This week, I’ve been thinking about the Homebrew Computer Club, a computer hobbyist group formed in 1975. It’s where Apple shared their first circuit boards— just days after they signed the company into existence. As Walter Isaacson wrote:
“…it encapsulated the Whole Earth fusion between the counterculture and technology. It would become to the personal computer era something akin to what the Turk’s Head coffee house was to the age of Dr. Johnson, a place where ideas were exchanged and disseminated…”
When I read about groups like this, I can’t help but imagine what it must have been like to be there. Packed garages, hackers brimming with excitement, and hobbies on the verge of becoming companies. It’s like show and tell for grown ups. Homebrew gave hackers permission to gush about their passion projects— no small talk, just hobbyists sharing what they value, how they think, and what gets them excited.
I want to meet more people working on creative projects that energize them. I love what Nikhil Krishnan’s doing with his Get Smart series in NY, and the listening parties that Kathleen Warner’s hosting in SF. So, here’s what I’ll do.
Next Thursday evening (February 20th, 2020) from 7pm - 9pm PST, I’ll host POV #1: a small, digital dinner party for people working on their own creative projects. This is an open invitation for writers, animators, hackers, and anyone making something special. If you want to talk about your work— even if it’s early— with a small group of like-minded people, this is for you.
A few notes…
This will be a weekly series. If you can’t make it this week, let me know if you’d like to join the following week’s session.
Join anytime, for as long as you want. 7pm - 9pm PST is a window, not a start and end time.
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