Archives / July, 2010

The House Advantage

As I watch Amy scurry around and put the final touches on our Homer house before we leave to go home to Boulder, I thought I’d stay out of the way and write a quick final book post on The House Advantage.  I read a bunch more books the past two weeks but ran out…

The Buzz on Angel and Seed Investing Continues

Ah – well – another day passed and there was once again a ton of chatter around angel investing.  A lot of it was prompted by AngelConf 2010 which you can watch recordings of on Justin.tv (AngelConf 2010 Part 1 and AngelConf 2010 Part 2).  While there continues to be plenty of negative VC tone…

Reverse Flips

Like most of the blogosphere, I’ve been trying to use Flipboard since its extraordinarily well executed (or well hyped – I can’t tell yet) announcement.  But, like almost everyone I know, I can’t get it to authenticate Twitter or Facebook.  Two days ago I entered in my email address to reserve my place in line….

Excellent Summary of Berkeley Patent Survey Results

In 2008 I was invited by Pamela Samuelson, who I met through several Silicon Flatiron events, to be on an advisory board at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.  I attended the one meeting that we had and a subsequent symposium and wrote about it in the post Entrepreneurial Companies and the Patent System….

Founders 2010 #10: People Product Market

This week’s special guest are Jeff Clavier from SoftTech VC and Rob Hayes from First Round Capital.  Among other things, you get to hear Jeff define the Three Asses Rule and Rob explain what happens after you finish the TechStars program.  As a special bonus, there’s a cute clip of me near the end watching…

AngelList Boulder and Some Thoughts on Seed Investing

I got a note from Nivi, the creator of AngelList, over the weekend saying that he’d put up a special page for angel investors in Boulder.  He’s looking for the local Boulder angels to add their names to the list.  Gang – let’s get ’em up – if you are an angel investor and based in…

The PicturePhone Has Arrived

While I still don’t have my jetpack, I do have my picturephone. I was four when the AT&T PicturePhone appeared on the scene. This dude went through a lot of iterations over the year – my favorite is in this Western Electric ad. This morning as I was drinking my coffee, waking up, and trying…

Comic Sans Fights Back

Last week there was a kerfuffle over Standing Cloud’s use of the Papyrus font for their logo. It was kind of cute and endearing and my pals at Standing Cloud reacted with appropriate contrition over offending the font police. Today I came across a brilliant McSweeney article (thanks to @daveschappell) on Comic Sans titled I’m…

Founders 2010 #9: Conditions of Extreme Uncertainty

Eric Ries is this week’s guest star on The Founders.  Eric is an incredible speaker and is traveling the world on a mission to help people stop wasting other people’s time.  If you don’t follow Eric’s thoughts on Lean Startups on his blog Lessons Learned, you should. You get a little taste of the shift…

Looking For Skype and Mac Integration Hints

Well my Mac experiment is going extremely well.  I’m not sure I remember how to use a Windows PC, nor am I sure why I’d want to. I’m using a Mac that is at least a year old (2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB RAM) so I’m not even tuned to the…