Thursday, December 31, 1998

Silicon Alley Mottos

Clay Shirky
A Proud Tradition of Making It Up As We Go Along.
Where Cont--mmui-erce is King!
Birthplace of Michael Wolff
Glenn Hauman
Brother, can you paradigm?
First to market, quality content, profitable: Pick any two
Silicon Alley: Our venture capitalists aren't as gullible
We don't give our employees BMWs, we pass the savings on to you!
We live in New York -- an Internet startup is supposed to be more stressful?
Three hours ahead of the valley, twenty-one hours in Internet time.
Silicon Alley: Trendier than cocaine-- and legal, too!
Silicon Alley: The Big Applet.
Silicon Alley: Exploiting native fear and distrust of Californians since 1993.

Peter Shankman
Plug and go. And go, and go, and go...
Profits? We don' need no steenkin profits!

Catherine Skidmore
Try Reloading
Silicon Alley: not just the space between Pamela's breasts
Silicon Alley: What're YOU lookin' at?!?

Jason McCabe Calacanis
No *Alley*, drop the V"
We dress better, throw bigger parties, and eat at better restaurants.
Please underestimate us, we love that. or Underestimate us and we'll disintermediate your ass.
Our content is as sticky as the seats on F train

Bill Lessard
Do you know where you are? You're in the jungle, baby!
Brian Cirulnick
Silicon Alley: More Parties, Less Profits
Justin Champion
Screw the Valley, keep it real in the Alley
Alex Valich
Silicon Alley, where inexperiece and stupidity= success....on paper
Jen Runne
It's not about who you know, it's about....uh, nevermind.....
Jim Graham
Silicon Alley -- Gateway to the Garment District

Steve Baldwin
Commerce, Community, and Corruption
Surf Drunk Here, and We'll Take Your PC
More Hamster Dance Fans Than Syracuse
Feel you're gettin fuk'd on the left coast? Come here, we can do it better!
Paradigm??? We can't discern what's left from what's right.
Paradigm??? How much does that cost?
There's a lotta rocks is this Alley - lets make soup. (All rocks provided, you bring the meat and vegetables.)
Paradigm??? We don't need no steenkin' paradigm - Just give us your /time/expertise/heart/soul and the check will be mailed tomorrow.

Enrique Gili
Silly Con Alley: We Spend Your Money, So you Don't Have To
Jesse Erlbaum
Abort, Retry, Fail?
Save early, save often!

Tony Long
Where IPO means, "I'm Pierced-Out!"
Steve Gilliard
Silicon Alley-where no one says have a nice day.....ever.
Wei Su
We take the 'Victory' out of the Valley
John Bono
Give us $5,000,000 and we'll give you a piece of paper w/ writing on it
We waste more money by 9AM than some governments waste all year

Jonathan I. Ezor
Silicon Alley--*Way* Over the (Cutting) Edge!
and from Glenn Hauman "or the variant: Silicon Alley: where the cutting edge of technology is suspended over our necks."

Rahmin Pavlovic
You mean, I actually get paid for doing this?
Silicon Alley - We've got more overbudgeted trust-fund babies than an uptown prep-school
Silicon Alley - We don't have to work long & late hours, we choose to. N64 anyone?
Silicon Alley - Where people ask you for mottoes describing Silicon Alley

And my vote is:
Courtney Pulitzer
Silicon Alley: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!

Thursday, December 17, 1998

NYNMA Holiday Party

NYNMA had their Holiday celebration not far away, the same night, at the Duggal Studios on Broadway in Soho. This has been the choice space for the members only affair for the last 3 years and still has quite a respectable draw.

