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67 Geeks Eat

Nashville Geek BreakfastIt was yet another incredible Geek Breakfast this week. Last month we had about 60 people attend, which is insane. I figured it had to do with people being in the Christmas socializing mood, not to mention our one year anniversary.

I was happily shocked when I saw that over 70 people had RSVP’d for breakfast this month.

As usual Rob Robinson has a great break down of how his breakfast went. I’m certain it was completely different at another table, since we had over 60 people there.

A few folks expressed a concern with the growth of our “little” monthly get together. The concern is valid, but I’m not sure of a solution yet.

The issue is simply that we have just about out-grown Noshville. What began as a table or two of people, has now spread to three long tables and five booths!

I’m not picturing us all sitting on one table, that’s not really possible at this point. What do you have in mind? I notice that some of the same people often sit together each month, that’s fine, but if you really want to get the most from the breakfast, why not sit with a group of people you don’t know?

I’m open to suggestions on how to better the breakfast. I’ve heard of capping it each month at 40 or 50 people, or having two breakfasts each month. I’m not feeling great about those ideas. I am open to moving the breakfast to another location, but it’s crucial that we meet a few goals:

  • there’s plenty of parking
  • people can hear each other
  • a person can get away with simply buying a cup of coffee (but not without tipping your server)
  • be centrally located
  • separate checks is not a problem
  • the food and coffee is good :-)

What do you think? Am I missing any criteria? What are your suggestions? I’ll open a poll now to see if we even need to move the breakfast, I know that some of you are quite happy keeping it as is.

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If you’re not in Nashville, go start your own Geek Breakfast.

Dave

http://www.davemadethat.com

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  • We'll see you next time. Hope you're feeling better.
    Cheers,
    Dave

  • Thanks Ben. Good suggestions.

    Poor spelling and extreme brevity brought to you by iPhone.

    http://www.davemadethat.com

  • Perfect title, Dave. Thanks for the kind words.

    I voted yes, but only if we find a better solution. I love Noshville, but it's worth checking to see whether somewhere else might be even better.

  • I'll be following along with interest. I'm open to any location myself. I missed meeting up with you guys this month so as not to spread cold germs :) but I'll be there in February!

  • Ben Wilkins

    Dave, what about having multiple locations? I know for me it's hard to get downtown at 7:30 am. It'd be much easier to make it to the Noshville in Green Hills or CoolSprings for me and I k ow it would be for others too. I know you want to keep everyone together, but how many people can you actually talk to (not just say hello) in an hour anyway?

    Just a thought.

  • I voted yes only because I know the numbers will grow to the point Noshville will not be able to accommodate us. If you don't cap it or have two meetings each month, I don't see another way. I also know these are not ideal solutions.

    Unfortunately, I can't think of a place where this wouldn't be an issue. Between the two aforementioned options, splitting it into two meetings seems to be the most fair.

  • I like the idea of having “regional” breakfasts…Cool Springs, Maryland Farms, etc.

  • Anonymous

    The quickest option that comes to mind is Bread and Company in Green Hills, but its not centrally located. They have a scale back menu, but all the basics and I believe a range of coffee options: http://www.breadandcompany.com/

    I like the idea of regional breakfasts. Maybe 4 to 6 people could say, hey Dave we;re having a breakfast….can you send it to the list. I feel like organizing regional breakfasts might drive Dave crazy. On the flip side–if we rotated half regional breakfasts and half regular breakfasts that might be interesting. I think Brentwood and Franklin is the largest market for regional breakfasts. Actually they have a Bread and Company in Franklin.

    Thanks for all your hard work Dave!

  • Regional breakfasts make sense. Maybe the thing to do is let someone else pick up the baton for the regions and run them on different mornings from the downtown breakfast. That way, if some people want to maximize their face time with other geeks, they can get even more of it. If the Nashville Geek Breakfast meeting once per month becomes the Downtown Nashville Geek Breakfast one week, the Cool Springs Geek Breakfast the next week, and even something else and something else the other weeks, well, the reach just extended considerably, and it'd be a whole lot easier on everyone who travels far to Noshville.

    Otherwise, as I mentioned on Thursday morning, I think Cafe Coco's back room could work, and I called there after breakfast but need to wait until Monday to reach the person who coordinates booking that room to get an idea of what's feasible.

  • Thanks, great suggestions.

  • Dave,

    Sorry I couldn't make it. We had our first membership breakfast for the Nashville Technology Council and unveiled a new brand campaign this week. I like the venue a lot, but it is tough to find a “good place” to sit. Not sure what is up with Crema or Portland Brew on 12th, but both have a room that you could take over for the morning and keep the long table format, which I like. Tod

  • I like Noshville. Unfortunately, they are just too crammed for space. This happens at a lot of restaurants. There is no suggestion that could come from me that would help this either. I do not know of a place for a meeting other than the already mentioned locations. Noshville has been very accommodating considering the amount of people we bring to their business. I only wish they had a bigger parking space and a big meeting room section.

  • Thanks, this is great Andrew. I think you're on the right track with the
    “waves” idea. I've heard of this from several people and I'm leaning towards
    it. I want to keep the breakfast in one location, so we can remain
    together.

    I come in from Hermitage, do breakfast, then return to Briley to work. So, I
    too have to deal with the rush hour traffic. Not to mention people like
    Scott and Dave who come in from Knoxville and Memphis. However, Scott now
    has Geek Breakfast Knoxville up and running.

    I think the waves way will be the best way. I'll follow this up once it's
    decided.

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • Midtown Noshville does an impressive job, considering what we task them with. I think Green Hills Noshville or Bread & Company would be crushed by this group (they're both too small), and their parking makes Midtown's look downright spacious.

    Short of getting into a financial commitment by reserving Maggiano's rooms on West End (for example) for a buffet-style breakfast, I can't think of any great options for new locations.

    So, we're left with increasing supply to match demand, right? I can think of two ways to do that: One is to create “waves” at Midtown Noshville — the people who complain about 7:30am can come to an 8:30am wave, and maybe the 7:30am wave can officially move to 7:00 or 7:15am (which has sort of happened anyway). The only new expectation is that the early wave actually have to get out of their seats as the second wave starts showing up.

    The other way to increase supply has already been discussed: “Regional” breakfasts. Cool Springs, Green Hills, Midtown… Keep them at Noshville to maintain consistency, and folks who miss their “home”/favorite region will feel comfortable bouncing to another one.

    That highlights a special drawback to regions, which is that it could limit mingling geographically. People from downtown might never go to Cool Springs, and vice versa, and so they'd never meet.

  • ellestar27

    I will throw in one more option, should a downtown or large breakfast be an option. How about Loew's Vanderbilt? We can meet all the requirements originally listed above, and I believe they could handle an ever-growing event for sometime…a bit late of a suggestion for next month, but perhaps for March is other options do not pan out.

  • Thanks, I love Loews. That's an option too. Let's see how Feb works.

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • ellestar27

    I will throw in one more option, should a downtown or large breakfast be an option. How about Loew's Vanderbilt? We can meet all the requirements originally listed above, and I believe they could handle an ever-growing event for sometime…a bit late of a suggestion for next month, but perhaps for March is other options do not pan out.

  • Thanks, I love Loews. That's an option too. Let's see how Feb works.

    Cheers,
    Dave