The Naked Truth

This Thursday night in Seattle I am going to participate in a fun event organized by Seattle entrepreneurs called The Naked Truth. The name is misleading because everyone is coming fully clothed and since there will be bloggers like me and Mike Arrington involved, we don't have to deal with tricky things like the truth.

The topic is, you guessed it, how to make money on the Internet. The way they are going to bring this topic to life is put three local entrepreneurs, the founders of Picnik, Animoto, UrbanSpoon, together with three so-called experts, me, Mike Arrington, and Damon Darlin. The entrepreneurs are going to talk about the ways they make money and the so-called experts do the color commentary. The whole thing will be moderated by Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin who will keep us honest and the conversation moving. It sounds like a fun format.

Even better, the event is outside in a park and they've got a cash bar:

When: July 9, 2009, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. panel, 7:30 – 9:30 party

Where: Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion, 2901 Western Avenue, Seattle

Topic: Comparison of different revenue channels for consumer Internet companies.


The event is sold out (sorry for the delay in posting this news). Here's a link to a page with the best info on the event.

I don't get to Seattle very often and I'm there for a few days of vacation with the Gotham Gal so I won't be doing any meetings when I am in town, but I am very excited to be taking part in this Naked Truth event. If you live in Seattle, I hope I see you there.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. greggdourgarian

    Harsh critique on Michael Arrington.Pageview troller. Unreliable. Attentionaholic. It saddens me that techcrunch went from being my #1 favorite blog to a waste of time. Many feel this way. Why would you advertise him?

    1. fredwilson

      I’m not advertising him, I’m advertising the event. I’ve got my issues with Mike too, but he’s an observer of the tech industry and he’s right as much as he’s wrong.

    2. ShanaC

      I think that is also part of the lifecycle of a lot of group blogs about popular subjects- they grow to be massive like newspapers- and need to learn to handle it. Some handle it much better than others.

  2. ShanaC

    No, you get to do Truthiness as a blogger. What’s the point of the truth after all?

  3. Marcelo Calbucci

    Hey Fred, very happy you’ll be around here and I hope we can meet. Check out the site I publish called Seattle 2.0 (, particularly our list of Startups, Startup Index, local tweeps and bloggers.BTW, the link to the waiting list is wrong. It’s for a previous Naked Truth. This event has not waiting list.The event will be live streamed by us at

    1. fredwilson

      Oh. I’ll fix that bad link

  4. Michael Kim

    Great to hear! Looking forward to reconnecting there about our word-of-mouth referral platform, Grapevyn. Hope you get a chance to head up to the San Juans, the weather here has been great.

  5. Andrew

    Glen is not the founder of redfin.

    1. fredwilson

      My mistake. I’ll fix that in the post. He’s the CEO, right?

  6. TMC2K

    Ok Fred,Can you score some tickets for some of your commentors?

    1. fredwilson

      I don’t know. I’ll ask

      1. GlennKelman

        Fred, we can accommodate up to ten folks. We would take more but we’ve already registered 500 for a facility that holds 450 (the expectation is that some will now no-show since it’s free). I am, by the way, the CEO of Redfin but David Eraker is Redfin’s founder. I founded Plumtree Software prior to joining David, Savan and Bahn at Redfin.

        1. fredwilson

          glenni updated the post. you are no longer redfin’s founder!

  7. Yule Heibel

    Grr, why didn’t I hear about this weeks ago? Serves me right for not keeping current with Wetpaint and its updated wikis (The Naked Truth is on a Wetpaint-hosted wiki)! I started a Wetpaint wiki ~3 years ago, but let it slip into oblivion – My bad.Seattle is in my backyard (or I’m in Seattle’s backyard, one or the other), so it wouldn’t be a hardship to hop over for a day or two. But adding my name to a 500+ people wait list for the “After Party” (the panel being sold out) seems like adding to the frenzy. I’ll look forward to catching the live stream.Have fun in Seattle – we’ve been having great weather, hope it holds till next weekend, too.

    1. fredwilson

      If I get you in, will you come?

      1. Yule Heibel

        You bet – but only if I get to meet the Gotham Gal, too!

  8. Glenn Gutierrez

    Man. Sounds fun. Wish I was in Seattle.

  9. boikej

    Fred, we traded an e-mail after I registered for this, was looking forward to seeing you out here. However looks like I registered for a colleague and me on this page:…, which looks legit. Is this an incorrect page and am I shut out?James Boike

    1. fredwilson

      I don’t know. Can you contact the organizers and find out?

      1. mattgoyer

        Sorry about that, we have the wrong RSVP link on the WetPaint page and will update it soon.The correct/official place to sign up for this year’s event is…. The event is full but as people have been updating their RSVP’s a few spots have been opening up so keep checking back. We won’t be releasing any more spots as we’re already above the venue’s capacity.Matt from Redfin

        1. fredwilson

          i updated the post to include the pingg link

  10. Ruchit Garg

    homepage of naked truth says they can entertain 400 people, but they have restricted entries about 250 people…:(Added myself to the waitlist, but i have no hopes that i can get the chance.

  11. leapy

    On a totally different level, while reading your post I just realised AGAIN how much the internet has changed normal life.I was reading through your article and saw your link to the Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion and thought ” I have never been to Seattle, I wonder what it looks like” (I am based in London, UK) so I just followed the link and clicked on Street View and there I was on the pavement. I then went for a wander round the nearby streets and really enjoyed seeing a place that realistically I may never visit in my lifetime.I know everyone does this all the time but this was the first time that I *caught myself* doing it. So, for that alone, I hope the event goes well.

    1. fredwilson

      Guess what. I did the exact same thing when I saw the link on my post. I especially liked the ‘user contributed images’

  12. Gordon

    Hey Fred,Knowing that your bride is a foodie, you must check out the Corson Building in Seattle for dinner. I don’t know if you’re all booked up yet, but this place is over-the-moon fabulous and interesting. Total “locally grown, daily-changing-menu” kind of place. Really, really worth it. I went there last year and had one of the best eating nights ever. It’s kind of out-of-the-way, though.Here’s a review (it’s quite famous.)…

    1. fredwilson

      Thanks. We are both foodies but she’s more vocal about it!

  13. ilan peer

    thanks for posting.will be watching the live stream via seattle20.comyou might wanna refer to… for it has most details.

    1. fredwilson

      thanks. i updated the post with that link

  14. jordanmitchell

    Sorry to be missing the event, Fred — am in LA for the next week! Hope you and yours enjoy Seattle.

  15. fredwilson

    I agree with you but I don’t know the answer