Last week, the "boys" on HBO's Entourage threw a b-day party for Vinnie and, amazingly, got sponsorships from Victoria's Secret, Grey Goose and others. Models with skimpy Secret garments showed up along with cases of Grey Goose. A great idea, I thought. A few nights later, at the NY Tech Meetup, Silicon Alley mover/shaker Gene DeRose presented Houseparty.com, a website where companies seeking to promote products/services can "sponsor" house parties. Sure, Gene is pushing chocolate, soda and other things right now, but the idea is clearly scalable to the Entourage level.
Gene, a founder of Jupiter Research, impressed the audience with his pitch, one of the best we've seen at Tech Meetup.