Techdirt 25,000! We're Having A Party...
from the that's-a-lot-of-posts... dept
During the boom years, it seemed like everyone was having parties of some sort in the Bay Area, so we figured we could do the same thing with Techdirt. Of course, instead of planning a big expensive party throwing away venture capitalists' money, we just told a lot of people to show up at a bar on a certain day. We didn't even let the bar know we were coming. A few days before the event, one of the Techdirt crew told me he had just received an Evite for a corporate event at the same place... at the same time.
We called up the bar, and it turns out that they had reserved the entire bar for this private party... and we already had about 200 people signed up to go. We quickly called up the person throwing the other party, and told her that it would be good marketing for them if we added our crew to her party. Since it was a marketing event, she agreed.
What we didn't know was that the company had splurged on an open bar and a ton of delicious food for everyone. While all of that was paid for by this random tech company, many people attending assumed that we had paid for it all -- making it nearly impossible for us to hold another happy hour for many years, as people would expect us to splurge on a huge, expensive spread for everyone.
Of course, the bubble burst, the parties went away, and most people forgot about our wonderful party. So, this time around, we're also not splurging on an open bar or a huge buffet, and it seems unlikely that we'll luck into another party to hijack. However, we can promise you plenty of good company and what should be a fun time for all. Please come out and join us.