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Bringing Nothing to The Party: True Confessions of a New Media Whore

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Having covered the first dot com boom, and founded a web-to-print publishing business during the second one, Paul counts many of the leading Internet entrepreneurs amongst his closest friends. These friendships mean he doesn't just attend their product launches and press conferences and speak at their events, but also gets invited to their ultra-exclusive networking events ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published 2008 by W&N
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Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
An excellent story teller with lots of stories to tell. 10 years after publication this book feels like a history book as much has moved on about the London tech scene since then (as to be expected). Interesting to read about this moment in time. Definite lessons to be learnt about the excesses and rollercoasters of startup life for those who haven't lived through it themselves (yet). For those who have, this book is probably only interesting if you know the people involved or you're in need of ...more
Ant Richards
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting read. More a guide of what not to do if you wanted to become a succesful internet entrepreneur.
Gerardo Lisboa
The 2000's .com ...more
Simon Howard
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 bou
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I need to go to a charity shop for work (yes, I work in the Charity Retail sector), I always feel that I need to buy something. This something usually takes the form of a book.

I’m so glad I picked this one up as it was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read – although part of me wished that I’d read it ages ago!

Paul Carr is a great writer, and this book is his memoir of his desire to be an entrepreneur – mastering the world of dotcom start-ups and becoming rich and famous…instead
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was reading up on Paul Carr, of NSFWCORP, and I saw he wrote this book a while back. I figured one day I might have a look. Later, I read that he once gave it away for free on the Internets. I consulted the Google and was able to find a link that still worked. Bonus.

Bringing Nothing to the Party is an early memoir, focusing on his career in various mostly failed online businesses, from way TF back in the late '90s until about '08. He got his start with a sort of amateur city guide that eventua
Dane Cobain
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a lot of fun, and even though it’s approaching the tenth anniversary since its publication date, it’s still timely and relevant, and a hell of a lot of fun to boot. In fact, it’s rare for a non-fiction book to be this much fun, and it reminded me a little bit of Tony Hawk, Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace. It’s just one man writing about his life, getting up to all sorts of trouble without really meaning to and telling stories about the unexpected consequences.

In a nutshell, it follows
Derek James Baldwin
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Wry, self-deprecating account of Paul Carr's experiences as a dotcom 2.0 journo/entrepreneur/hanger-on/ligger(1).

Often very funny, albeit that the style seems a bit derivative and Charlie Brookeresque at times.(2) The author seems to have spent quite a lot of the time being offhandedly rude to someone and then realising later on that the someone could make a big difference to his career. How he describes these incidents is funny and entertaining, just like it is when a pub raconteur starts off
Colleen Pence
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed Paul Carr's Huffington Post blog series this past spring (he stayed in 33 different Las Vegas Strip hotels for 33 consecutive nights) and I wanted to read more by him. I started with his first book, Bringing Nothing to the Party (his second, Upgrade, isn't out in the U.S. yet). Brining Nothing to the Party is a memoir about his foray into trying (and failing) to become an Internet entrepreneur. A bit self-involved at times (although it IS a memoir, so that's excusable) it's a gr ...more
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I downloaded the book since I enjoy following Carr on twitter and the sample was engaging enough. His writing style is classically British and terribly funny, and he takes pains to explain the people and events that influenced his story.

I was underwhelmed as the book dragged on - I only finished reading because by the time I got bored I was 60% or more of the way through. The fact that Carr's business would fail is evident from the beginning, which was part of why I grew so bored. His love inter
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
The writing's witty, the stories of dotcom ridiculousness amusing, but Carr's sad stories of personal dysfunction lose their sparkle after the n-th iteration. The book is worth reading if you have an interest in the behind-the-scenes trading of the entrepeneurs building and cashing in on online services. It won't make you like them much, though. ...more
Sarah Jane
I'm trying to get through my backlog of books that people have sent me to review and then I read one and I'm like, "Oh yeah, THAT'S why I haven't gotten to this yet."

Ugh. THIS GUY. I hate him slightly less because he is British, but this book is only semi-readable and really only skim-worthy. Some bloggers should really stick to blogging.
Dec 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
This guy is special. It was an entertaining read about the life of one who wants to make it as an entrepreneur. It's a pretty honest peek into a life that's clearly not for everyone. While I wasn't a big fan early on, I definitely ended up rooting for him in the end. ...more
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun, and a good antidote to the "heroism always succeeds" point of view implicit in books like Founders at Work and Paul Graham's essays. Felt a bit like reading Hunter S. Thompson at times--love the writing and the style, wonder if I'd like Carr in person. ...more
Jason Bagley
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: entrepreneur, startup, web
Interesting read for startups. Paul Carr writes about his success and failure at trying his hand at building a web startup in the UK. The web industry in the UK is just as big a circle jerk like it is in SA and I guess everywhere else. Money, parties, success and failure.
Seth Freudenburg
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A cautionary memoir from the dot com entrepreneur & journalist Paul Carr. The book is very very witty & heart felt, even if at points it reads like a gossip column. Carr is a difficult guy: witty but arrogant & funny but cruel. Still though, you can't help root for him.
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic insight into the rise, fall, rise, shuffle, fall, rise and shuffle of the dotcom industry, written by a talented columnist/businessman who can be acerbic as well as informative. Recommended.
John Dalton
Bringing Nothing To The Party: True Confessions of a New Media Whore by Paul Carr (2009)
Aug 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good fun, been to a lot of parties haven't you Paul? ...more
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book. Paul Carr tells his story and takes the opportunity to tell the truth about the New Media scene. I love the sarcasm.
Isa K.
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amusing romp through the world of London entrepreneurs.
Mike Shoemaker
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Always fun to peek into the mind of Paul Carr.
Nic Brisbourne
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Entertaining read charting the rise and fall of Paul as a London internet entrepreneur. I like it, but then I am in it....
Matias Kewe
easy to read. informative. funny
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very good, pretty funny, a dandy read. A first hand view on the Internet and business, Paul Carr shares all.
Steve Nixon
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
An excellent take from a first hand perspective on the 2k internet bubble. Well written, spares no punches. Really enjoyed this one. Looking forward to reading "The Upgrade" ...more
Richard Johnson
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Few books have made me laugh manically on the tube. It helps that I work in a London start-up.
Zabetta Camilleri
Mar 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
cringe cringe cringe
i cringed throughout the book - but kept reading it !?!?!!?
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-bio
Didn't enjoy this one as much as The Upgrade....but good to understand the lead up to that book. ...more
Alan Fricker
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice little trip down memory lane from the days of the uk internet bubble
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