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GigaOm Says: Thanks For Wanting To Speak, How About Paying Us Instead?

GigaOm’s Structure ’09 “Putting Cloud Computing to Work” conference sounded really good. I thought I’d submit a response to their CFP with a perspective on Cloud Security that I’m pretty sure would be unique.

I was excited when I saw a response from GigaOm’s Surj Patel titled: GigaOM’s Structure 09: Speaker Application Status

I was slightly less excited when I read the contents of the email which you can see by clicking on the image below to expand it:

SPI Stack Security

I loved this.  “We ask you to consider engaging our audience not by speaking but via sponsorship.”

So while my talk doesn’t satisfy their requirements, cash does.  Yup, that’s adding value alright.  I don’t mind not meeting their speaking requirements, but slapping me in the face with this kiss-off is insulting.

Bite me.


  1. April 30th, 2009 at 07:34 | #1

    Hi Christofer. I came upon your post today and it made me chuckle. I was just wondering if you plan on going to Interop next month? I will be video blogging from the exhibit floor starting May 17 and would love to interview you about topics that you might want to share with the Cisco community such as IPv6 security, virtualization of the data center, and any other subjects of interest. And hey, we won't charge you for the interview. Cross my heart.

    Jennifer Geisler, Manager of Network Systems Networking and Switching for Cisco.

  2. April 30th, 2009 at 10:57 | #2

    Come on, Speaking Applicant, cough up the green! Let's not be ungrateful AND unworthy! Call Mr. Sly and speak with him about his package, er, packages.

  3. April 30th, 2009 at 12:05 | #3

    @Jennifer Geisler

    I am trying to get out to Interop…it's a funding issue at the moment. 😉

    I am currently on a self-imposed "sabbatical," and as such, conferences that are not paid for don't happen.


  4. April 30th, 2009 at 12:17 | #4


    Displays funny for me, let's see if this nice box will let me paste a screen shot, if not, toss me an email and I will mail it to you.

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