Bold Move — Tech Companies Are Hiring Models To Pose As Party Guests

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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Tech companies are reportedly hiring models to pose as guests for upcoming Christmas parties.

Bloomberg reported the following:

Local modeling agencies, which work with Facebook- and Google-size companies as well as much smaller businesses and the occasional wealthy individual, say a record number of tech companies are quietly paying $50 to $200 an hour for each model hired solely to chat up attendees. For a typical party, scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 8, Cre8 Agency LLC is sending 25 women and 5 men, all good-looking, to hang out with “pretty much all men” who work for a large gaming company in San Francisco, says Cre8 President Farnaz Kermaani. The company, which she wouldn’t name, has handpicked the models based on photos, made them sign nondisclosure agreements, and given them names of employees to pretend they’re friends with, in case anyone asks why he’s never seen them around the foosball table.

I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that hate this move, but I love it. This might not seem like a genius idea at all for a rational person. I’m sure there are plenty of things to nitpick, find potential problems with or get worried about. I couldn’t care less.

This is the definition of a no harm/no foul type of situation. You think those coding geeks are going to know any better? They’re probably just happy to have a smoke show talk to them. And before all of you jump down my throat for that comment, I’m as nerdy as they come. I love nerds, nerdy women are the best and this is a common fact. That’s a shade different from some of the people you can pull out of a tech company. They probably haven’t seen the sun in weeks.

I’m all for any plan that gets the Christmas party lit. Personally, I don’t care if these women are models or not. I know I’m not marrying these women. I’m at the Christmas party for a good time. I’m not there for a long time. This isn’t a relationship building exercise or situation. It’s a situation to get out of control. Embrace the chaos.

Also, this was literally in at least one episode of “Silicon Valley.” It looks like reality is starting to mirror fiction.

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