When your #squadgoals just went through the roof

Do you ever feel like you are a little too isolated in your work? You'd like someone who knows when to tell you "that's a great idea!" or maybe even more helpful, "that's a terrible idea!" We love the freedom we have working from home and being our own bosses, but sometimes we wish for a knowledgeable pal or co-worker to keep us going.

Stylish business partners Melanie and Alma first met in the hall at Alt Summit. They realized pretty quickly that it was meant to be: life is short, and they shouldn't waste any more time not collaborating. Since then they've launched and run both a successful online print shop and an adorably whimsical sock company (which you may remember from last summer's Alt, when they invited us to jump on the bed in our stocking feet!)

Alt Summit is the perfect place to find a business bestie (or two) because of the completely collaborative tone of the conference. It's not a competition or a chance to boast, it's all about learning from each other, helping each other and cheering each other on. As Alma says, "Melanie and I have always believed in collaboration over competition. We were able to improve on another's ideas, boost one another's confidence, and help one another to grow."

And if you already have a business bestie? There are lots of other reasons to come to Alt Summit. Come to learn new skills. Come to land a book deal. Come for the world-class keynotes:

MARTHA STEWART • JESSICA ALBA • BEN SILBERMANN • CHRISTIE TURLINGTON BURNS •  LUVVIE AJAYI • SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR • GARANCE DORE • JUSTINA BLAKELEY • GRACE BONNEY • MAXWELL RYAN • STEFAN SAGMEISTER • DALLAS CLAYTON • JOY CHO • LISA CONGDON • ELLE LUNA • TRACEY STEWART • PILAR GUZMAN • JIHAN ZENCIRLI • CHRIS ANDERSON • JORDAN FERNEY • DJ SPOOKY • RACHEL FAUCETT • BRI EMERY • DANIELLE KRYSA • RACHEL RYLE • MARIAM NAFICY • CHRISTIANE LEMIEUX • HEATHER ARMSTRONG • SUSAN PETERSEN • JESS LEE • DJ EARWORM • KAREN WALROND • ALISON FAULKNER • ERIK NATZKE

Celebrities, CEOs, Designers, the Editors in Chief of major publications and websites. And those are just the keynotes. At every Alt Summit, there are right around 100 speakers. Each one vetted for excellent teaching and presentation skills. They come ready to share all the secrets they’ve learned in this ever changing new media landscape.

And the best part? The speakers don’t hide in their rooms. You can actually meet them. Connect with them. Hang out with them. The keynote speakers too. When Jessica Alba came to Alt Summit, she spent the day in one-on-one meetings with Alt attendees. When Stefan Sagmeister came, he joined the dance party.

Want to meet some of the coolest, most interesting, most inspiring people on earth? Then get ready to get registered this Thursday. Tickets are going to go fast and you don’t want to miss out.