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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Latest in Networking in the Northwest - A Gong Show?

By Lori Richardson, Northwest Bureau Chief

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When you think of a gong at a networking event, it evokes various thoughts. For those of us who are Baby Boomers (or old Gen X'ers as I am), you may think of the 1976 TV show where people did very strange or unusual performances on stage and a panel of three celebrities would "gong" the worst ones. Some of these shows are now circulating around on YouTube - now any age can see this show. It definitely was strange, so with trepidation I attended the brand-new's first mixer recently. I heard that there would be "no badges, no fee to join, no dues, and no rules, with a great entertaining 'Gong Show' venue."

At one point I was not sure how long I would stay there because it DID feel much like other networking I had done at the most beautiful and upscale Columbia Tower Club, on the 75th floor of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle.

Then I heard the gong. Israel Rothman, CEO and founder of Social Media Systems wielded the padded mallet, and he certainly seemed to enjoy it...

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