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No PyCon for Divmod this year :-(

Fri 03 February 2006

Divmod won't be going to PyCon this year.

Unfortunately, even a small conference like PyCon can cost too much when you are an un-funded startup. When we evaluated whether or not it was a worthwhile idea to go, we just couldn't make it add up - by the time PyCon rolls around, we are going to need to be doing a lot of deployment, marketing, and sales work, and PyCon is more like a vacation than a sales venue for us. In previous years we've been able to rationalize the cost because we were mostly on the east coast, and all in the US, so it was generally a cheap trip. This year we have an overseas developer and the conference is on average farther away from all of us.

I also wanted to say something publicly because this isn't a comment on the conference - I'm definitely going to miss going, and I am sure it will be a lot of fun. I apologize to anyone who thought they were going to see us there. We were planning to go before we re-evaluated our priorities. I hope we will be there again next year.

Ironically I will be on a business trip to Texas anyway at around the same time as PyCon - in Austin, which is to say, the part of Texas that isn't totally awful. (Seriously, I know the conference had to move because it was outgrowing the venue, but Dallas? I'm still confused about that.) I hope to post something about the super secret projects I am going there to discuss, but don't hold your breath - they are super secret after all.