Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Former readers of Midnight Engineering magazine to gather in a month

One of the functions of the EntConnect 2008 Entrepreneurial Connections Conference that is coming up in exactly a month is to serve as a meet-up for former readers of Midnight Engineering magazine which was published by William E. Gates (Bill Gates, but not the Bill Gates of Microsoft infamy) back in the 1990's. Back before the Internet and the Web became a dominant media for entrepreneurs to communicate and exchange ideas, "The Magazine" was a monthly must-read for electrical engineers and software developers who were running their own small technology-based businesses or hoping to bootstrap such a business working on their own projects at night and on weekends as they slaved away at so-so day jobs until they were ready to strike out on their own.

In 1992 Bill held his first conference, ME SKI '92, up in Breckenridge, CO. A combination of skiing and a weekend of conference sessions, the idea was that "The Conference" would be like "The Magazine", but in real-time.

The Magazine has not been published in a number of years, but its spirit lives on in the form of the EntConnect Entrepreneurial Connections Conference held every year on the outskirts of Denver.

-- Jack Krupansky

4 Comments:

At 1:07 AM EDT , Anonymous Brian Lane said...

Jack,
What is Bill up to these days? He doesn't seem to have much of a web presence.

Midnight Engineering was an excellent magazine and I sill miss reading it every month.

 
At 12:44 AM EST , Blogger kan chun said...

yes, me too,
I am in Hong Kong and bought every issue of it whenever I saw it in the book store.
Couldn't wait to look for it every month and Bill did an incredible job for one man band.
Look forward to see his masterpiece again.

 
At 9:34 AM EST , Anonymous Randy Graves said...

Never missed a copy . . . it was a great magazine for entrepreneurs . . . there is a need more than ever for a similar magazine that should be digitally web based rather than hard copy. Entrepreneurship is on the rise due to the economic times.

 
At 1:03 AM EDT , Blogger Sam said...

Midnight engg was a wonderful mag and I miss it sorely. I wish someone could start it and continue the tradition

 

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