I learned a difficult lesson last week in Las Vegas. Just because you watched the movie 21, definitely does not make you any good at Blackjack. Who knew that splitting a pair of Aces was a bad idea or doubling up on 11 was going to put you into bankruptcy? Gambling was not good to Terry to say the least, thankfully Nick and I had a busy schedule with conferences and meetings, so our time spent in the casino was minimal.
Our primary reason for being in Vegas was the awesome Affiliate Summit West 2011 conference. It was our first time attending the conference, and it turned out to be one of the best we have ever gone to. The attendance levels were tremendous, with there being just a few shy of 5,000 people there, and there were some amazing exhibitors that we were able to speak to, many of which we opened discussions with to bring additional services to VPS.NET customers. Over the next few weeks, everyone should see a few new added perks inside the VPS.NET control panel.
Along with attending the Affiliate Summit conference, VPS.NET also sponsored the text messaging wall at the official party for the conference, AffiliateBall, which was one heckuva with a live performance from Three 6 Mafia. Customers who notified us that they were coming, were given access to the VPS.NET VIP booth, and entertainment from Nick and myself. Judging by the tweets that were made that night, I think they had fun.
I was able to get out to explore the city a bit; below are some pictures from our time spent in Vegas that everyone might enjoy.
It appears we meet again newsletter! Luckily for you, readership rates are up, and unsubscribe rates are down. This means that the boss is happy, and Terry is able to keep his job for at least another week. Hopefully you guys keep reading, and don’t unsubscribe, otherwise I could be in some serious trouble!
All work and no play makes you a dull boy. That’s why we’ve setup a VPS.NET fantasy football league at Yahoo. There are no prizes other than bragging rights, and it’s purely for fun. Nick and I are both big into the NFL, so we’re definitely going to be talking some serious smack talk through Twitter the entire season. I hope to see some of y’all join in with us!
I thought it’d be fun to go over some statistics, and fill you in on the work load our guys have. I’ve honestly never seen a support team as dedicated and as hard working as the one we have now. This week alone they handled over 500 support tickets, while averaging a response time just a shy over 15 minutes and an overall resolution time below 1 hour.
The 2010 VPS.NET summer conference tour is nearing an end. This week Nick and Ditlev attended DrupalCon in Copenhagen, Denmark, where we were a leading sponsor. From the pictures, and messages I’ve received, it appears to have been a great success and extremely fun time. Not worry - if you haven’t had a chance to meet up with us yet, we’ll be at cPanelConf in Houston, Texas October 4th-6th. I was also told just yesterday that we’ll be at DrupalCon Chicago March 7th-10th 2011. Chicago is in my top 5 favorite cities list, so you definitely don’t want to miss it!
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Thankfully Nick has finally finished up the VPS.NET 2010 Summer Tour Schedule, and I'm pleased to announce it to all of you!
HostingCon - Austin, Texas, United States
July 19th - 21st - http://www.hostingcon.com
Ditlev, Nick and I will all be attending HostingCon, which is the premier conference for the hosting services industry. This year will be the 6th HostingCon held, and is projected to have over 1,500 attendees, and more than 120 exhibitors (don't worry, we'll be the coolest!). We're not only going to be exhibiting at HostingCon, but we also have a few special events planned, and I expect there will be a few impromptu outings as well. Texas is Nick's home state, so I can't even begin to imagine what sort of fun we'll be having. It's not too late to register; hear there's a few rooms still open at the hotels, and my schedule is still completely free and clear!
cPanel Conference - Houston, Texas, United States
October 4th - 6th - http://www.cpanel.net
cPanel is undoubtedly the leading control panel for web hosting, and their conference last year was a huge success. We'll be there representing VPS.NET, learning about future developments from cPanel, and how to maximize all of it's value. I don't want to steal anymore of cPanel's thunder, especially since they haven't even announced the dates the conference (... and I just did!), but I hear VPS.NET will be doing it BIG there!
Of course, Nick and I are always out and about looking for something to do in our respective areas. Nick's in London, UK at the UK2Group office. I'm located offsite in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. If you're in the area of either us, get in touch. We'll find a way to meet up with you.
Nick Nelson, Managing Director
Email: Nick (at) vps.net
Terry Myers, Chief Evangelist
Email: Terry (at) vps.net