PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- So much for the free flow of information.
My attempt to cover the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium in Palm Springs, Calif., was cut short Tuesday as representatives of the brokerage firm told me they wouldn't permit online reporters to cover the event. That means that despite my efforts, our readers won't have the benefit of first-hand reporting on presentations by important tech companies or the thoughts of the influential money managers in attendance. Oh well. At least I got a margarita out of it before they banned me for good.
story covering the first day of the Goldman conference was published at 4 p.m. PDT, things quickly changed. Just an hour and a half later, during a predinner cocktail hour, a uniformed guard approached me and asked to escort me from the premises. I asked who sent him, and if I could speak to that person. He went off, telling me to wait in the vicinity. A tray of drinks zipped by, so I grabbed a margarita and began chatting with a money manager from ... well, let's just say he's a good guy. Twenty minutes later, and still no sign of the guard, I left. at Goldman . You cannot go to any of the presentations or you will be banned from all of our conferences and next year's conference." When I responded that I was already banned from this year's event, she replied, "I can really screw you, so don't mess with me."