After popping in at a few local tech/blogging events lately, something
has become apparently obvious to me. I need a wingblogger--someone my age as
interested as I am in being a part of the more social side of this
community that I can drag around to all these events. For someone who
works at a VC firm, I probably have the
least tech savvy social network possible. That makes it incredibly difficult, at least for me, to go to all these events and meet the people I'd like to meet--especially given that, because of my age, I have a natural advantage over a lot of other people in my industry. I can relate a lot better to a lot of the very creative people that are disrupting some of the markets that USV has interest in. Even though I may be outgoing, I really do hate doing much of anything alone. I need to be able to go somewhere, run ideas by someone, recap the event, discuss, plan, etc.
At the same time, I don't
want to be too "networky", which, as a venture
guy, is probably about the worst thing you can do, especially in New York. In spite of the fact the NYC is the financial capital of the world, not everyone doing some kind of interesting project is in it to make it big. Sometimes, like in the case of the Vimeo/Collegehumor guys, success seems more like an accidental byproduct of serious goofing off. Not everyone wants their audienced monetized.
Ideally, I'd have a friend or two that worked in media/marketing/tech that was curious about new trends, interested in meeting people, and savvy enough to find some events that I missed. The management is currently accepting applications for wingbloggers.