What’s up #VidCon2016?

Day 1 of #VidCon2016: Amazing, exciting, and nothing at all what I expected.

The first few minutes of my first ever #VidCon2016 was unreal and honestly, a little overwhelming.  I was running around the Anaheim Convention Center taking in all of the excitement that was going on around me, while bumping into YouTube sensations at every corner.  (Brandon Bowen being the first)


Brandon Bowen and Carly hanging at #VidCon2016

VidCon filled this Convention Center with absolutely everything that you could possibly want to do.  Whether it be taking a risk and playing Truth or Dare with 5gum in front of all of VidCon, having a dance party with the crew or shooting a short film with one of your favorite Vine stars at the flipagram booth.  When I saw that they have it all, I mean it.

5 Gum Truth or Day stage, Adrian Gee, Gabe Erwin, Corey Scherer, Flipagram

5 Gum Truth or Day stage, Adrian Gee, Gabe Erwin, Corey Scherer, Flipagram

Not only do they fill this Convention Center with these amazing booths and different platforms but they fill this Convention Center with these unbelievable, driven, passionate young entrepreneurs.  I spent my first few hours at VidCon talking with Gabe Erwin, Adrian Gee, Keith Lucas and I didn’t even have to deal with thirteen-year-olds screaming and swarming around them like I expected.  But as they always say a picture says a 1,000 words so check out my first-day experience here at VidCon  and let me know what you think.

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Joshua Holz, the one who made “Damn Daniel” and Kenny Knox interviewing with Vine.

Instagram booth

Instagram booth

Gabe Erwin, Adrian Gee and I

Gabe Erwin, Adrian Gee and I



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About the Author: Heather Holst-Knudsen

Heather L Holst-Knudsen, a New York City area native and now resident of Sarasota, FL, is the CEO & Founder of KidBacker and HatchPad. A passionate entrepreneur, Heather has founded and led multiple business units for large organizations. She is founder and former President of Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, a B2B media platform that connects CXOs in manufacturing with senior level leaders in technology around the world. Manufacturing Enterprise Communications was sold to Frost & Sullivan in August 2012. Prior to Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, Heather was founder and President of Managing Automation Media and TechMatch Solutions, all divisions of Thomas Publishing Company in New York City. Heather is a trusted advisor to many top manufacturing and technology organizations including Cisco, AT&T, Google, SAP, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Ford, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and more. She has 25 years of B2B media experience, is a veteran digital media expert, and has been in a C-level leadership role for over 20 years. She has won multiple awards for innovation in media. Heather believes in and respects the imagination, creativity, and fearlessness that young business minds bring to the table and is passionate about unleashing their entrepreneurial skills and spirit so they can own their own destiny. Holst-Knudsen has an SBLL from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Heather also is Chairman of the Board and Founder of KidBacker Foundation for Entrepreneurship, a new 501c3 that will award seed grants and scholarships to young entrepreneurs to help fund their education and their businesses.

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