I just started getting invited to wine receptions lately. It’s a very “businessy” thing to do. I like to drink, but have only been consuming beer and cranberry vodka up to this point. As I move “upward” in my career, I’ve come to realize that three topics really help conversation in the internet business world: having a good knowledge of wine, knowing how to golf, and knowing how to optimize server capacity.
I am athletically challenged(though I’m decent on wii), not technical enough to know server capacity tricks (though I do have an engineering degree), so wine talk is my only way to relate to other people at these mixers. Really, a typical conversation at a Silicon Valley mixer goes:
Tech entrepreneur: what do you do?
Me: I work on a fashion website.
Tech entrepreneur: oh, yeah? Interesting!
Tech entrepreneur: yeah, I have no sense of fashion. I need help.
Ricky got me a book on wine over Christmas, I really should start reading it to help lengthen my conversations to more than two minutes.
Anyway, this is what I wore to a wine reception this week. Black is always the way to go.