More than 100 people showed up at last night’s party. What a night. I’ll wait for the blogs to be written. Thanks to Steve Broback for the magic. We sold a bunch of books, thanks to everyone who bought one, and Jessica Smith’s food was just awesome. We’re uploading photos now. Brandon Paddock said the launch party was “fantastic.” Thanks Brandon, it was great because of the people who showed up. A few CEOs. At least one VC. Journalists from Associated Press and Seattle PI (and that’s if you don’t count all the various bloggers).
And, yes, we owe it all to Buzz Bruggeman. And John and Alison Dillow. They were awesome as hosts. We have tons of pictures up on our Flickr feed. Their house was a major hit with everyone, not to mention their gracious and warm presence. And the sponsorship of Perkins Coie (the law firm that John Dillow works for) was greatly appreciated (they paid for all the food, the coffee bar, and the wine and beer, among other things).
Thanks so much to Shel and Paula Israel. Hope I didn’t embarrass Paula too much. Shel and I got in front of the crowd and told how we decided to write the book together (Andy Ruff, a PM on MSFT’s Entourage team, and Buzz Bruggeman, sat us down at dinner and told us we should write a book together).
Oh, and you gotta check out Chris Pirillo’s review of Naked Conversations! That got Maryam and I to crack up! Thankfully the video ends just in time.
John Tokash says the book is available in Redwood City now too. There were a few Amazon employees at the party tonight and they said they were working hard to get all the books into customers’ hands and that they are sorry for any troubles people have had.
More reports on the party:
Mike Torres. (He has a book coming out about blogging with MSN Spaces, that’s cool!)
Steve Lacey. “Wow. What a house.”
Kintan Brahmbhatt has a picture of him with us.
The RSS team showed up too.
Blog Business Summit’s DL Byron. “Speaking for the wives, the quote of the night was from Maryam Scoble who said, “The book is all about naked conversations and doesn’t mention Paula (Shel’s wife) or me!””
Charlie Owen: Things I Learned at the Naked Conversations Launch Party.
Julie Leung: links to lots of the people who were there.
Jack William Bell: Says we chose the title to help with search engine optimization. Heheh!
Anita Rowland: Recent cancer survivor, it was really great to see her and hear her treatment had gone well.
Lauri Sandquist: inspired to start her blog back up, has nice report.
Lora Heiny. Notes there was a bit of geekiness there.
Vikram Dendi. Talked about the Dillow’s home and tour of such.
Mitch Ratcliffe on ZDNet (congrats on the new job!): Naked Conversations is a great book for anyone wrestling with what blogging will do for (or against) their business.
Update: we’re on top of Memeorandum/Tech right now.
I’ll post more here as they come in.