Rumor: Supercomm Is Dead

The 2010 Supercomm, slated for the week of Oct. 25 in Chicago, is being canceled, a source from a would-be exhibitor tells Light Reading.

An official announcement from the Supercomm organizers should be coming out soon, the source adds.

The death of Supercomm wouldn't be a huge surprise, given the industry's waning interest. The source notes that show officials haven't even released attendance figures for Supercomm 2009. (See Supercomm Reborn!, Supercomm 2009 Delayed Until October, Supercomm Faces the Music, 10 Reasons to Attend Supercomm, and How to Save Supercomm.)

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:43:11 PM
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So what will USTelecom do as a strategic response?

Bring back NXTComm? 


How 'bout Telecom '04? That was actually a very good show and I wouldn't mind seeing it again. 

Oh, right. The name. Dang it.


Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:43:10 PM
re: Rumor: Supercomm Is Dead Supercomm sucks almost as much as the USTA, a bunch of congress-gobbling lobbyist idiots. there, I said it. I can say things like that now. I feel so liberated.
Stevery 12/5/2012 | 4:43:09 PM
re: Rumor: Supercomm Is Dead

there, I said it. I can say things like that now.

Scott, Why were you unable before?

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 4:43:09 PM
re: Rumor: Supercomm Is Dead

Which conference is next to die?

Sorry for reposting, but what I said back in October is still true:

Travel and hotel costs keep dropping, so I'd rather send a team to travel directly to a client (or potential client), where they will get some concentrated attention, rather than pay insane amounts of $$ per sq ft, $$ per union shipping, and nickles+dimes for even putting out bottled water.

I still can't figure out if conf organizers don't know their competition or are just bad at competing.


Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:43:08 PM
re: Rumor: Supercomm Is Dead

>Scott, Why were you unable before?


Because I used to be part of the Telecom Industrial Complex, and I had to be careful for political reasons.

I'm now independent, so it doesn't matter. Unless of course the USTA wants to advertise. (www.raynoreport.com).


^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:43:07 PM
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Scott, I am a bit confused.  You state that you were once part of the Telecom Industrial Complex and that now you are independent.

Can you clarify?  Seems to me you still work for LR as you still have the "LR" logo on your name when you post in the comments section.... LR which is owned by a large corporation that is still very much part of the Telecom "complex" as it is one of the major advertising venues for companies in the space.  

 Also would be curious to understand the relationship between your work on the raynoreport and your work for LR.  Seems like Raynoreport offer's investment advice and LR gets access to information that is earlier than the average joe gets it......pretty sweet ....are you still a full time staff person for LR? Or are you now actually fully independent and no longer on the editorial staff of LR?

as a person who's other endeavor is to sell investment advice, I would be curious about the editorial divide between the two efforts.  Should we now take your LR / HR work with more skepticism since you now have this other agenda to sell investment advice?  

By the way, I don't begrudge you the chance to earn $ selling investment advice.  Wish you the best of luck there.  Somebody needs to be doing that digging for good information for investors regards new tech trends and investments and you are pretty good at digging stuff out.  So kudo's on your endeavor.  

But what about conflict of interest here?  maybe you should put a disclaimer or disclosure on all your posts and articles and editorial work for LR?

I was also a bit confused about the Raynoreport in one other way.  Is it an investment advice site? or a political discourse blog?  couldn't be sure with all the "Palin" and "G7" stuff on it.  Not that I didn't enjoy the read.  I did.  Just not clear what the intent of the site is.

Just looking for some clarification.  Inquiring readers would like to know.


Stevery 12/5/2012 | 4:43:05 PM
re: Rumor: Supercomm Is Dead

Thanks for the info Scott.  I liked your commentary here and will follow you at the new site when I can.

(But penny stocks?  Really?  An analysis of the manner in which they trade might be the right first pub.)

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:43:05 PM
re: Rumor: Supercomm Is Dead


I no longer work for Light Reading. I still am a contributor from time-to-time. I am therefore, still a member of the Light Reading "community," though I am no longer an employee.

I am the editor and publisher of the Rayno Report (www.raynoreport.com), yes. I would not characterize it as "advice," but as "News and Analysis on Global Investment and Technology Trends."

And yes, with decades of experience in the business I am aware of the conflicts of interest that can crop up at the intersection of investing and analysis. That's why, whenever I am involved in an investment, I disclose it in the post that pertains to the company.

Hope that answers all your questions.


Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:43:04 PM
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LOL. I hear you. Just ONE penny stock. Actually it's $1. So it's a $1 stock. But this is just but one TINY portion of the content, and I do not plan to make penny stocks a regular thing. It's countered by the wonderful feature on Blue Chip technology stocks.

As for Sarah Palin, I just had to have at it. It was too easy to be entertained. Given that politics and investment markets are so intertwined these days, I reserve the right to unload on politics at any time.

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 4:43:03 PM
re: Rumor: Supercomm Is Dead

The TIA is already talking up that it might start a show to fill the void of Supercomm. What would you guys recommend?

First recommendation:  Prove there is a void.

I'm not trying to be snarky.  There is a reason why its financials are melting down -- it just doesn't make business sense.

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