Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit: My Recap
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
– T.E. Lawrence
One week ago I had the privilege and blessed opportunity to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston.
Before going to Boston I had no idea what to expect.
What I found was that the world’s brightest young minds had all descended on the same City Hall Plaza for learning, networking, and friendships.
I met dreamers.
Students who were researching the next great cure.
Veterans who are helping other veterans.
I met founders: those with successes and those who are licking their wounds from their latest attempt.
Some didn’t know what they wanted to be but knew they had the potential to be great.
I met doers.
Those who take action.
They see a problem and set to fix it. They fly to Boston to meet likeminded young people to learn, partner and grow with. Some from across the world.
I saw protestors, exercising their free speech. A reminder of what makes America great, no matter your political belief.
I met beauty queens who are now running businesses and traveling the world teaching others.
I listened to and learned from top leaders in artificial intelligence, neuroscience, marketing, startups, politics, and health. I walked away smarter: with a new perspective on not only my world but the entire world.
I met neuroscientists who provided direct value and insight into the underlying science we’re applying in our current startup.
I met Chris Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, and discussed the implications of our technology and how to always build in an ethical way.
I met top marketers and business veterans. Ones that are open and willing to help.
From shaking the hands of emerging leaders I walked away with new connections that will catapult my business forward. And hopefully, I’ll add value to theirs.
But most importantly I walked away with new friends.
From Marshmello kicking off the festival, to the margarita bar, after party, bar crawl, and food festival — Forbes U30 is not your normal business trip. It’s an educational party with a new deep and thoughtful conversation waiting at every turn.
I knew going to Forbes U30 would be different. It’s not like a regular conference where your boss sends you to listen to companies pitch their products.
Everyone at Forbes U30 has self-selected to devote their time and resources to meet other ambitious emerging leaders.
It was an experience like no other and one I will never forget.
My biggest takeaway is that you can always think bigger, move faster, and do more. And that everyone should have green clickers to exchange contact info at all times, even in the real world.
I plan to go next year and suggest you do the same.