Wednesday evening, legendary physicist-inventor-entrepreneur Carver Mead offered his annual conference-closing lecture. For several hours after Telecosm IX's thrilling conclusion, Dr. Mead sat on the hearth of the massive fireplace in the Squaw Creek lobby, sipping Cabernet and extending his superconductive remarks. The crackling blaze mere feet behind Dr. Mead could not compete with his candlepower.
" — Gilder Technology Report Editor, Bret Swanson
What past Gilder/Forbes Telecosm attendees are saying ...
"The opportunity of a lifetime
to meet in person and perhaps even sit down to lunch/chat with
the top executives in the world that are involved in changing
life as we know it ... "
Telecosm 2005 Attendee
"I think it's nearly impossible
to describe the “Telecosm experience” to someone who has never
attended the event. As has been the case with both Telecosms
I've attended, it takes some time for the value of the experience
to sink in. For me, Telecosm is an opportunity to learn about
impending changes and how these changes should affect my thinking."
Paul McWilliams, Editor, Next Inning Research &
a Telecosm 2005 Speaker
"For those of you who haven't had the chance to be
at Telecosm, you have missed something special. I'm still aglow
from Ray Kurzweil's presentation. We need big thinkers like
George Gilder, Carver Mead, and Ray Kurzweil. What a treat to
share in their dreams and visions!" Telecosm
"I just returned from George Gilder's 9th Annual
Telecosm conference, which featured Ray Kurzweil, author of
The Singularity is Near (2005), Chris Anderson of Wired
and The Long Tail, Steve Forbes of Forbes,
and numerous corporate and financial types. It was a firehose
of information, pumped through a two-day long pipe at jet speed."
Telecosm 2005 Attendee
"This was my second TELECOSM.
I am not an engineer and certainly no tech expert. I attend
to see where the industry is headed, to see coming trends, to
get more details on companies I have invested in because of
George Gilder and the Gilder Technology Report. Every
speaker, even Steve Forbes, is accessible and approachable.
The access to these industry leaders offered by the conference
is unique. That I can get one-on-one time with Ray Kurzweil,
David Malpass, or even George Gilder is amazing. [Gilder Editors]
Charlie Burger and Bret Swanson are always available for conversation
and questions." Telecosm
"Agree to disagree. That's
what a bunch of us did while hidden away in Lake Tahoe at George
Gilder and Forbes' annual Telecosm conference. I keynoted on
nanotech and then held court with Gilder and colleague Nick
Tredennick, the brilliant Ray Kurzweil and Intel's David Tennenhouse.
Rich Karlgaard kept the peace with some "mischievous"
provocation." Josh Wolfe,
Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Editor
"What a gorgeous place Squaw
Valley is… Just like a picture out of a book… and nice, cool
weather. The resort was great… ski lift and golf course was
right outside my window. Beautiful mountains with pine trees
all around… Definitely worth every penny I paid to attend. My
head is still swirling from all the information provided me.
A stimulating experience, to say the very least. A fantastic
line up of speakers and panel events "
Telecosm 2005 Attendee
"I attended the Gilder/Forbes
Telecosm 2005 conference this week. This is the third time I've
attended the conference in beautiful Squaw Creek, CA, and it
was great to see so many faces from the past and meet many new
ones. The conference is always thought provoking, full of very
smart thinkers, and chock full of interesting technology industry
nuggets. For me, the gathering allows me to quickly get up to
speed on the latest trends in the industry, while sparking new
lateral thinking about where things are headed. While the conference
is not investor-centric, this annual process certainly makes
me a better, more informed investor."
Telecosm 2005 Press/Media Attendee
"From the opening lecture
to the last talk, we were intellectually stimulated and imbedded
with George Gilder's optimism. I left relaxed and most of all,
optimistic towards the future. The optimism is contagious. My
wife and I will make the effort, if the logistics of child rearing
permit, to attend every Telecosm. As Telecosm attendees we look
through a portal to the future, thanks to George and staff,
and the future looks incredibly bright!!!!!"
Telecosm 2005 Attendee
"I'm at the George Gilder/Forbes
Telecosm Conference in Lake Tahoe, where last night, we heard
from Chris Anderson on his “Long Tail” theory and more from
Ray on the “Singularity.” They had a book signing in a pub that
made you feel like you should be skiing, not discussing the
latest developments in nanotechnology.
Authors who gave out their John Hancock included the following
visionaries: George Gilder, The Silicon Eye , Rich
Karlgaard, Life 2.0 , Andy Kessler, How We Got
Here & Wall Street Meat (what a fabulous
name), Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity is Near , and
Dave Mick, The Qualcomm Equation .
Even the most basic room has a
fireplace -- and there are views everywhere. Why don't we have
more technology conferences in serene and inspirational places
like this?" Telecosm 2005 Press/Media
"Seeing old friends and meeting new
ones is always a great part of Telecosm. It was no different
this year. Wednesday began with a bang as Steve Forbes delivered
a compelling survey of the world economy and a critique of economic
policy here at home. Three years in a row now, Mr. Forbes has
delivered home-run speeches full of personality and comedy—with
his usual incisive analysis—China, India, Europe, Social Security,
Telecom, Katrina, Money, Trade—he knows it all.
registered for the Telecosm conference the first moment that
I learned it was available to
Gilder Technology Report
subscribers ... I concur with the other attendees that
it was a great event. Probably the best event I have attended.
There was no one I met, either presenter
or attendee, that did not go out of their way to respond politely
and sincerely. This went a long way in furthering my education
on the issues that are discussed on the GTR forum ... " MK
"The material presented was fantastic. Some of the greatest minds
of our time. But equally as important, I took time to talk personally
with as many of the CEO's and other presenters as possible.
I asked them questions I had prior to the event and further
explanations of the things I heard them speak about...I will
be a big spokesman for Gilder publishing when the next conference
comes around. " MM
"I attended Telecosm last summer. My son who is and MIS
major particularly liked Bob Metcalfe. For me it was really
cool to meet Steve Forbes and John Rutledge. Steve will always
have my vote for president. I
had a chance to have a beer with Mr. [John] Rutledge at Bullwhackers
Pub and found his economic perspective fascinating." Gilder Subscriber