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Bringing Nothing To The Party: True Confessions Of A New Media Whore [Kindle Edition]

Paul Carr
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Book Description

As a journalist covering the first boom, Paul Carr spent his
life meeting the world's most successful young Internet entrepreneurs.
In doing so he came to count many of them amongst his closest friends.
These friendships meant he was not only able to attend their press
conferences and speak at their events, but also get invited to their
ultra-exclusive networking events in London and New York, get drunk at
their New Year parties in their luxury Soho apartments and tag along
when they threw impromptu parties at strip clubs after raising tens of
millions of pounds in funding. And being a lowly hack, rather than a
super-hyped new media mogul, Paul was able to enjoy this bizarre world
of excess without actually having to be part of it. To help the moguls
celebrate raising their millions without having to face the wrath of the
venture capitalists himself. There was just one problem. He
wanted to be rich and famous too. So, at the age of 25, Paul decided
he didn't want to be a spectator any more. He had been harbouring a
great project of his own and, with a second Internet boom on the
horizon, he decided it was time to do something about it. In
'Bringing Nothing to the Party', Paul uses his unparalleled (and totally
uncensored) access to tell the real story of a unique group of
hard-partying, high-achieving young entrepreneurs - and his attempts to
join them, whatever the cost.

Editorial Reviews


"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).

Product Details

  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U94SIO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down and Out in Web 2.0 and London January 25, 2010
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Trash November 6, 2012
By James
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Get to Know the Startup World Better March 11, 2012
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Entertaining and fun. You can't afford not guy this book.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars funny, sad, awesome April 12, 2011
By tim
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, snarky, lively -- and true 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Entertaining read by an entertaining guy. Mr. Carr bears his drunken and debaucherous soul for all of us, to humorous and inspiring effect. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great story written by a qualified author on the subject of...
Paul Carr has a unique "tongue in cheek" style of writing that makes this book an engaging read while getting the point across.

The title says it all. Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by Joseph Ratliff
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarous Bubble Story
It's a simple book so there's not much to this review. Carr weaves a hilarious tongue-in-cheek story about technology bubbles. It's nice to see a narrative of that world that: A. Read more
Published on April 21, 2010 by Shlok Vaidya
5.0 out of 5 stars Carr's sarcastic British humour tied to an intriguing tale of internet...
When I started reading this book, I had no idea what it was about. I read Carr's humourous article on Tech Crunch where he announced that due to his publisher's limitations for... Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by Jordan Schelew
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all entrepreneurs (or anyone thinking about it)
(I read a PDF version of Bringing Nothing to The Party as this Kindle edition wasn't yet available)

Read this book - if you are an entrepreneur (or have ever thought... Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by Shannon Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and scary!
Having been part of the same era as Carr, I can only say that reading the book can only be described as having been too drunk at a party, waking up embarrassed but over time... Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by Hampus Jakobsson
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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.


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