I want to be an evangelist. That seems like a great job. Your job description goes something like "run around and talk about what great stuff you do." Sometimes you get to evangelize to big companies. Sometimes you get to evangelize to startups. And lots of the time, like me, you find yourself on the conference circuit, where there is critical mass of people to be evangelized.
Why this focus on evangelism? I was just looking at the list of panelists for the Under The Radar: Office 2.0 conference coming up next Friday and the first panelist listed is "Jeff Barr, Evangelist, Amazon Web Services." Jeff is a great guy -- needless to say, I've bumped into him at conferences. I similarly first got to know Robert Scoble on the conference circuit when he was still a tech evangelist and pontificating for a living. (But that's a big company thing. Now that he's at PodTech, he has to do some work for a living.) Perhaps the best known evangelist was Apple's Mac Evangelist, Guy Kawasaki. Now, best I can tell, Guy is an evangelist for Guy. But he's damn good at it.
In any event, if you are interested in meeting Jeff Barr and learning more about what's happening in the business services space, I would highly recommend attending Office 2.0. Great companies like Stikkit, Teqlo and Mashery will be presenting, as will some returning standouts like EchoSign and iUpload. Increasingly, independent web services are finding their way into small and large enterprises alike. This is clearly a trend that is going to accelerate over time. Office 2.0 is a great opportunity to hear three dozen companies talk about how they are attacking this space. If anyone is interested in attending, register HERE and save some money.
In the mean time, if anyone is looking for an evangelist, I've got the attending conferences part down.