For the past year or so, Scott Cate of MyKB.com (also the local head of the .NET user group), Matt Birmingham of New Amsterdam Consulting and I have been meeting every Wednesday at a local Chipotle for lunch. We talk about the tech industry, how we can improve our businesses and the latest cool stuff we've been working on. Last week, Scott got the idea of sending an open invite to the Phoenix .NET User Group and I'm glad he did. It always feels like there aren't many tech companies in Arizona or that they're not doing anything exciting. We sort of feel like loners, especially when all the action seems to be in Silicon Valley. But the reality is that there's tons of cool stuff going on right here in Phoenix. Today I got to meet Robert Anderson, President of AspDotNetStoreFront.com (who makes a great ASP.NET based ecommerce solution) and a few of the guys from Integrum Technologies, a consulting group dedicated to Ruby on Rails. Pretty cool people. I'm looking forward to getting more stuff going locally.