Thursday, December 03, 1998

Speaking in the CanApple program in Vancouver

Continuing on my travel mode, two days later I flew to Vancouver, British Columbia on Thursday, December 3rd. I was bestowed an honor from Matt Toner of The Canadian Consulate in New York, and co-director of the CanApple program, to speak with two other Silicon Alley-ers at a panel discussion on New York and new media. The newly formed New Media BC non-profit, similar to our NYNMA, has panels and networking events for members in the British Columbia territory with an interest in new media. Put on in conjunction between CanApple, New Media BC, Industry Canada and Deloitte and Touche at the geodesic dome Science Fair in downtown Vancouver the event was a classy introduction to the new media scene in BC. Jane Green, executive director of New Media BC, is a talented and dynamic woman whose energy and vision will take this organization far. I spoke first, providing a backdrop for the event and background on Silicon Alley and how the NY new media community and industry has grown and developed since the early days in 1994. Garnet Hernaman, co-founder and CEO of University Ventures, Inc. gave much-desired advice to the audience with simple, clear points on how to go about getting venture capital. Recounting the trials and tribulations of the experience for an Irish company doing business in New York, with a bit of humor thrown in, Niall Swan gave the attendees a sense of how foreign firms can survive in NYC and the new media community. Rounding out the session Matt Toner explained the CanApple program and how the Canadian government and Canadian organizations like his can assist interested new media professionals.

Believing in the importance of knowing who's who and who does what, I set out in Vancouver to discover some interesting companies and the people who run them. And what a discovery I made! I am so impressed with the amount of talent in this town, the professionalism of every person I met, and the energy and activity going on in this beautiful city.

MOUSE Holiday Benefit party

I arrived back in New York just in time to attend the MOUSE Holiday Benefit party on Tuesday, December 3rd. The crisp cold night made the excitement about this organization's first major benefit even more heightened. Executive director Sarah Holloway's and president Andrew Raisej's decision to host the event in Jonathan Leitersdorf's stunning triplex apartment added to the drama and sense of specialness appropriate for this non-profit. Letiersdorf donated the use of his six bedroom home-cum-rented-party-space complete with heated pool (outside on a deck facing East).

 The guest list read like New York's Who's Who of new media CEO's, venture capitalists, and small business owners. Robert Levitan (iVillage), Lara Stein and Diana Butler (iXL), and MOUSE board member Peter Chislett came in support with friends. Gordon Gould, executive editor for the Silicon Alley Reporter, Roz Resneck of NetCreations and two of her friends arrived early, along with many other attendees. Real estate guru Debra Lee Charatan and her friend Victoria spent some quality time at the event, firmly entrenched in conversation by the massive stone fireplace with roaring fire. Andrew Klein of Wit Capital and his colleague all had the opportunity to enjoy stunning views and mouth-watering Asian cuisine hors d'ouvres  Even Andy's mom showed up! Other family members of Silicon Alley movers and shakers and some high school friends of Ms. Holloway helped make this high-powered $250 a ticket event seem warm and friendly. Andrew Raisej spoke for a brief bit on MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education) and its successes. The non-profit has currently wired and trained teachers in 15 New York City public high and junior-high schools on integrating the Internet and new technologies. Two high school students shared their dreams of future success, conceivable due to the new world MOUSE has opened up for them. Upstairs the grass carpeted patio led to a glass-enclosed duplex where many guests stood in awe of views of stars above and their friends downstairs, which they could spy on thanks to the 12-foot projection screen monitor set in the room. Seasoned new media-ites Troy Tyler (NYC Investment Fund), Mark Hurst (Creative Good), Ted Werth (Digital Club Network), and a spiffy chap in a checked suit were mixed in with a motley crew of seasoned investment types, some less paletable than others. One self-important gentleman stood impatiently at the door upon arrival, throwing a blank check at one of the guest list checkers, while on his cell, and barked "Just fill it all out." Upstairs, rumor has it another man flat out propositioned a woman (name withheld, but she was a classy art restorer). Well, not everyone had the class, or panache that newly IPO'd success stories Jack and Murray Hidary had as they escorted their father around. Judging from the happy faces of guests as they arrived and their even more beaming looks as they filtered out, the MOUSE event was a success in many ways. The stunning space and fund-raising success (unofficially it reached several tens of thousands), reflect and highlight MOUSE's grand goals and achievements. As the holiday season continues on, let's continue to look at the good works around us, take a little time for charity and for your soul. It'll feel good, and you'll probably have a good time at it!