Wednesday, August 09, 2000

Pink and Green don't always make a Preppy set

Growing up in Skaneateles, NY, I saw lots of pink and green whaling pants on the golf courses. But putting a Pink Slip party together with Green magazine doesn't equal preppiness in cyber terms. Their combined party at Rebar on Wednesday, August 9, brought out lots of sweaty, smelly new media sorts hoping to ride on the wave of this infamous party for those-just-laid-off. Not a bad idea, considering the recent dot-com downturns. And Green was an appropriate choice for publications to be present -- it's all about money issues for our generation, written in a hip style that we can understand.
Upon my arrival with the eloquent Jason Black, of Internet World, we met his friend Green magazine's associate editor Amy Debra Feldman. She quickly shuttled us to the back to meet editor Ken Kurson, who started the magazine a couple of years ago as a resource for his friends. They kept asking him for financial and investment information, and as is typical in the 'Net biz, the publication grew virally. StreetEYE's Druce Vertes introduced us to Datek Online product marketing manager Jude Stewart. Digital Club Network's Ted Werth and Connors Communications Alayna Tagariello showed up at the growing party, not realizing what was going on inside. And NBC's Good Morning America was there to cover the Pink Slip phenom and interviewed Hired Guns president Allison Hemming. SendResume's Bonnie Halper knows where to go to find new recruits and was there, as was 24/7 Media's Katherine Strieder, Entrypoint's Seth Wald and CyberReps's Stacey Maloney. On my way out I saw eCompany's amazing editor Caroline Waxler and Concrete Media's Nat Antman. Forbes' Leigh Gallahger was there, partially researching her story for the Fortune 400 on "dating the (new) wealth" dot-commers. Neither the loud sound system of bad 80s hits nor the greasy chicken wings and gooey, mushy brownies didn't deter the revelers from fast and frenzied networking.