’ve liked to have had the opportunity to work this out between us before having to read hurtful things being written about my on the internet. I am not scum, Curtis. Please call me at 201 204 1683 or 631 988 0094 because I deserve an opportunity to defend myself.

    -Ezra

  2. Curt Monash on May 13th, 2011 7:23 pm

    For the record, my name isn’t “Curtis.” Also, I’m not the one who put a reference to “scum” in a medium where anybody was likely to find it later in a web search, nor for that matter the one who connected it to your last name.

  3. Utility App on November 14th, 2011 6:08 am

    For the record, my name isn’t “Curtis.” Also, I’m not the one who put a reference to “scum” in a medium where anybody was likely to find it later in a web search, nor for that matter the one who connected it to your last name.

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