Archives / June, 2010

Take the Time to Acknowledge Management’s Performance

I’ve been in several board meetings over the past month where the companies are having a killer Q2.  A year ago everyone was still pretty rattled from the financial crisis and there was plenty of belt tightening, consternation, and general anxiety.  By Q409 we’d had a number of companies we are investors in end the…

Gearbox’s Smart Ball

Gearbox, one of the teams that I’m mentoring in this year’s TechStars Boulder program, is starting to blog about their product.  One of their taglines is “reinventing the ball” and while this potentially generates plenty of 14 year old boy jokes it’s pretty amazing stuff. The ball, which consists of a custom circuit board inside…

Founders 2010 #6: We’re Not Alone

After a long and awesome day in Seattle ending with a great dinner with the BigDoor board at Emmer & Rye, I came back to my room and watched Episode 6 of this year’s TechStars Founders video serious. It was about the TechStars reunion event and included scenes from the world’s largest Ignite event as…

How MIT Could Help With A Different Approach to the BP Gulf Crisis

Do you remember the “Let’s Build a Filter” scene from Apollo 13?  It remains – at least in my mind – one of the most heroic engineering scenes in the movies.  The one minute segment with the meat of the scene follows: Several times over the past week the BP Gulf Crisis has come up…

Risk Takers – Pogoplug and RedLaser

It is so nice to be back in Boulder after my 10 hours trip home from New York yesterday that included a lot of time on tarmacs, a diverted landing in Colorado Springs, and an I-25 road trip.  I really want a personal portable teleportation machine. I’m about to head out for a run but…

Discovering At Least One Awesome Thing A Day On My Mac

I’m a week into using a Mac as my primary computer and loving it.  Every day I discover at least one little thing that makes me go “why the fuck didn’t my PC ever do that.” Today’s was the time zone thing.  For two decades I’ve been bedeviled by time zones whenever I travel.  For…

Oblong is Hiring

Jason and I were at an Oblong board meeting last week and spent the entire day at the company. It’s grown a lot over the past few months and it was fun to spend time with a number of folks we hadn’t met before. The first Oblong baby was born while we were all eating…

The Magic of Email Conversations

In the mid 1990’s I used an email client that did a pretty good job of “threading conversations.”   The UI was kind of crummy, but it did some interesting things.  It was called Lotus Notes.  I also invested in a company called NetGenesis that made the first threaded web discussion software based on a…

eBay Acquires RedLaser

Another TechStars company has been acquired.  Well – part of it has been acquired.  Today it was announced that eBay has acquired the RedLaser product from Occipital. The Occipital guys tell the story in their post titled Arrival at the Launchpad. Occipital’s founders – Jeff and Vikas – are the epitome of bootstrap entrepreneurs.  Every…

Startupbootcamp – TechStars Global Affiliate in Compenhagen

Recently, TechStars began expanding outside the United States through its new TechStars Global Affiliate program.  From experience, we know that investing internationally from the United States is difficult.  However, the demand from entrepreneurs throughout the world for a TechStars-like program has been substantial.  So, TechStars opted for an affiliate model which gives the local partner the…