Where should I start? The guy who sleeps for 12 hours a day couldn’t sleep even for 3 hours. Lots of excitement and, what I think it is, adrenaline rush. Let me start with this: If you are a gamer you get to see your Gods’ at GDC.
Since, I went to GDC representing Aarki, I didn’t get to see everything. There were talks, workshops, demos, hiring booths, etc. I was pretty much at my booth all the time except a few hours. Anyways, it all started on Tuesday Mar 6. I had to wake up very early morning to be in the office by 9:30am (you know that’s early for me. So, moving on). A few colleagues and I went to GDC in the morning to setup the booth and see if anything’s missing or not planned. We took a few monitors, ipads, android tablet, lots of cables, pens, table cloths, etc. One of the monitors is mine to support HDMI mirroring on Xoom tablet. Anyways, I don’t want to get too techy.
After the initial setup, we went to one of our client’s office. It is a game publisher and we discussed why they should integrate with Aarki. First, my sales manager, Fred, pitched. Then, for technical questions, I butted in. After the meeting, we went to IGDA event. As we were one of the sponsors, we had a booth or a better term here, table. As I became the unofficial exhibitor setup engineer for Aarki, I go to these events, setup the monitors and other devices, and start pitching for the company. I went to Yetizen, IGDA and GDC events so far. We still have a few Yetizen and IGDA events in the future. For this IGDA event, all my colleagues came and some of them saw me pitching for the first time. They were joking around that I should move to the sales team. My boss Levon, who was slightly drunk, hugged me and said, “Please do not go to sales team. We already lost Narek (a colleague), we do not want to lose you too.” The next day, I told my boss, “Waking up at 6:30 made me realize that I can never be a sales guy”. All this happened before the GDC Expo.
So, the next day the real GDC booth exhibitions start. This is Wednesday, Mar 7. My sales manager and I went early to setup the booth. People slowly started appearing at the booth. Saw a few familiar faces. Some of them were shocked to know that I am a software engineer. They thought I’m a sales guy. I said, “I’m a software engineer” and showed the GDC pass. These were the most funny moments at GDC for me. Apart from the general pitching, attended the other booths in the break time. Too much excitement all the time. In the evening, we all went to Zynga, Funzio and Yetizen parties. Yetizen party was epic but I didn’t enjoy much. Too tired. Later, went home and slept peacefully.
After 3 hours, woke up and couldn’t sleep again. My heart started racing as soon as I woke up, got ready and went to SF (2 hours journey in train) by 8:30am. Had to go early to setup the booth little bit. On the second day, the pitching continued. Anyone who doesn’t stop by at our booth, I stop them and ask if they want to know about Aarki. This actually helped me to get a client, my first client. He was excited about what we do. This was the best thing of that day. Also, other engineers in the company visited. They didn’t attend the first day. In the evening, there were parties but I went home for a good sound sleep and slept for 10 hours.
On the last day, Friday, nothing much happened as the expo was only till 1pm. I again went in early to setup the booth. Today, many students showed up as GDC made a free entry to students. So, the recruiting companies were happy. Most of them came to grab cool stuff at the booth and to drop their resumes. After the end of the third day, we went to Thai restaurant for lunch with Parature, the exhibitors across our booth. Then, went home and added people in LinkedIn, etc. During these three days, met a lot of new people, got to know new stuff about me!
Post-GDC, the best fun moment was, Levon’s friend, like others, thought I was a sales guy. This was shocking to me more than him. He told Levon in my presence to move me to the business side unless I am good at programming. And Levon said, “That’s the problem. He is good at coding too”. Levon dont’t know but his statement made my day :).
Note: I am going to upload a few GDC pics as a gallery later after designing my website. I am currently very busy at Aarki. Have been working on the same ticket for the last 2 months.