What I learned in Vegas…and CES

  • There is something special about the air in Vegas—it sucks you dry during the day, makes you hungry all the time, mysteriously leeches dollars from your credit card, and it…makes you always late
  • Booth babes…very occasionally can speak proficiently about the product they are promoting
  • There is always a way to get great seats at a sold out show
  • It will take an hour to get anywhere in Vegas. Never have back-to-back meetings
  • Don’t rely on mobile reception for anything during CES
  • The wireless at the Venetian (even in the lobby) is the worst thing ever, but there’s no way you can talk out of the “resort fee” they charge to your room
  • Eat at Bouchon for breakfast. As often as possible.
  • The fullness you have after a buffet only lasts three hours even though you think that you stuffed yourself for about a week
  • Always bet on black
  • Take an airport shuttle. The executive shuttle is $6 while every other shuttle is $7.
  • Leave for the Las Vegas airport about 90 minutes before your domestic flight or else you’re going to waste a lot of time at the gate
  • Even if it’s convenient, there’s a $3 surcharge for credit/ATM card in all Vegas cabs
  • Expect excellent service at all the restaurants
  • Thinner is the standard trend at CES
  • Schwag is not the trend at CES
  • Always enter every prize drawing.
  • It will take at least an investment of 10 minutes at a booth to get to know the product. Don’t waste your time if you’re not interested.
  • Always say yes
  • Be selective of your time with home theater experiences—they’re always not that great
  • CES is focused more on hardware than software. So it’s unlikely that you’ll run into great software on the floor
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Walk on the carpet of booths as much as possible to give your feet a rest
  • Take off your lanyard once you leave CES. The rest of Vegas despises CES attendees since it brings down the general business
  • There is a Zombie Apocalypse Store off the strip. Go.
  • Make reservations for dinners. It’s impossible to walk in unless it’s casual dining.
  • Big hotel rooms are meant for sharing
  • Bring your phone charger with you and try to charge your phone as much as possible
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