Thursday, October 12, 2000

The Cyber Scene in London ~ by Maggie Rosen


There's something about exploring the nightlife in other cities that
holds a sense of excitement and London's scene has been -- and is more
now than ever -- one of the coolest. On Thursday, October 12, we hosted
our third Cocktails with Courtney at one of the most trendy spots in
town. Kaberet is a tiny club off Beak Street that has seen the likes of
Prince William, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears and Wyclef Jean darken its
doorway. The tragically hip trendsetters sip Sea Breezes in heart-
pounding DJ-spun music, which massages their muscles into loose limbs
and lips for friendly meeting and dancing.

Our party this time was sponsored by Hoovers Online, which just
launched in the UK as Hoover's Europe. Managing Director Gehen
Talwaitte told guests that word-of-mouth method really works (over 200
rsvps), and that's the way they'd like to continue building their base
in London. Gehan and the Gnash PR team, including managing director
Narda Shirley, representatives Lise Colyer and Robin Adams, all made a
point of introducing the right people to each other. I met First Tuesday's
CEO Reade Fahs and AOL Europe's Janet Baker and NewMediaAge
editor Michael Nutley were there to learn about us and Hoovers.

I also got to meet Lateral Thinker Jon Bains, SAGA Head of Digital
Media Michael Pritchett, Richard Hodkinson, Mark Riley and 404 Found!

Managing Director Serge Acker. I also spoke with Daniel Rose, a
marketing consultant with a sports focus, as well as W3 and
ParadigmViolators Managing Director Marcus Stafford and RAW
Communications' Richard Garnier. MRI International client services
director Keith Pullum introduced me to his associate Sarah De Jonge and
B Finance's Anthony Stone, Kevin Buck and Lee Pellicci.

Since the Streaming Media conference was in London the entire week,
some U.S.-based exhibitors who knew of our soiree also came by. I saw
iClips' Roger Carmien and Stella Alvo, and Online TV's Rick Siegel, who
had good reports from the show. Avenue A's Director of International
Sales Neil Benton presented his new business card, which reveals his
move to the UK from the States. CNN Financial News Producer Penny Manis
was eager to have me on her show next time we're in London, so maybe
you'll catch us on the "telly" out there now.

The party ended promptly at 9:30 PM, so Kabaret could make room for
Damon, Spears and Wyclef (all confirmed guests), and we promptly moved
onto another trendy little joint called Allison's Party. Downstairs we
snacked on more treats (bangers and mash, etc.) After all the
excitement I decided I'd better take it easy the rest of the night. So,
I headed to my trendy little hotel (57 Pont Street) to
catch up on some Zzzs.