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Perpetual Promotion Machine: Larry Chiang

by Larry Chiang on August 15, 2011

Larry Chiang teaches at a school that he could not get into and wrote a sequel to a book he read and re-read one time too many. He edits the Bloomberg BusinessWeek channel “What They Don’t Teach You at Business School”. After speaking at a school in the Boston area, Harvard Business wrote: “What They Don’t Teach You at Stanford Business School“ (the same title as his NY Times bestseller). He launched his book at a fashion show in NY called Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and wrote, “What a Supermodel Can Teach a Stanford MBA”. If you liked “9 VCs You’re Gonna Want to Avoid” and “How to Get Man-Charm”, you will like his latest post:

Perpetual Promotion Machine: Larry Chiang

By Remmy Oxley
(Unedited by Larry Chiang)

There is a perpetual promotional force of nature here in Silicon Valley. His name is Larry Chiang.

Goodness, he is really, really good at promotion. The guy sits on dizzying number of board seats (12 I know of) and is not a VC nor an angel investor. In the same way that cold fusion and perpetual motion using magnets are the promise of free energy, so is Larry Chiang’s use of events, social media and conferences to build momentum on itself. I basically said conferences twice because I can’t go to one where he isn’t speaking, hosting or promoting something.

He even tweeted:

All of his stuff promotes his other stuff.

This guy makes David Geffen look like a non- Operator.

Well, I learned something that is truly horrifying. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University. Extremely effen prestigious… From my research, the first.

And he even has a movie deal brewing: ProsperAss based on his 386 page book with 280 pictures which I will not name. I heard from a trusted friend that he met to ink a deal and that Scooter Braun may be co-producing. Re-cock-ulous. The twitter account has followers already. The kid even blogged movie quotes from a movie that isn’t made yet. He even convinced a large Christian organization to promote / produce it. THE MOVIE IS ABOUT STRIPPERS.

What effen gives.

Stanford EIR?! Movie deal?!

But did Stanford even check his academic references?! A simple call to 217-333-1000 could confirm whether or not he got a diploma. Forget about engineering… did he even get a degree in ANYTHING?!

He is extremely charming. I will give him that.

I will even say he is over-the-top awkwardly good looking. No, I am not in the gay mafia. The Ford Modelling agency did confirm he is on the active roster. He is also schedule to appear at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Hours of research and all I could confirm was that he is good looking and charming.

Someone call the registrar’s office at the University of Illinois in Urbana / Champaign: 217-333-1000.

In the same way that he claims he worked at a Chemical Sales Engineer and that he graduated with the highest starting compensation of $170k…, there is zero record of his ever having been enrolled in a chemistry class. He claims Steven Zumdahl is a mentor. Chiang even cited and sourced Zumdahl in his books and blog posts. Zumdahl is the author of “Chemistry”. It is one of the most used Chem textbooks on the planet. I bet Chiang just bought the book off of Amazon. And then I bet Chiang started emailing Steven Zumdahl versus really being in his class.

Here is another whopper. Duck9 with all of its users and real sales is not even a registered corporation. Vapor Incorporated.

Its like he just appeared. Made up a bunch of stuff out of nothing. Made up a family that all went Ivy. Made a bunch of money in credit*. Charmed a senator that became president**. Charmed college students***. Charmed entrepreneurs and mentored using “Guacamole” recipes??. Video. Built a legendary brand for himself with charm and a boatload of moxie.

These questions linger:
– How did he insert himself into the PayPal mafia so thoroughly?
– How does he know the editor of this blog, Tony Perkins so well?
– Did he ever sell cars?
– How did he get all the random knowledge that he possess. See quora.
– What is his real agenda?

I just don’t get it.

I don’t blame you for falling for any of it cuz I did too.

I gave him money to the ReverseVC pitch party in Austin at SXSW. Sure, I did not get cheated and sure he is a great time and sure I got a personal uptik in brand by aligning with him… But I just feel so duped that he was never in engineering school.

Here is the kicker. I bet he is a snot nosed 27 year old kid just pretending to be a seasoned veteran and somehow assumed the identity of a credit executive. Or he sold his soul.

Here is the whopper. I bet when he reads this slap to his face– that he will actually like it. I bet he actually executes his own book’s Chapter 11 and propels himself forward. Its his chapter on ‘Failure’.

This video was taken guerilla style off the Villagio Resort deck. Its probably something he crashed.

If you liked this…
Larry’s mentor Mark McCormack wrote this in 1983.
His own book came out 09-09-09. It is called ‘What They Don’t Teach You At Stanford Business School

*** BONUS ***
a party invite for you…

This post was drafted in an hour and needs your edits… email me if you see a spelling or grammatical error(s)… larry@larrychiang com

Larry Chiang started his first company UCMS in college. He mimicked his mentor, Mark McCormack, founder of IMG who wrote the book, “What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School”.
Chiang is a keynote speaker and bestselling author and spoke at Congress and World Bank.

Text or call him during office hours 11:11am or 11:11pm PST +/-11 minutes at 650-283-8008. Due to the volume of calls, he may place you on hold like a Scottsdale Arizona customer service rep. If you email him, be sure to include your cell number in the subject line. If you want him to email you his new articles…, ask him in an email :-)

You can read more equally funny, but non-founder-focused-lessons on Larry’s Amazon blog .

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