Sometimes it's best to stand back and reflect/learn more before you speak or write. The last part of my HIMSS posting is an example of that. Thankfully, Richard Scarfo, VP of Events and Director of the HIMSS mHealth Summit, read my post and contacted me after the conference. The Startup Showcase I criticized was the idea of his team at HIMSS. In the past HIMSS regularly featured startups at the mHealth Summit. Richard now runs the Venture+ forum at HIMSS on Sunday which has taken place for the past 7 years. The growth of the Venture+ Forum (spurred by the obvious growth in HIT entrepreneurial activity in the past few years) led to the idea of showcasing startups on the floor of the big HIMSS meeting this year for the first time. Given the demand (1,300 companies exhibited) an ideal space just wasn't available so HIMSS did the best it could. Despite that, the startups report good success and HIMSS plans something larger and more prominent next year.
I appreciate Richard reaching out and educating me and I promise to think twice next time!