This week was Atlassian’s annual Summit conference in Las Vegas (do I need to say Nevada?). I just wrapped up a long week of work meetings, and filming customers, partners, and colleagues, around the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
It wasn’t all work, but I definitely met my stand goal every day — and then some.
Arriving in Vegas with a dozen colleagues meant several awkward (but still interesting) conversations. “Who are you?” “What do you do?” and “how long have you been at Atlassian?” were common conversational themes.
To answer those questions: I’m Nick. I talk to our internal sales people and external partners about how to talk about our products (it’s meta, don’t worry). And I’ve been here for 3.5 years.
Coincidentally, my niece was playing volleyball in the same hotel the prior weekend, so she was there with my sister. They were leaving as I arrived, but we got to cross paths enough to hang out for an hour or so 🙂
Go sports ball 🏐
Summit began on Wednesday, but Tuesday was a full day of Atlassian channel partner-related activities, appropriately called “Partner Day.”
I gave part of a presentation with one colleague named Paul, but otherwise roamed the halls with another team mate (also named Paul). I work with a lot of Pauls.
Paul (the second one) and I spent most our time interviewing other presenters and expo hall visitors from around the world. Attendees were eager to talk about Atlassian and how they can expand value for our customers.
I can’t post any of that content, but the videos were really fun to make. Paul is a standup kind of guy, and I’m an improv guy. That mostly translates to him remembering his lines, and me blanking most of the time. He’s also the straight man, and I’m the silly one.
It was a fun dynamic 🙌
Two days in, and I was ready to leave the hotel. I literally hadn’t left a controlled climate from the moment I landed Monday afternoon to Wednesday evening. It was slightly depressing, and it felt great to step outside — even if it was to get into a cab to head to another casino for dinner.
We dined at Picasso. The place wasn’t exactly what I would have chosen. However, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the many Picasso works that surrounded our table. And dinner was with some of my favorite people in the company. Plus the food and wine were fairly good.
After 4 days indoors, we were released to the Mandalay Bay’s sandy outdoor beach for Summit Bash. The traditional conference party was held the final night of the entire event (Dev Day, Training Day, Partner Day, and 2 days of Summit, all crammed into the 4 days).
Whew. That was a long week.
I overextended my 48 hour rule for Vegas by 2x, and I was ready to go home.
The ride home was mostly uneventful. I was finally able to visit American Express’ Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas’ airport. And I can report that it’s just as crowded as every other Centurion Lounge I’ve been to.
I realize they’ve limited access recently, but they really need to work on finding more space in these airports. They’re a nice benefit, though it’s difficult to enjoy when you can’t find a seat or a power outlet. First world problems are tough 😔
Less than 24 hours after landing, we were on our way to Los Angles for a friend’s 30th birthday weekend. It wasn’t a crazy weekend 😅. Just friends and their significant enjoying beer, wine, food, and conversations that meandered.
Our friend found an awesome winery located near Chinatown to host the occasion.
I was slightly skeptical at first, but Angelino Winery was impressive. Not only produces their wine in , but they source their grapes from Los Angeles County! And they really lean into Los Angeles’ history as a wine producing city, dating back to the mid 1800’s. In fact, Los Angeles Historic Park — located right across the street from their facility — was one of the first places to grow grapes for wine production in California. There’s even a whole book about it 🍇 🍷 🥳
A little over 24 hours after arriving in Los Angeles, we were on the road, making our way home. We flew in, and drove back. It’s not my favorite drive, but it reminded me of the trips I used to take to LA to visit friends, right after I’d moved to San Francisco.
See you next week!