Update: #NAMA2 Postponed

We regret to announce the postponement of #NAMA2, which as to be held next Friday (June 28th 2013), largely due to the monsoons that have hit Mumbai: we did not want to take the risk of the event being rained out: it wouldn’t have been fair to attendees who had paid to attend the event, to great speakers who have given us some of their valuable time (and agreed to subject themselves to our Q&A), and to sponsors who have supported us. We’re also taking a hit (financially) with the event being postponed (hotels, yeah), but in the interest of prudence for a bootstrapped venture, we suspect it could have been much worse if we went ahead with it right now. It hasn’t been an easy decision…the last three days were tough, and I’m thankful for the many people who offered their views before this decision was made.

We’re thankful to our confirmed speakers – Durga Raghunath, Neeraj Roy, Rajjat Barjatya, Surya Mantha and Rishi Jaitley for agreeing to participate, and we hope to have you there when we finally do this.

We set high standards for #NAMA and have been working very hard to bring an exceptional event to Mumbai, and it was particularly tough because the overall market is down, and finding sponsors is difficult when you don’t offer a speaker slot to a sponsor as a policy. In that context, we’re extremely thankful for the no-strings-attached-support offered to us by YouTube and The Ant Farm.

We’re also thankful to our partners in Explara and Sparklin, and the wonderful support offered to us by TiE Mumbai.

We also thank those who have confirmed participation at the event, and hope to meet them at a future event. A full refund will be made to everyone who has purchased tickets to NAMA2. Please contact Sarita Pacheco at sarita@medianama.com for details on how to get a refund.

In case you’re a vendor, please get in touch with Sarita@medianama.com for getting your dues cleared.

We will update once we have figured out when we can do #NAMA2 in Mumbai (it’s difficult…we tried in Jan and March this year without success. Space gets booked out much in advance).

I’m in Mumbai this week, the entire week, as planned, and with a little more free time than I had planned (and hoped) for. In case you want to meet to (despite the rain), I’m at nikhil@medianama.com

Thanks for your support,
Nikhil

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