Jennifer is one of the very top journalists on Twitter (her account of the evening). Her guy Craig Silverstein (@csilvers) was Google's employee number one. It is like the founders of Google got together, and then when they looked around, Craig was the first person they spotted, something like that.
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I was the first person to show. (@badenchicken) So I went upstairs. I saw one spot taken. I am thinking, that has got be 8's spot. So Craig will probably be sitting near there. I took a nice spot a few seats from them. But when Craig finally showed he walked right past my table on to some back table.
But guess who else showed up? Dennis Crowley, (@dens) the FourSquare guy, and he decided to sit right next to me. He was with his girlfriend (@chelsa, @pnizzle) who moved to New York City from Indiana a few years ago. "Me too!" I exclaimed.
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Once we were squarely sitted, I told Dennis that I was at his demo at the New York Tech MeetUp last spring, "Sorry, but I did not see the FourSquare potential at that time. Now people are saying FourSquare is the next Twitter and I can see why."
Image via CrunchBase"I did not either," he said rather disarmingly.
I asked him a bunch of questions. One of my final questions was, "Let me ask you a stupid question. Why are you in New York? Why are you not in California?"
He said New York is a better location, it is more diverse. When a white guy like Dennis says diverse, he means people from different sectors like tech, media, finance, advertising, design. When I say diverse, I mean the rainbow coalition.
Towards the end Craig went from table to table. He and Dennis talked at some length.
"You helped me find my place when I moved to NYC a few years ago," I said to Craig.
"I appreciate that," he said. (@yunapark)
About 40 people showed up for the dinner.