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MBP #17: Want to start a conference? Phil Taylor did it and had no idea what he was doing.

Phil TaylorWhat do you do if you think it would be fun if two hundred of your closest internet friends go together?

If you’re Phil Taylor, you throw a conference… despite having never done it before.

Then you do it again… and again. 🙂

FINCON went from 200-225 attendees the first year to about five hundred last year, to hopefully many many more in 2014. Learn how an event planning notice started a financial conference that is loved by all attendees (I challenge you to find me someone who did not like it).

And I really liked his answer to a question near the end on what he’d tell a younger version of himself just starting the conference.

What will you learn in this episode:

  • Why he started a financial blogger conference
  • How he engaged the community for input to help form and shape the conference
  • How he worked with search firms and planners to plan the event
  • How he decided on logistical support during the event
  • What he does to keep the “small conference” feel (despite having 500 attendees last year!)
  • How he fosters the community around Fincon
  • How to find conference sponsors, pricing tickets, sponsorships (especially niche conferences)
  • How to find speakers and presenters

Resources, links, random stuff we mentioned:

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In 2005, I founded a personal finance blog ( that became successful enough that I quit my career as a software developer in the defense industry. It is my goal to share everything I learned so that you can do the same - build an online business that let's you pursue your passion.

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