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

Paul Carr
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As a journalist covering the first dot.com 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 dot.com 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.

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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)

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0753823993
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U94SIO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, shame about the kindle footnotes 5 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great read, both informative and funny. Unfortunately some of the best humour is in the footnotes which are a bit of a faff on a kindle. You have to navigate to the link on the page and unlike the dictionary definitions which just pop up you have to click on it which takes you into the footnote appendix. I found myself reading ahead through the footnotes to save me some hassle, rather spoils the joke if you read the punch line first though!
Maybe I need a kindle touch?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Read 3 May 2014
Format:Paperback
Writing this review feels a little strange, almost like reviewing the work of a friend, despite the fact that I’ve never even met Paul Carr. Shortly after the turn of the century, his email newsletter, The Friday Thing, became the first I ever parted with cash to receive. The subscription was something like £10/year, and it was well worth it.

I remember when Carr branched out into publishing, and I bought some of their early publications, including the book of paramedic Tom Reynolds’s blog. I bought some of the Amateur Transplants stuff which they published, too. And then I sort of lost track of Paul’s career, until last year, when I discovered NSFWCorp – and promptly subscribed. It’s clear that he has an uncanny ability to make me part with my hard earned cash.

Bringing Nothing to the Party was published back in 2009, but I’ve only just discovered it. It tells the “inside story”, from Paul’s point of view, of The Friday Thing and its successors, as well as the dotcom bubble as a whole. It’s a very personal autobiographical book, also describing his love life in some excruciating detail.

I like Paul, so I’m probably predisposed to liking this book. And, indeed, I did. I think it’s really well written. By his own admission, at this stage in his life Carr was a bit of an unlikeable idiot, and yet he manages to pull of that brilliant trick of using well-judged self-depreciation and humour to make a thoroughly unlikeable character sympathetic. It’s genuinely funny, and made me laugh out loud at points. And it’s also genuinely insightful. It’s fascinating to read the sort of things that were going on in the tech startup community during these heady days.

This clearly isn’t a heavy-weight, profound, life-changing book, but it has no pretentions in that direction. It’s a short, fun and funny autobiographical tale, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 23 Jan. 2013
By L Love
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this whilst on holiday, and couldn't put it down!

Paul Carr lived (and continues to live - see 'The Upgrade') an exciting life, full of drama, that translates into book format in an excellent way.

Anybody interested in media or journalism, or the dot come bubble, or sex, or London, or entrepreneurship, or.... just read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A great insight to finding the job you 'think' you want and what you learn along the way. Despite the outcome, Paul really does inspire you to make something of yourself and join the forever growing croud of internet people and get on down to Adam street! p.s. Facebook me Savannah!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 Oct. 2013
By GinaMum
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Brilliant book, really enjoyed it and how the story all played out.

Carr's sense of awareness of all his situations is entertaining, and it was amusing to see a secondary love story from a man's point of view.

Highly recommend this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Legend.. 12 Aug. 2008
Format:Paperback
Paul opens his life and experiences for us and tells us the brutal truth! I was around for a lot of the stories Paul tells and they are all true - but I don't think anyone could have captured them and re told them like Paul does. The book is hilarious, Paul is hilarious as our a number of the characters and relationships through the book and through his life in these times and beyond! I adore Paul Carr for his honesty, his genius raconteur ability, his humility and his ridiculous brain that reaches places many of ours couldn't dream of - but most I adore Paul for selflessly taking us all on this journey with him. Its one hell of journey - its one hell of a read and I for one cant wait for what comes next. Buy it immediately - its a generation classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Business Dunce / Journalist genius 23 Sept. 2008
By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE
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This is a very funny book.
The book chronicles Paul's move from journalist to web entrepreneur and back again, with real wit and a complete lack of shame.

Paul Carr is an excellent journalist, but was ill-suited to run an internet business as he admits. He skewers the overly pompous, although it's hard to see why he takes a dislike to some people (Ben Cohen for example) when he seems to be pretty shameless about self-promotion himself - he seems to share the same faults!

Read it if you're interested in web business or really just fancy a laugh.
Apparently it's not necessary to have actually met the author before you read (or review) the book, although he still get pretty good sales even if that's his only audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful. A must read. 18 Aug. 2008
Format:Paperback
I have been following the London Internet start-up scene for a few years. So when I heard that Paul Carr was coming out with a book detailing his experiences in candid detail, I knew it was something I had to read. `Bringing Nothing to the Party' definitely gives readers a special insight into the elite circle of entrepreneurs, investors and myriad characters that dot this crazy world. There are of course the inevitable stories of shoulder rubbing and myth-creating parties, but the real gem of this book lies in Paul's pinball journey. A master of wit and self-deprecating humour - this book will have you laughing and cringing at the same time (and that is a very good thing).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing nothing to the party
A bit like Chris Evans in his biographies - he was clearly a complete c u next Tuesday at some point but he pulls off the amazing trick of making you somehow sympathetic. Read more
Published on 20 Jun. 2011 by Ants
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
If you want to know what it was like in the new-media world at the start of the millennium then this is for you. Paul Carr tells the story perfectly in his easy-to-read style. Read more
Published on 9 Jan. 2011 by Oxford Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring nothing to the party
Great book. A must read for anyone interested in the dot com world. Includes quite a few references to the entrepreneurs who have delivered memorable sites over the last few... Read more
Published on 8 Nov. 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous tale of dotcom madness
As somebody who's been involved in the London digital / dotcom scene for quite a few years now, this book offers a great insight into the UK dotcom scene, a quick read that made me... Read more
Published on 2 Sept. 2010 by Wozz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Hilarious, well written and witty. A light, easy read about the real-life trials and tribulations of a wannabe dot com entrepreneur in London. Very current and topical.
Published on 4 Jun. 2010 by MS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - must buy
A celvery written book, combining a love story and plenty of human interest with fascinating insights into the dealing of the VC world in London!
Published on 5 Jan. 2010 by fireman_andy
4.0 out of 5 stars This is so 2007
If you're interested in this book, you probably already know Carr's work (The Guardian, Techcrunch, his blog, his twitter, and so on). Read more
Published on 8 Dec. 2009 by A. Hervaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Misspent youth...
Very much enjoyed Paul Carr's romp through the UK Internet scene. Several reminders of my similarly misspent 20s as he stumbled, alcohol-fueled, from one semi-disaster to the next. Read more
Published on 9 Sept. 2009 by James Turnbull
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