Getting Naked in Silicon Valley

At about 1 a.m. this morning I was sitting on Michael Arrington’s couch talking with the few people who were left over. Topic of conversation: “is this a bubble?”

Yes. Next question.

What kind of bubble is it?

Not an economic one. No one’s marketing budget was harmed in the creation of this event.

A hype one? Of course! But, then, it’s easy to get hype on a Saturday on a slow news week (the party is at the top of Memeorandum).

A photo bubble? Of course! Scott Beale has a bunch. Dave McClure has a show. Alex Moskalyuk; Dan Farber (good ones!); Renee Blodget (best captions I’ve seen so far); Jeremiah Owyang; On Flickr: techcrunch; techcrunch5; robertscoble; nakedconversations.
How about a social bubble? Well, you just gotta read Rick Segal’s Valley Observations to see that it was. Or check out all the blogging over on Michael Arrington’s post.

Is it a wine bubble? Yes! Jeff Clavier, wine snob (and VC), has the details. Thank you to Stormhoek for sending us the wine, and thank you to all the sponsors. By the way, Stormhoek is looking to sponsor 100 dinners, so you can get some wine for your own dinner!
Was it a salacious bubble? Well, when Valley Wag (the new geek’s tabloid screed)’s Nick Douglas came over I said “here’s something for Valleywag, I sleep with Maryam” and promptly planted a kiss on her (photo captured by Technorati’s David Sifry). It was one of the best kisses Maryam’s given me so far this year.

But, really, I met so many people I look up to. Jeffrey Veen, for instance, just sold his company to Google and dropped by our table. So did Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the mouse, among other things. Dave Winer.

Yes, Rafe Needleman, it is a sweet and rather innocent little bubble!

In case you didn’t get enough of us yet, Brian Oberkirch interviewed us this morning for his podcast.

Whew! Can I sleep yet? Nope, Maryam, Patrick, and Rick Segal are going to see Pink Panther, no matter what the reviews say.

I can’t thank everyone who made this possible, so won’t try. But thank you to everyone who came and make the evening a memeorable experience!

Oh, and to Michael Arrington, wow, I can’t repay you. We appreciate what you’ve done! It was really great meeting your dad. Speaking of dad’s, it was great to have my dad come to this party (and my son too!).
PS: regarding the “no pride” photo (those are Dave Winer’s words) here’s the backstory: Narenda Rocherolle was shooting a video for RocketBoom. Well, when RocketBoom asks you to take off your shirt, you do! At least I do. Heck, it was that kind of party, might as well give people something to talk about!

To the more than 100 people who bought a copy of our book last night, please do go to Amazon and write a little review! Yes, even if you don’t like it! After all, we wouldn’t want to be accused of starting a bubble now, would we? ;-)

37 thoughts on “Getting Naked in Silicon Valley

  1. Hey Robert, thank you for signing my “Naked Conversations” Friday night. I was the guy asking you about your strategy behind your blog. I am madly interested in the economic growth (and potential bubble) in the WEB2.0 space. I work at a brand name Investment bank and I had dreams all Saturday about chronicling the industry from a banker’s point of view. You know, mix in some econ and some market knowledge with what is growing in the Web2.0 realm. Do you think such a blog would catch people’s fancy? Thank you, RAM

  2. Hey Robert, thank you for signing my “Naked Conversations” Friday night. I was the guy asking you about your strategy behind your blog. I am madly interested in the economic growth (and potential bubble) in the WEB2.0 space. I work at a brand name Investment bank and I had dreams all Saturday about chronicling the industry from a banker’s point of view. You know, mix in some econ and some market knowledge with what is growing in the Web2.0 realm. Do you think such a blog would catch people’s fancy? Thank you, RAM

  3. Hey Robert, thank you for signing my “Naked Conversations” Friday night. I was the guy asking you about your strategy behind your blog. I am madly interested in the economic growth (and potential bubble) in the WEB2.0 space. I work at a brand name Investment bank and I had dreams all Saturday about chronicling the industry from a banker’s point of view. You know, mix in some econ and some market knowledge with what is growing in the Web2.0 realm. Do you think such a blog would catch people’s fancy? Thank you, RAM

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  6. Haha, sounds like a good time, too bad I couldn’t come out to Cali to make it.

    Robert, are you gonna be playing kickball again at SXSW? I think last year you played with no socks or shoes on…. what a trip!!

  7. Haha, sounds like a good time, too bad I couldn’t come out to Cali to make it.

    Robert, are you gonna be playing kickball again at SXSW? I think last year you played with no socks or shoes on…. what a trip!!

