For a year that was full of upheaval for me, I remember 2009 pretty fondly - it was the year that Twitter really came into its own for me as a tool to do cool stuff and improve my life. In 8 months in Toronto, I made so many great friends and contacts that I've stayed in touch with to this day. My first year or so back in Ottawa was every bit as productive: I made friends, found romance, helped friends find romance, and laid the business and reputational groundwork that led to my current role at Shopify which, if not a dream job, is a hell of a lot closer to a dream job than most people ever see in their careers.
I remember the day the process of me starting there began - it was the day after my 25th birthday, a day on which Shopify had announced their Series A round, and I was at a government meetup because a few of my friends suggested I come out for a beer. I saw Edward Ocampo-Gooding, who I knew through the Open Data meetups he organized, and knowing that he worked for one of the city's hottest startups and that said startup was suddenly flush with money to fuel its growth... I made an overture and the rest, as they say, is history.
I can't recall the last time I went to an event that wasn't directly connected to the startup sphere in this city, and I don't think that's a good thing. Wasn't life better when we could count on there being 40 people you knew in a room together with cheap beer and free aphrodisiacs every single Friday? Some people wouldn't be there every week, and that was cool - you'd drink and hang out with whoever showed up. It was awesome, it's not really happening in this city anymore, and it should be.
So, with that in mind, Dave and I booked My Condo on Clarence for this Thursday evening, 7-10. You should come because it's going to be a fantastic time with good people, and we're going to be raising cash for a great local cause.
Check it out: http://irlyow.eventbrite.com