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Bringing Nothing to the Party: True Confessions Of A New Media Whore Kindle Edition

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"It's like a booze, drug and sex-fuelled genius teenager's diary and you can't not chuckle" (CITY AM )

"Carr is an excellent storyteller, and you'll end up really wanting to corner him at the bar one of these nights" (NEW MEDIA KNOWLEDGE )

"his limitless capacity for drink, work and web-related ideas are utterly endearing. This is completely addictive reading" (PRESS ASSOCIATION )

Christmas recommendation: "Anyone who wants a glimpse into the world of the successful - and not so successful - London internet entrepreneur need look no further" (Edie Lush THE SPECTATOR )

About the Author

Paul Carr is a writer. A writer who lives permanently in hotels. His first book, Bringing Nothing To The Party: True Confessions Of A New Media Whore, tells the story of his not-entirely-successful attempts to become a famous Internet billionaire.

His new book - The Upgrade: The Cautionary Tale of a Life Without Reservations - is the story of how he came to have that slightly curious lifestyle, and the ludicrous events that followed. It will be published in 2011 (UK, Europe) and 2012 (USA).

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  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0753823993
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (September 18, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U94SIO
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul Carr is a writer, columnist and professional failure. He lives permanently in hotels. His new book - The Upgrade: The Cautionary Tale of a Life Without Reservations - is the story of how he came to have that slightly curious lifestyle, and how it nearly killed him. His previous book, Bringing Nothing To The Party: True Confessions Of A New Media tells the painful true story of how he tried, and failed, to become the next Internet billionaire.

http://www.paulcarr.com

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher S. Tolles on January 25, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
There's a whole genre of semi autobiographical books about tech startups, and this one covers Paul Carr's experiences in the London Internet industry circa mid 00's and his travails therein.

Paul pulls few punches on his own shortcomings, and does a more than adequate job of setting the scene of a particular time and place. Providing good color around the people and feel of what it must have been like to watch people starting various well hyped and funded ventures and then proceeding with his own efforts are some of the high points here. (Having co-founded a couple of companies in Silicon Valley, the tone here rang true, and I came away feeling somewhat empathetic at the pressure the author was under, seemingly all the time.)

If there were one nit, it was that everything finished a bit cleanly. While it was clear what happened, I was left with the feeling that the end of the affair didn't receive the same attention as the beginning, and that Paul's ex-cofounder may have received a gentler treatment than the other folks who crossed his path.

A good dose of humor made this an enjoyable read. Also, if you happen to know anyone in the book, or follow Paul's writings in TechCrunch or on the web, this will, perhaps, explain some things.
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Stumbled upon Carr's latest book The Upgrade: A Cautionary Tale of a Life Without Reservations and enjoyed it so decided to check out this, his older book. I must say it's just as entertaining, and historical when it comes to the big success wise stories, fads and failures of the early Internet phenomenon, it's very educational. You'll learn for example that Google is actually a typo and what Google's real name was supposed to be. How these companies that don't actually have anything tangible for investors to see actually get their investment dollars and make money through the fact that Paul after being jealous of all these other people making millions of a basic idea which he was reporting on, decides to try and be the next big thing with a company called Friday Cities. We readers are along for the ride as he tries to get investor dollars and a heap of users on the web. If you're familiar with his drunken exploits in his next book there's a fair few in here as well, although not as many. He does get arrested though for not having the money to pay a cab and gets up to a few other adventures.

Overall I found this book a bit more educational and a lot less far fetched than The Upgrade, the Upgrade was maybe a bit more interesting to me but that's more because it's set in hotels and the travel industry. Still this is a good read, as just as good a place as any if you're interested to know how Facebook, Google, Yahoo and the other dominant players came to be.
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By tim on April 12, 2011
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I bought this on a whim after reading a column by Paul Carr on Techcrunch. The book will interest anyone who follows the tech community or even people who read lots of blogs online, as the book is about the entrepreneur scene as well as the online journalism scene.

His account talks of the first dot com bust, as well as the web 2.0 resurgence. After getting sick of seeing all his peers and the people he wrote about get rich, he tries to do it himself. The journey is hilarious but also thought provoking in the theme of finding what one truly wants to do with their life. This book struck a cord with me.

Paul can come off as a bit elitist sometimes, but in a hilarious snarky way. I'm pumped I found this little gem and I can't wait for his next book.
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By James on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
If there's a problem with the book, then it's that the alleged 'story' - the rise and fall of a dotcom entrepreneur - doesn't actually amount to very much. It's the 'padding' that contains the most colour - the wild parties, the people he bumps into at bars, the wilfully doomed relationships, the back stories behind some of the big sites on the Web.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grace L. Suarez on August 3, 2009
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"True Confessions of a New Media Whore" is the subtitle. Paul Carr is a journalist who decides to become an entrepreneur, mostly for the money. This funny and sometimes sad story is the result. I got the Kindle version, and enjoyed it tremendously.
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By Paul on June 6, 2013
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Entertaining read by an entertaining guy. Mr. Carr bears his drunken and debaucherous soul for all of us, to humorous and inspiring effect. What sets this work apart, for me, from other lad tales is how Mr. Carr does not lose sight of his heart in telling of his drunken adventures. A great work.
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