PhotoBlog: Silicon Valley elite swarms to the Techcrunch 9 Party

Techcrunch 9 at August Capital

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Many of the tech elite swarmed at this social and product demo in the epicenter of Silicon Valley. Yes, it’s another Techcrunch party (I’ve been to a handful of others). The event was live streamed by Ustream, Justin TV, and video blogging service Kyte was there. There were hundreds of digital cameras taking pictures, a handful of videobloggers, podcasters, and bloggers. I’m going to go to pictures (I only have a small $300 Canon) which to me tells a better story.

Look for other photos from Dan Farber, Thomas Hawk, Lane Hartwell, Scott Beale.

Social observation by Thor: It was interesting to see how folks would look at nametags before folks faces, perhaps some criteria to determine if a conversation would be worthwhile? Imagine the party with no name tags, would that change the social dynamics?

Folks on the Ustream channel said “Thank god Jeremiah is not wearing the corporate blues”, lots of folks were wearing the traditional Silicon Valley Blue Shirt and Khakis. Allen Stern did a great job of writing down what he saw from the streaming video. Jeremy Wright was on the stream as well.

Update: TechCrunch has a wrap-up post.

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  • Dennis D. McDonald

    Interesting – the ratio of female to male faces in these pictures seems higher than in the bylines of text posts coming out of Silicon Valley. Is that just my imagination, or is that just your selection of photo subjects?

  • jeremiah_owyang

    Yup, I picked the photos that would be the most interesting.

    There was certainly FAR more men than women. The interesting thing? Many told me that most of the women were very attractive, far more than at other events.

    C’mon Dennis, whatcha going to click on? I’m no dummy…


  • jeremiah_owyang

    Part 2: I boiled down these 30 or so photos from the 200 I took last night.

  • Dennis McDonald

    Hey, I’m with you, Jeremiah! (“Citizen journalism” indeed!)

  • Jeremy Pepper

    At BlogHer instead – prolly a more diverse and better mix of people.

  • jeremiah_owyang


    I texted you, did you get it?

  • Allen Stern

    Reports on the ustream were 40:1 men. appeared worthless to me – some random snapshots and a lame chat.

    I think you and Joanne did a good job on the camera.

    Seems like the same blue shirt crowd at everyone of these events – except this time the talk was facebook not myspace?

    Good point on the nametags, it is interesting how many people only want to talk to the A-list. Silly.

    David Stern was great – he seems like the type of guy I could sit and talk to for days and never be bored.

    You make an interesting comment about the “tech elite”.

  • Jeremy Wright

    Still can’t believe I chose to sit on Ustream chatting instead of going to see a movie ;-)

  • allen stern

    Jeremy – admit it – it’s cuz I was on the chat!

  • Horace Wilkins

    Silicon Valley Elite? Way to toot your own horn. The silicon valley elite are the execs at the big blue chip silicon valley companies, of which none were on the guest list. This list is by and large the fringe or the middle managers of said companies.

  • jeremiah_owyang


    There’s two worlds in Silicon Valley. The corporations and the startups.

    This was clearly the startups.

    I should have been more clear.

    And for the record, I’m not in the elite.

  • Robert Scoble

    I saw a few big company execs at the party.

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  • Chris Yeh

    This was my first TechCrunch party…it was a lot of fun, but a bit overwhelming.

    I can definitely understand the nametag-watchers–I don’t look because I only want to talk with A-listers; I look because I need context for the conversation.

    An interesting fact: I met a couple of my investors for the first time yesterday at the party. I only knew who they were by their nametag.

    If you want to meet the “elite” of the Valley establishment, pony up $250 and attend the SDForum Visionary Awards. As an SDForum SIG chair, I get an invitation to attend every year. The first year I went, I sat next to Andy Bechtolsheim on the bus ride up to the event, and spent the time explaining blogging to him.

    Thanks again for appearing on Ustream last night, Jeremiah!

    Chris Yeh
    CEO, Ustream

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  • jeremiah_owyang

    Mike did a wrap up post, see the video there’s some girls that said they wanted tech guys for a date.

    Not really though. here’s their real response. pretty funny.

  • jeremiah_owyang

    I’m amazed btw, 27,000 new subscriptions to techcrunch since friday.

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  • Allen Stern

    Jeremiah – are you serious that you don’t think you are part of the elite?

  • Allen Stern

    Oh – and I don’t mean that in a bad way!

  • jeremiah_owyang

    yeah, im serious.

    I’ve frequently said I’m a B-Lister…and proud of it.

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  • Dennis McDonald

    Hey, I'm with you, Jeremiah! (“Citizen journalism” indeed!)