If you’ve been to New York City, you know its energetic pace, the bright lights, and the massive, seemingly 24-hour stage. It can be overwhelming to a rookie.

Inman Real Estate Connect New York City is not the largest industry trade show, nor does it have a free car giveaway. ICNY is a post-holiday season jump-start on the spring selling season. It’s awesome. Vendors roll out their shiny new upgrades, startups reveal their hopes and dreams, and industry experts will predict the future of 2014.

I’ve attended as an observer, representing an established company, and presented a groundbreaking startup from stage. I’ve seen a benefit to attending from most every angle. This year, I was asked to attend as an Inman ambassador. I’m honored for the opportunity.

While attending the event or viewing from afar, look for tweets, Facebook posts, live blogging and feedback from the 20 awesome ambassadors. I plan to report and discuss the direction of real estate as it relates to startups, technology and marketing from the ICNY expo, stage, lobby and hallways of the Grand Hyatt.

Join me in New York above Grand Central Station Jan. 15-17 and connect with innovators, startups, industry titans and celebrities for three days of thought-provoking awesomeness.

Big tip: The price goes up the longer you wait to RSVP. Get your ticket today before the next price jump.

Chris Drayer is the founder of FinchMktg and marketing director for FloorPlanOnline. He can be reached at Chris@FinchMktg.com or @FPO on Twitter.

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