Fight Club: Silicon Alley Style
Miss the old days back in the Alley? Well, then this is for you. An article entitled Alive and Well in Silicon Alley in the New York Times has created an old-school Silicon Alley "fight" between Jason Calacanis, Tom Watson and Jason Chervokas.
Their (heated) discussion is like a trip down memory lane. FWIW, I always thought that SAR was the sizzle and @NY was the steak. They were both required reading if you wanted to be part of Silicon Alley - a term which I always kinda liked. Sorry, Fred.
Calacanis can't resist the opportunity to grab headlines and attention. It is in his blood. It makes him who he is and is why he does what he does. The rise and fall of the SAR are both perfect examples of his ego at work. The sale of Weblogs Inc. shows that even an (semi) egomaniac can learn from past experiences.
What has always surprised me is why Tom and Jason never got the band back together again and started blogging. If @NY was their prelude, the @NY blog could have been a symphony. Did Meckler pay them so much that they decided to walk away? I've never figured it out.
All we need now is a party invite from Courney or Bernardo (or i-boy) and a goodie bag and it would be like 19th Street all over again. ;)
Fred and Joanne Wilson have joined in as well, for those of you scoring it at home.
Alive and Well in Silicon Alley (New York Times)
Style over Substance in Silicon Alley (TRICKSTER!)
10 years later... lessons from the SAR/@NY battle. (The Jason Calacanis Weblog)
Revisionist History - Calacanis Style (A VC)
Alley Wag (A VC)
Back Alley Fighting (Brouhaha)
Monday, March 13, 2006