A few nights ago I got out of my pajamas, charged up the digital camera, forgot the business cards, and made my way oh so far to Tel Aviv. In the U.S., a typical commute is around an hour each way. When an hour away is another City and another climate, it just seems much further and requires an ‘event’ to get me there.
I would like to think the video below says it all, but actually it says very little
Most of the people attending have jobs! They were just going out for a good time and to hang out with like minded people. How admirable. Really. I mean that. Company names and positions were being thrown around, and yes, inevitably, cards are passed, ideas are brewing, and networking happens.. but its hardly organic. It’s hard work. This is called extreme socializing. or extreme networking. Only the most adventurous, and daring need apply. Unless you just want lots of free booze.
If you notice in my video, I say that I expect to see a lot of personal videos going on. Not only was I SO wrong, if you even listen closely there is more amusement and questioning about the video concept. Of course, the adorable Adam Hirsch did catch on and said “So we’re doing the video thing.” (ok, I think it was Adam).
Here was a room with some of the greatest emerging Hi Tech companies, many involved in video technologies, and other than flixwagon (a cool Israel based company that allows you to broadcast your ‘life’ from your phone), I didn’t see a camera in the house .
Note to self: we are still a way off from too much ‘self branding’. Time is ripe. Move full speed ahead (no pun intended).
My involvement in the Internet Marketing Space is actually more of a ‘niche’ than the accepted norm of online marketing. Here were people creating SEO platforms who have never heard of Stompernet. Someone else I met was hired to do ‘online marketing’ for a startup, but never heard of twitter. The idea of just building websites that make money (yes, what I do) was a little lost. As a result of this anamoly, I plan on dusting off a half written post about the difference between Internet Marketers and .. yes Internet Marketers. No Typo. Stay Tuned.
Wanted to give a shout out to the local twitterers who helped break the ice and build up the momentum for the remainder of the evening. Some of you are in the video… otherwise you know who you are! Lets do lunch, k?
….sorry about the dark. I am a work in progress.
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