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Recap: Gary Vee in Big D!

Gary Vaynerchuk rolled into Dallas last Wednesday for “Gary Vee in Big D!” and was greeted by 500 enthusiastic DFW fans. The event, a mini-conference that Gary keynoted to promote his New York Times’ best-selling book The Thank You Economy, took place at the Lakewood Theater and was sponsored by Dell, Inc.

As the doors opened at 4:00pm, the attendees received an Academy Awards-style, red-carpet welcome. Hashable and Verizon Wireless provided large photo back-drops for photographers and videographers to snap pictures and interview micro-celebrities. As attendees filtered into the theater, they were greeted with a cocktail and a lobby full of corporate sponsors including multiple hot mobile startups like Hashable, locaii, Scoutmob, Zaarly, One, and Calyp.

The evening started with John Keehler of Dallas-based Click Here, followed by 19-year-old Cory Levy of San Francisco-based startup One, Inc. Next was Bill Boebel of Rackspace and then Mike Yavonditte, CEO and founder of NYC-based Hashable. And finally, Gary Vaynerchuk took the stage as the 500-strong crowd whistled and cheered. His address blew us all away. Most notable to me, was his discussion about the tectonic shift in how we relate to each other on the internet, saying “As our culture is going increasingly more ‘Jetsons’, we are going to have to get more ‘Flintstones.'”

As the crowd left the venue, Gary signed each and every book that attendees received with registration to the event. It was A LOT of books, as some had paid for 5+ copies; it showed Gary’s dedication to his fans.  The night ended with an after-party sponsored by Dallas-based locaii, Inc. (a mobile location-based social forum/conversation application) where it was reported Mark Cuban showed up after the Mavericks clinched their appearance in the 2011 NBA Finals!

“Gary Vee in Big D!” was created by me, Eric VanderSchaaf (@ericvs), and Ryne Deboer (@rynedb). We started on March 25th, just 90 days before the event and would not have been able to do this without the “Awesome Local Partner Organizations.”  Thank you guys/gals!

– By Eric VanderSchaaf