To the tunes of….

Those Were the Days, My Friend…. I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles…. and Seems like Old Times….

Rafat Ali’s Paid Content had its first mixer in New York tonight and it was wonderful news for him but, I fear, frightening news for the industry and economy. More than 500 people signed up and sold out the place in three hours. It was jammed with guys in nametags making pitches for their companies to anyone who would stand still and even those who would notIt .

Jane, stop this crazy thing.

It’s deja vu all over again.

Mr. Welk, turn off the damned bubble machine.

It was absolutely spectacular to see the the value, influence, and respect Rafat et al have built from the ground up, on their own. Bravo to them!

But watch out, guys. No party lasts forever.

Here’s a photo from the event. I swear that I did not (a) have a drop to drink, (b) piss of Nick Denton, or (c) goose Spencer Reiss. I just dislike those party photos.

  • Risk Taker

    Jeff,

    It was jammed with guys in nametags making pitches for their companies to anyone who would stand still and even those who would notIt

    YOU GOT IT ALL WRONG!!. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF HUNDRED PEOPLE IN THAT ROOM SMARTER, WISER AND REAL RISK TAKERS THAN MOST PEOPLE WILL EVER HAVE THE COURAGE OR ASPIRE TO BE.

    AND THEIR PUT THEIR SWEAT AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO MAKE THEIR VISION INTO A REALITY. I AM APPALLED THAT YOU WOULD MAKE SUCH RIDICULUS COMMENTS. AND YOU SAW THE NEXT GREAT THING GO BY YOU AND DID NOT EVEN NOTICE….SO MUCH FOR THE BUZZMACHINE.

  • http://www.thebrandbuilder.blogspot.com olivier blanchard

    How I missed this thing, I’ll never know. Was the food good?

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