Thursday AM: Has MIPIM changed over the 9 years that I have been attending (which incidentally equates to only 36% of MIPIMs in Cannes)? It is definitely recovering from the slump in 2009 to 2012. Numbers seem to be on the up again, from last year, but it still remains very focused with the right people attending. Back in 2006 or 2007 I met and talked to many developers and clients in the bars (where incidentally most of the connections still come from) and I remember thinking these would be great connections only to find out that some of them had won their attendance as a prize for ‘young employee of the year’ and such like. Decision making power, none. Knowledge of future projects, none. Knowledge of current projects, very little. Where the slump has been terrible for the organisers, it has had upsides for me; other than the more manageable queues at the bar, people you meet are ‘good connections’ and not the ‘prize-winner’ for the tidiest desk in the office.
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