Guero's, March 10 2002

About seven and a half years ago, a bunch of us went to dinner in Austin, TX. Since then, a lot of us made websites or companies or children or all of the above. I'll need your help to label them all, and to mention any projects I forgot.


(Later, I convinced the waitress to present a Sharpie & an 8x10 glossy photo of John Tesh to Jeff Veen when he arrived, so that he could autograph it for the restaurant's wall. I had never met Jeff before that moment, but he took it pretty well.)


Represented at this table are founders or creators of:


Adaptive Path





Get Satisfaction




Mighty Girl

Six Apart/Movable Type/TypePad


TypeKit/Small Batch


And the guy who coined the word "blog" is in there, too. Later on we were joined by the guy who coined the term "Ajax". In the years since, some of these folks have also gone on to join companies like Facebook, Google and Yahoo.


I blame all of these people equally.

  • harold 6y

    I see Nick Denton and Molly Steenson in there. And some other people who I should recognize and will be embarrassed when they get tagged.
  • Ron Mwangaguhunga 6y

    guilty, all of you!

    (...and, thanks)
  • ezrakilty 6y

    Sweet, there are two symmetrical Jay Allens. Just like real life.
  • Brad Graham 6y

    The Tesh/Veen incident:

  • Bruce Colwin 6y

    Where's Waldo?
  • Glenn Fleishman 6y

    [confused Peter M with Jorn B, sorry]
  • jeb 6y

    Thanks. When the user-generated panopticon gives rise to SkyNet, I'll know where to set my DeLorean's time circuits to avert the crisis.
  • Andrew Crow 6y

    Peter still has those pants.
  • Jay Allen 6y

    My GAWD what a bunch of nerd-do-wells... The best part of that night Brad has captured in the picture.

    "Mr. Tesh, I happened to have your picture with me, can I get your autograph?"'

    I mean, think about that for a second. That's some serious work put in to make that joke run flawlessly. It's not like you can get a headshot of John Tesh just anywhere. Yep, they don't make jokes like the used to.

    Or hair products, judging by Ice Ice Becker....
  • Jesse Gardner 6y

    Man, Jay Allen really gets around!
  • Jay Allen 6y

    Shhhh! Don't tell my wife...

    I wonder how many books have been authored by that room of people?
  • Jennifer Robbins 6y

    I remember this dinner vividly. Some of the people I met that night went on to become my best friends.
  • Hugger Industries 6y

    Before my time at SXSW, checked my photos and found Coudal and Fried having breakfast tacos in 08

    Breakfast Tacos by Hugger Industries
  • Cameron Barrett 6y

    I don't think I was at this dinner, unless that's me waaaay in the back wearing the apron and the serving cap. I have a bunch of pictures from that years' SXSW.
  • Maggie Mason 6y

    What I remember most is the wait to get that damn table.
  • Stewart Butterfield 6y

    Wow - that seems so, so long ago.
  • Jason Levine 6y

    I love the internet -- Brad seems to have more images of this meal here, here, here.
  • Bryan Mason 6y

    This was 80% of the SxSWi attendees that year. And 50% of the presenters.
  • Nima Badiey 6y

    You need to overlay the heads with the companies they founded too!
  • Chris Freeland 5y

    I hope you'll consider adding this & other photos of Brad to the group Celebrating TheBrad.
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