Chris Ferguson, Development Manager for Active.com, and I have been at Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco this week. We're here to stay in touch with the latest in technology and to spread the good word about The Active Network. Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg was scheduled to speak at 2, and this was his first public speech since Facebook went public earlier this year. We knew his would be a popular session, so we got to the conference early in order to score a good seat. Our sacrifice paid off as we were 5 rows from the front of the stage (about 30 feet). And to put this into context, there are about 200 rows setup in the conference hall.
The place was packed, and people were crowding toward the front of the stage as they would if we were at a Pearl Jam concert. Zuckerberg does enjoy rockstar status after all. Here's a shot I took looking backwards from my seat.
When the CEO of Facebok finally took stage, I was able to snap a great picture with my iPhone.
Michael Arrington interviewed him. Arrington is by far the best interviewer at the conference this year. I agree with one attendee when she tweeted "I wish @arrington did all the interviews. He's like the Jon Stewart of Startups". As for me, I felt like a school girl seeing Justin Beber in person for the first time. Regardles of how insightful his first public appearance in recent months may have been, it was amazing to be in the presence of such an influential technologist.