When he’s not cooking up new collaborative event software at Social Tables, CEO Dan Berger spends his time keeping up with technology news and dreaming up big ideas. In this episode, Dan talks with Rebecca about the freedom of empty venue spaces, simplifying collaboration with technology, and the future possibility of robots in the event space.
- What “design” really means and the impact it has on events
- Gearing general sessions towards community, rather than “Wow!” factor
- How artificial intelligence is beginning to play a role in the events industry
- Using data to intelligently improve your client experience
- 2017: the year of comfort
Mentioned in this podcast:
MPI – Meeting Professionals International
PCMA – Professional Convention Management Association
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
As the Founder and CEO of the hospitality software company Social Tables, Dan has been described as a “relentless and focused entrepreneur” and recognized 40 Under 40 in the meetings industry by Collaborate Magazine and Connect Meetings, Event Innovator by BizBash, and named to Successful Meetings Magazine’s “Most Influential” list.
Dan’s technology career started at a young age, first at a digital agency where he worked with clients such as MTV Networks and Glaxosmithkline and then through his web consultancy. After graduating from New York City’s Hunter College in 2004, he became a Special Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was described as “bright, energetic and hard-working” by the Congressman he served.
Parallel to this role, Dan ran a 15,000 member association where he organized 30 special events per year. He got his MBA from Georgetown in 2010, did a short stint as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, and started Social Tables in 2011.
Social Tables has raised $10 MM in venture capital (Bessemer, Thayer, 500 Startups, Fortify) and has 3,000 customers, including Hyatt Hotels, The Venetian-Palazzo, Goldman Sachs, Live Nation, Harvard, and The State Department. The company has 65 employees and is headquartered in Washington, DC’s Chinatown.
The company has won numerous industry awards, including Best Industry Innovation from ISES, an Honorable Mention from EIBTM, and People’s Choice Award from Canadian Special Events.