Anti-Imperial Sentiments

Old World Agencies,
I write this to you at the risk of sounding grumpy, but I must ask you a simple question. Why does it take you so many people to do what you do?
With warm regard,
Inform Ventures
[Editor’s note: this is an abbreviated form of the message that I received]

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Man, if you click on “old world” on their site, it goes to Ogilvy. BURN!

  2. That’s some good stuff. The down economy is perfect for talking to prospective clients about the level of pointless bullshit most agencies bring, and how a smart group of freelancers can accomplish anything and everything an agency offers for less. It’s sweet revenge for those years of canceling night weekend plans and starting over from scratch in the eleventh hour because a new layer of agency middle management decided to involve themselves in your project.