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Last week, I had the opportunity to meet Gary Vaynerchuk at a book signing/networking event at World Market in St. Louis. Now, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t seen many of his videos and have never purchased a bottle of wine in my life, so I certainly can’t claim to be his biggest fan. However, after meeting him, I can safely say that this is one guy that really knows what he’s talking about, especially when it comes to knowing where the web is going. On top of that, he’s super nice.
After standing in line for about 20 minutes to get a signed copy of “Crush It,” I met Gary, shook his hand, and told him I had a strange request. My buddy Brad(@imbradmiller) couldn’t make it to the event because he was stuck at the office working late. Naturally, I had to rub it in that he couldn’t be there so I thought, “what’s better than putting him on the phone with Gary Vaynerchuk? Nothing.” So I handed my iPhone to Gary with Brad on the line. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I do remember him cursing at Brad, asking him why wasn’t able to make it. After joking with him a bit, he let him know that he was genuinely sorry he couldn’t be there. After hanging up with Brad, Gary signed a book for me and proceeded to kick my butt in an epic thumb wrestling match.
After the signing, Gary spoke for at least an hour. I think the most important thing he spoke on had to do with the companies he’s been investing in, Gowalla and Matt Galligan’s own SimpleGeo. After the event/talk, there were quite a few of us who went over to Robust Wine Bar and had some time to talk with Gary in a much more casual setting. I also met some awesome folks from the Social Media Club St. Louis. All in all, it was a great event and I’m certainly glad I was able to participate and spend a little time getting to know the Jets-loving Gary Vaynerchuk.
The video I posted is part 1 in a series of 7 videos posted by Karen Goodman (@karenstl), a real estate agent in the area, who runs a blog called Arch City Homes. I would encourage you to watch all the videos if you have time, as the advice and information he shares are indispensable. And also, big thanks to Karen for posting the videos!
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