The 99 Percent Conference

I wanted to personally thank Scott Belsky and his team at Behance and Josh Rubin and his team at Cool Hunting for hosting the 99% Conference at the Times Center in New York City this week.

This was the first ever 99 Percent conference. Many inaugural conferences hit multiple snags in either planning or execution. Behance and Cool Hunting pulled this off like they’ve been doing it for years, and much more flawlessly than the amazing TED conference on it’s 25th anniversary. Maybe Scott and Josh will allow their conference committees to help out in Long Beach in 2010.

Unlike many conferences that focus simply on new ideas, this one was about making ideas happen. The name of the conference came from Thomas Edison’s famous quote, “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” More than 350 creative thinkers gathered to hear nine 20-minute presentations focused on productivity and the process of executing ideas.

The speakers were simply amazing. Instead of rewriting my own synopsis, I’ll link to those who have already eloquently summarized the main points.

Fast Company


Design Arts Daily

Swiss Miss on Ji Lee

Swiss Miss on Seth Godin

Alex’s excellent Squidoo lens

The conference was amazing. I’ll definitely be back next year.

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