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Techcrunch Party VII -- the bare essentials

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Seven hundred guests went to the Techcrunch party Friday evening.

The event was held at the headquarters of venture capital firm August Capital, on Sand Hill Road -- ground zero of Silicon Valley's money world. Most of the evening, engineers, VCs, chief executives and marketing types schmoozed over wine and snacks.

The police showed up at midnight to shut the place down, although we are uncertain why. There are few residents in the area. Perhaps they caught wind of this character below, who had walked around in the nude earlier? (Photo courtesy of Thomas Hawk). Does anyone know if he picked up the $200 bounty for the stunt?

Here are some Flickr photos labeled Techcrunch7.

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Sidenote: It is the only party we've been to where there there's a line for the Men's bathroom, and none for the women's.

Updated: Bryan Quinn, of SpyMedia, confirms the streaker photo was purchased by "Silicon Valley Guy" late last night for $200.

This "streaker" also managed to have someone film it as well (for some, this will be disappointingly tame).

We were just talking with a friend who checked out some of the party's coverage after not being able to make it. He observed that something has changed in the valley, with the advent of all this alternative media. It has become a bit like Los Angeles. People are running around with cameras, camcorders, microphones, and there is this buzz factor you pick up by being seen with certain people.

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Valleywag and Scoble are two of the culprits, but there are many more.

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Arrington, blogging for bucks, and SV media circus continued
Excerpt: Interesting story about Techcrunch author Michael Arrington at Business 2.0 today. This is amusing, because a woman exclaimed to us at the Techcrunch party the other night that it was the first time she'd ever seen Michael in a shirt and slacks when t...
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What do you mean the Valley is "becoming like Los Angeles?" It's been worse than Los Angeles for at least decade.There are more publicists in the Valley than there are in LA, there are more self-serving "news" outlets in the Valley than in LA. But at least LA can and does laugh at itself. The Valley doesn't seem to be able to do that very well.
best,
Jim Forbes
(an old retired reporter who worked in LA and "The Valley.")

Jim Forbes on August 21, 2006 4:45 PM
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I *totally* think it's like Hollywood:

Venture Capitalists = Studio Execs
Funded Startups = A Listers
Non Funded Startups = B Listers
Folks looking for a startup = Groupies

And yes, there was a line to the men's restroom... in the video below (at the end):

http://monkeynotions.com/blog/2006/08/20/taste-of-techcrunch/


Maybe we *are* starting to laugh at ourselves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGGYPJUV4CA

hollyster on August 21, 2006 6:07 PM
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Please, there's no buzz from getting shot with me or Scoble. There are 20 new photos of me every weekend on Flickr.

Nick Douglas on August 24, 2006 12:27 AM
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