Startupfest won’t have its annual tech conference event this summer. The news was confirmed by founder Phil Telio on Tuesday.
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“We’ve already cancelled upcoming regional events in San Francisco and London—and we’re taking a hard look at what July might bring. Most scientists agree that the epidemic will bring sweeping changes to everyday life, and we need to be prepared.
We are not currently expecting to run a large scale Startupfest July 15-17… But we want you to know that Startupfest, in some form, will happen this year. It may be virtual, or regional. While it would be far simpler to just postpone Startupfest, we have an obligation to help startups and founders survive the coming economic downturn.”
Within 24 hours, that message had changed.
While the news may be disappointing for some, it’s not surprising. Various governments and organizations around the world have already moved ahead to cancel large gatherings.