A LOT OF WHAT WE DO IS FREE
That does not mean it is free to produce this content.
That is very important to us, because it removes a significant barrier to participate. If we really are going to use innovation to improve the human condition, we need as many smart humans as possible participating. So, we bring people together for free.
The cost to produce the weekly Thursday Gathering is about $150,000/yr (full organizational budget is approx $400,000). You gotta figure 25,000 attendees and 550 educational sessions takes some serious work. Oh, and just as a point of clarification, the sessions and workshop are not presented by check-writers — this is not a pay-to-play scenario. First things people often say is: “Heck, you could totally charge admission and charge the presenters.” We could, but that would change the vibe. It would totally change the vibe.
So we look to those who get the most our of it — the attendees. We’d love to have nice people, who believe in the mission, to financially support this nonprofit organization. You attend, you have an enjoyable beverage, you meet some great people, and…
WHAT ABOUT A SIMPLE CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP
People like to eat. They are fond of eating. They are also fond of people how offer them food. Consider becoming a food sponsor. It’s pretty simple:
$500 + cost of food = Food Sponsor for the Week.
All you have to do is pick a Thursday (any Thursday) and we’ll get you set up as the food sponsors for that week. There will be signage, mentioned in eNews, some social love, and about 500 smiling faces.