This evening (Tuesday, October 18, 2005) I will be hearing Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines, speak at the American Express Open “Adventures” Conference.
I’ve been hired to be part of an online blogging event about the Conference. The Conference kicks off this evening with a live, in-person event and then continues through the week as an online conference.
The live event: This evening Sir Richard Branson will be interviewed by Jane Pauley, here in Miami, Florida, where I am at the moment. I am hoping — hoping — to be able to ask a question of him. If you had the chance, what would you ask Richard Branson? Please leave a comment below if there is a question you would like to ask. With any luck, maybe I will get the chance to pose your question.
The online event: Following the live event, three veteran business bloggers (myself, Rob May of BusinessPundit, and Dave Carlson of the Business Opportunities weblog) will be writing about the live event and entrepreneurship topics. Clay Shirky, a professor and blogging pioneer, will be serving as the facilitator for the online event.
While the online conference is in progress, you’ll see the following disclaimers at the bottom of relevant posts:
“The opinions expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect those of American Express. If you post on the blogs, be aware that any personal information you post will be viewable by anybody reading the blogs.
The facilitator and bloggers for this event have been compensated for their time by OPEN from American Express.”
So keep in mind that despite being paid for our time to participate in this conference, American Express wants us to say what we really think. They just want you to realize it is us saying it, not them.
Tonight’s event will not end until almost 10:00 PM Eastern U.S. time. So we may not be posting anything online until very late tonight or early tomorrow. But please come back during the week to all three blogs for lots of interesting discussion about Richard Branson and entrepreneurship.