I try, I really do. I signed up for valleyshwag to buy the cool kids leftover t-shirts. I go to the venture capital meet and greets. I even read valleywag to hear about the demise of my uber-boss Lloyd. But something happened this week that shook me to the core.
I missed the biggest geek smackdown of the year. There’s this vlogging site called Rocketboom. Naturally they made no money, but the two people almost shared the non-profits equally. The host, Amanda, decided she needed to work out of Los Angeles instead of the dark and miserable east coast and wanted the company to set her up with a studio and everything else needed to produce their top quality shows. The boss guy couldn’t figure out how they would pay for such a move with no income and said “nope, go for it on your own, but no can do from me”.
So Amanda goes online and creates a new site and video saying she was dissed and dismissed. The boss guy retorts. She then does the Star Jones of the internet and publishes a line by line response of his response to her… response… This is getting a bit confusing already.
So now the other cool, pretty people who have their act together in the valley are responding in a sophisticated manner. They are having coffee with their Venture Capital friends, setting up their own sites with Ruby on Rails to defend Amanda or boss guy, and most importantly… trying to fill her shoes.
All of this comes back to me.
I had no idea this rocketboom even existed. It’s like not realizing the Ricki Lake is off the air. Or that Sally Jessy Raphael still wears horribly ugly glasses and the worst hair dye in the country. I just don’t know if I’m going to make it in the silicon valley if I can’t get into the gossip underground.