LIVEBLOG: Reporting from Bachmanity Insanity
By: C.J. Cantwell
The wind is blowing across the Bay tonight as party guests pack in a boat to Alcatraz Island for Bachmanity Insanity, a sure-to-be-dazzling event hosted by Bachmanity Capital (please note our disclosure here: Bachmanity is an investor in Code/Rag). Check back here for live updates.
This liveblog has concluded. Posts have been compiled below in chronological order.
7:47 p.m. En route to the Rock. I’m standing next to Aaron “Double A” Anderson, who was as charming as ever even if there wasn’t any Homicide onboard. He tells me they usually have it at the café.
8:02 p.m. As we approach the island, Bachmanity Insanity is lit up with searchlights against a breathtaking backdrop of the Bay Bridge. I asked one of the many VC-types how he got an invite. “Not sure, Erlich Bachman invited me. No idea who he is. Or what this party is for, to be honest.”
8:07 p.m. Giant Tiki heads loom over us as we enter. A crowd has gathered by the fire dancer to keep warm.
8:12 p.m. Having trouble deciding between the Piña “Suck It” Colada and the Rum “Suck My Balls” Swizzle at the bar. Odd choices for drink names but the bartender assures me they do not actually taste like balls. Some engineers—including the talented Jared Patakian—are discussing how the right Mai Tai could theoretically prevent hangovers.
8:23 p.m. Bighetti and Bachman have arrived! Bachman in a loud fuchsia lei and Hawaiian shirt, Bighetti playing it low key and smart in a hoodie-jacket combo.
8:32 p.m. They’re taking the stage… Bachman seems a bit bitter for a party, but Bighetti cuts the tension with a joke about “Aloha.” We’re being welcomed to the “greatest launch of a company since America itself!”
8:37 p.m. Bachman in the crowd now, loudly telling Double A how the company is doing great financially.
8:39 p.m. Now Bachman’s with Patakian, saying how it’s a pity the young engineer missed his chance to be part of the legacy that is Bachmanity Capital.
8:41 p.m. After Bachman moved on, I overheard Patakian and his crew debating the best way to roast a pig. The one here looks amazing, but I’ve been filling up on breaded Humuhumunukunukuapua`a.
8:42 p.m. Now they’re talking about home brewing.
8:45 p.m. The temperature is preserving our leis beautifully. It’s like we’re in one of those floral refrigerators.
8:47 p.m. The invite said 8-10 but things seem to be wrapping up. An event planner-type is with Bachman, who’s asking about returning the Tiki heads early for a possible discount.
8:51 p.m. Back on the boat! Bighetti and Bachman appear to be strapping a Tiki head to a small boat. They see us, and Bachman shouted up about cost-savings and how Bachmanity Capital always maximizes profits. He then asked Big Head if he could tie a knot. Always the charmer, Bighetti responded, “I can tie my shoes.”