Gary Vaynerchuk, the outspoken CEO and founder of agency VaynerMedia, came to Advertising Week after facing a weekend of backlash on Twitter.
A photo of Vaynerchuk holding a sign that encourages people to work for free has been circulating widely on social media, along with criticism from people who say it’s a bad idea for creatives to give away their work. (One comment, “no no. don’t work for free. that’s dumb,” has over 4,600 likes.) The photo was lifted from a blog post he had written where he explains his position.