Please understand that I was never staff at DashCon, only a volunteer, panelist, and attendee so any questions tied to things like the Behind the Scenes of DashCon’s running and the like I can only give my best speculated answers on based on what I know and observe.
As far as I am aware, and I will say this with somewhat certainty. NO there were no salaries paid out for DashCon. From what I know from personal discussions with Megg and Cain of how the con left them, I can say that rumor is absolutely baseless.
I suppose the closest thing to a “salary” that any of the staff drew was that their rooms were comped for the convention (similar to what was done for Baker Street Babes and other guests staying at the hotel), but when everything went down on Friday, people with comped rooms were getting locked out left and right, which was causing an obscene deal of stress outside the operations office, so I’d not exactly say this was the best benefit.
The funds for Emoti-Con were NOT drawn from DashCon. I will say that once and for all. Most of the initial starting cash came out of pocket from Megg and Cain, and from there ticket sales.
The big misconception, I’ve learned, is that people believe DashCon made hundreds of thousands of dollars. Megg and Cain had, and still do have, every intention of paying back their creditors in full, but (again, from what I’ve gleaned) they found the assets of DashCon were greatly misrepresented to them.
I’ve done my best to get as much information about the situation as possible from Megg, as I wanted to know what I was signing on for before joining Emoti-Con in a professional capacity, and Megg was incredibly helpful and tried to tell me as much as she could. However the dissolution of DashCon is currently tied up in a bunch of legal red tape and she could disclose very little to me.
What I do know is this. The only real thing that we have from DashCon was the convention time and venue. The reason for this is such: when it became clear to Megg and Cain that DashCon was going to be dissolved, they were left with the fact that they had already made a deposit (and this was before the two big DashCon debacles) on the ICC and had a contract with them. As Megg mentioned in her post here, cancelling the contracts would have resulted in a $120,000 fine. Instead they chose to bite the bullet and utilize the venue for another convention, in an attempt to make up for the failings of DashCon and put on the convention that they wanted DashCon to be.
That is why I joined. From what I’ve seen, Megg and Cain have done a great deal to make sure that things don’t go the way DashCon did. My biggest observations from when I was working volunteer at DashCon was that A) there was little to no internal communication between staff and B) the individual duties of each admin were all over the place and no one seemed to know who had what responsibility.
I think one thing that screwed Megg and Cain over as owners was, from what I saw, they were unaware of what financially and contractually was going on in their own company. That is something that they should not have done. The two of them shared a 50% stake and they were completely ignorant of what was going on. They trusted Roxanne, the other 50% co-owner and Business Manager, to handle things for them. And since I barely saw Roxanne in the convention and most of the cluster-fucks that happened were financial or contractual, I think she needs to own up to her own failings.
I am not saying that Megg or Cain are completely blameless here. However, the internet has seen fit to call for their heads, regardless of anything they do to explain or rectify the situation.
Anyway, I can tell you now Emoti-Con is being run very differently. There is communication about everything. Everyone is kept up to speed and working together to get what needs to be done, done. Furthermore, we all have set responsibilities within the organization which allows us to work more efficiently and make sure the correct person is handling each task. We’ve all been pretty thoroughly vetted, and were not brought on simply because “we wanted to help out,” which has been arguably the most reassuring thing out of the entire process.
So to answer your final question: We are doing this because we want to put on a con. I personally had a good time at DashCon, and know that had the two major incidents not occured, DashCon would have been a pretty good success. I wanted to do this to make a con that was everything DashCon should have been, because as an attendee I saw the potential it had.
As I mentioned above we have not used anything from DashCon except for the convention center, and we certainly haven’t used any funds or other assets from there. Megg and Cain almost definitely didn’t draw a salary, and fronted the initial funds for the con.
And what most people seem to forget is that a lot of the staff were volunteers and panelists at DashCon too. I haven’t been reimbursed. DashCon owes me nearly $600, between Room, Badge, and Donation. However, I realize that Megg and Cain are doing their best to get everyone what they’re owed even if it’s not the full amount, and I am PATIENT. I certainly want to be reimbursed, but I know that there are a lot of mitigating factors that are holding it up, and know for a FACT that Megg and Cain aren’t somehow riding high on the millions of dollars people seem to think they stole from DashCon.
Anyway, I hope this answered your questions, it was long, rambly, and overly-thorough, but I wanted to air out as much as I can. If I didn’t answer anything to your satisfaction or I raised more questions, do not hesitate to ask.