Archives / October, 2009

Maniacal Crazy People

Three of my VC friends (Santo Politi, Mark Suster, and Kate Mitchell) were on Fox Business’ Capitalist Ad”Ventures” series.  The underlying theme of this segment was the characteristics of entrepreneur that VCs look for. Fox doesn’t seem to have embeds, so you’ll have to use this URL to watch “The Future of Venture Capitalism”. While…

Home Networking Is A Crappy Phrase

We spend a lot of time talking about “computers in the home” as part of our Digital Life theme.  Over the past year, I’ve heard the phrase “Home Networking” with increasing frequency.  It made the rounds a while back (anyone remember when it was called a HAN – home area network) but seemed to fade…

Entrepreneurs Unplugged – Steve Halstedt and Nir Barkat

There are two CU Silicon Flatirons Entrepreneurs Unplugged events next week – one on Monday November 2nd at CU Boulder in Atlas Room 100 and one on Wednesday November 4th at the Denver Art Museum. The 11/2 Entrepreneurs Unplugged is with Steve Halstedt, the co-founder of Centennial Ventures.  Steve co-founded Centennial in 1981 and was…

Oblong on Bloomberg Innovators

Bloomberg TV is running a show called Bloomberg Innovators.  One of our portfolio companies – Oblong – is the focus of the first episode that airs this Friday (10/30) on Bloomberg TV at 9pm and 11pm ET.  As a special bonus, Jason and my Donkey Kong machine are in the trailer and both Jason and…

Snow Day In Eldorado Springs

In case you were wondering what the Boulder Snowstorm resulted in (so far – it’s still coming down) at my house in Eldorado Springs, here you go! So there is no ambiguity, my dog Kenai loves it. And – no surprise, so does Brooks!

Add Another Zero

Talking about scale and growth is hard.  Many people talk in percentages in pre-determined time periods (e.g. let’s grow revenue 100% next year).  I find this to be relatively useless.  Instead, I like to challenge people to think on a bigger scale over a variable time period.  My favorite line of late is “add another…

Time To Sign Up For Defrag

The Defrag Conference in Denver is just around the corner – November 11 and 12 to be exact.  Eric Norlin has put together a remarkable agenda for this one including an incredible closing panel titled Cluetrain at 10 starring JP Rangaswami, Chris Locke, Doc Searls, and Rick Levine.  This will celebrate the 10th anniversary of…

Wonder Where I Am?

One of the challenges of living your life out in the open is signaling where you are going to be.  I’ve struggled with this on and off, tried a bunch of different web services, and have never been happy with any of them.  I’m going to keep trying, but in the mean time I’ve decided…

It’s Not My Company

VCs say a lot of stupid things.  I’m guilty of it plenty and whenever someone calls me on it I try to acknowledge and change.  One that I try really hard not to do is say “my company” when referring to companies I’ve invested in – I think it’s one of the most annoying things…

Ask a Ninja on Net Neutrality

On the heels of the FCC doing what everyone expected them to do today with regard to Net Neutrality, I thought I’d remind you of the awesome Ask a Ninja on Net Neutrality from 2006.