Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
Caught In The Webb
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
It’s that time of the year again! There are holiday parties happening everywhere you look. This week alone has a ton, including Buzzfeed, Aol/Huffington Post, The Verge, Gawker Media, the New York Observer, WeWork Labs, Projective Space, Refinery29 and many, many more. So go crazy and party hard–but go easy on the eggnog ;).
Holiday season is here, and that means your startup needs to have a holiday party! I was just hanging with some Midwestern, non-techie friends of mine who work in “normal” jobs, and they were all going on about how they all skip their office holiday parties. They’re the cool kids after all, and, as they say “I spend enough time with those people at work. I don’t want to spend my personal life with them.”
But startups are crazy backwards land, and you basically live and breathe and poop and shower with your coworkers. So you’re going to holiday party with them too. This isn’t a recommendation from me, it’s a practical fact. I mean, really. You probably go out drinking with your coworkers two to three days a week already, at minimum. So it seems safe to say you’re going to have a holiday party with them, even if it’s just the five of you drunkenly realizing at 2 a.m. that oh hey, this could be your holiday party and woooooooo!
It’s actually kind of an interesting logic puzzle. If you and your startup cohorts go out practically every night together already, what makes a holiday party different than any other night of the year? Santa hats play a part. But really, the question should be turned on its head: “If we’re going to have a holiday party, what do we do to make it special?”
And so I am here to help you. I have thrown a fair number of holiday parties in my day. Some have reached the status of legend. Some failed miserably. The have ran from 10 to 1,000 people. Here’s what I’ve found that works.
It’s Holiday Party Season! And just like the rest of the world, massive tech companies have to have holiday parties as well. Except most holiday parties don’t make you sign an NDA—or non-disclosure agreement—just to get in the door. Like YouTube is apparently doing right now!