If you were not able to make it to Chicago this year, we decided to give everyone a Sage Summit 2016 recap. So many good topics were discussed and great booths to visit on the floor that no one should miss it. Read on below for our Sage Summit 2016 recap.
Sage Summit 2016 was held in Chicago at McCormick Place. This massive venue in downtown Chicago could hold tens of thousands of guests, with a huge stage for the keynote speakers, rows and rows of booths for vendors on the floor and tons of room for multiple breakout sessions. The point of holding it in such a large venue was to accommodate the expected 20,000 attendees, however, there didn’t seem to be that in attendance. There was an option to attend online, which may have gained more traction.
The theme for Sage Summit 2016 was “Ignite Your Passion” and, on day one, Richard Branson, Founder and CEO of Virgin responded to that theme with some great advice. The keynote speaker was on stage in “interview” style, taking questions from the Sage crew. The take away advice from Branson? Screw it, just get on with it and do it. More aptly put, stop worrying about all the possibilities and follow your passion.
On Tuesday night, we took some of our customers out on the town in Chicago. We started at Second City, a legendary comedy club that jump started careers for Jim Belushi, Amy Poehler, Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers, and many others. After gaining an appetite from non-stop laughter, we headed over to Old Town Pour House for appetizers and Chicago’s largest selection of beers – 90 on tap!
On day two, keynote speakers Robert Herjavec and Daymond John kept the great advice going. These two “sharks” from the hit ABC show Shark Tank talked about making it all the way to the top from the very bottom. Both built their companies starting out with almost nothing. The take away from their talk was that you can do anything when you truly can’t take your current situation anymore. Herjavec explained it as almost a wakeup call, he knew he didn’t want to be where he was anymore so he took control and changed his life.
On the show floor there were tons of great vendors, including Anytime Collect by e2b teknologies. We met a lot of great business owners, CFO’s, controllers and accountants. Our Anytime Collect software, an automated accounts receivable application, automatically sends out an invoice to customers where they can then follow a link to use a specialized customer payment portal to pay their bill online via credit card or ACH, as well as many other great features.
It has yet to be announced where Sage Summit 2017 will be, but we are already looking forward to it. Hope to see you all there next year!