  8. Haha, sounds like a good time, too bad I couldn’t come out to Cali to make it.

    Robert, are you gonna be playing kickball again at SXSW? I think last year you played with no socks or shoes on…. what a trip!!

  9. rather innocent little bubble!

    You know, as an ‘Evangelist’ you should know, a little sin, is the same thing as a big sin.

    A bubble, is by definition, a LIE. So a rather innocent little lie? Wow, interesting ethical universe you inhabit. Funny, the same defense tactic now taken by the Enron guys, innocent little financial manipulation, I mean who can know everything, it was just a hedged bet that didn’t come to pass, not like we murdered anyone. Dangers of the free market…etc. etc. And many innocent littles add up to BIG SUMS.

    Not to be a party-pooper snark, but thought that moral issue, quite an interesting admission.

    “I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.” – Benjamin Franklin

  10. rather innocent little bubble!

    You know, as an ‘Evangelist’ you should know, a little sin, is the same thing as a big sin.

    A bubble, is by definition, a LIE. So a rather innocent little lie? Wow, interesting ethical universe you inhabit. Funny, the same defense tactic now taken by the Enron guys, innocent little financial manipulation, I mean who can know everything, it was just a hedged bet that didn’t come to pass, not like we murdered anyone. Dangers of the free market…etc. etc. And many innocent littles add up to BIG SUMS.

    Not to be a party-pooper snark, but thought that moral issue, quite an interesting admission.

    “I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.” – Benjamin Franklin

  11. rather innocent little bubble!

    You know, as an ‘Evangelist’ you should know, a little sin, is the same thing as a big sin.

    A bubble, is by definition, a LIE. So a rather innocent little lie? Wow, interesting ethical universe you inhabit. Funny, the same defense tactic now taken by the Enron guys, innocent little financial manipulation, I mean who can know everything, it was just a hedged bet that didn’t come to pass, not like we murdered anyone. Dangers of the free market…etc. etc. And many innocent littles add up to BIG SUMS.

    Not to be a party-pooper snark, but thought that moral issue, quite an interesting admission.

    “I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.” – Benjamin Franklin

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  13. Wow looks like I’m one of the few people left in the Tech world that hasn’t been to Mike Arrington’s house ;)

    It is a long way from the UK mind you.

    I will respond to the ‘Naked Conversations’ review however, I have only just got my copy from Amazon.co.uk (bit slow over here) and have barely stareted it yet. I promise to add my review on Amazon upon finishing, also I will be buying copies for some of our clients if it’s as good as I antisipate it to be, given I am encouraging them to blog….

    PS don’t take your shirt of again, it’s frightining people…

    regards
    Al

  14. Wow looks like I’m one of the few people left in the Tech world that hasn’t been to Mike Arrington’s house ;)

    It is a long way from the UK mind you.

    I will respond to the ‘Naked Conversations’ review however, I have only just got my copy from Amazon.co.uk (bit slow over here) and have barely stareted it yet. I promise to add my review on Amazon upon finishing, also I will be buying copies for some of our clients if it’s as good as I antisipate it to be, given I am encouraging them to blog….

    PS don’t take your shirt of again, it’s frightining people…

    regards
    Al

  15. Wow looks like I’m one of the few people left in the Tech world that hasn’t been to Mike Arrington’s house ;)

    It is a long way from the UK mind you.

    I will respond to the ‘Naked Conversations’ review however, I have only just got my copy from Amazon.co.uk (bit slow over here) and have barely stareted it yet. I promise to add my review on Amazon upon finishing, also I will be buying copies for some of our clients if it’s as good as I antisipate it to be, given I am encouraging them to blog….

    PS don’t take your shirt of again, it’s frightining people…

    regards
    Al

  16. Now hold on one sec. I was shooting freelance with hopes of inclusion in Rocketboom, and my “idea” was a closed room, tasteful, shoulders up, deadpan documentary style.

    What took place, outside, in front of the entire blogosphere, neither RB nor I can be held even remotely culpable. ;-)

    It was definitely an amusing night!

  17. Now hold on one sec. I was shooting freelance with hopes of inclusion in Rocketboom, and my “idea” was a closed room, tasteful, shoulders up, deadpan documentary style.

    What took place, outside, in front of the entire blogosphere, neither RB nor I can be held even remotely culpable. ;-)

    It was definitely an amusing night!

  18. Now hold on one sec. I was shooting freelance with hopes of inclusion in Rocketboom, and my “idea” was a closed room, tasteful, shoulders up, deadpan documentary style.

    What took place, outside, in front of the entire blogosphere, neither RB nor I can be held even remotely culpable. ;-)

    It was definitely an amusing night!

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