Month: March 2010

Want to be a VC? Try Being an Early Adopter First

Being a VC is all about learning to invest in companies that are fulfilling a market need in an innovative way (Ok, part of it is about identifying management teams that know what they’re doing but I’m ignoring that part for now).  How does one go about the skill of…

Book Review – 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form

I was just perusing the books on social media at the local book store, when I noticed this book.  I was intrigued by the subtitle, “a style guide for the short form.”  My curiosity got the best of me.  How can you have style in only 140 characters?   What forms…

Sunday Sauerkraut: Steeler Potato Skin Version

The food network made a type of potato skin for each of the NFL teams, guess what’s on the Steeler’s.  You got it! As I go through the week, I use Twitter to send out little updates and links.  I realize that I do this quite a bit and that…

Larry Ellison, Steve Ballmer and an Industry Without a Clue

“The Computer Industry is the only industry that’s more fashion driven then women’s fashion.” –Larry Ellison Towards the end of last year Larry Ellison sat down for an interview and thoroughly bashed cloud computing.  I’ve included the video, and if you’re a nerd like me you should watch it. Actually…

Google's Eating the Enterprise Elephant

I saw something in the news from Google today that isn’t getting as much press as it deserves.  I think there are two reasons this news is being overlooked.  First, it’s an enterprise IT announcement and most Google fans focus exclusively on personal computing innovations out of the software giant….

Book Review – Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin

I enjoyed Godin’s Meatball Sundae and highly recommend it, with a few disclaimers.  It is intended for marketers only, not just anyone who’s interested in social media.  It would also be helpful to have a little bit of a background in social media before you read it. The subtitle to…

A Thesis on Creating a Stratup Ecosystem Report Card

Right up front, I just want to point out:  I would LOVE to see a comment thread form on this post.  I don’t think anyone person can create this report card, so I would love to see your thoughts. Yesterday I spoke about the debate around the NYC Startup Scene…

Recapping and Learning From the NYC Startup Ecosystem Debate

I follow a number of prominent NYC entrepreneurs and VCs (more then I follow in California).  The reason I do this, is that I believe NYC has done a remarkable job over the last 10 years building a unique, powerful startup scene.  I think they are several years ahead of…

Why the Technology Gap Matters to YOU

<soap box> I am pulling out my soap box to address one of the public policies related to technology, the gap between the computer literate, the not-so-much and the not-at-all.  I’m addressing it right now for two reasons.  First, there have been a number of stories in the news that…