Month: June 2010

Too Long for Twitter, But I Wanted to Share

I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all….

On Public Funding of Private Start-ups

Audrey Watters at ReadWriteStart, a startup focused spin-off of the popular blog ReadWriteWeb, has created a post that asks the question, “Should City Governments Sponsor Seed Funds?”  It’s an interesting question, a difficult one.  The story focuses on an unpopular measure that provides for a $500,000 fund for Portland. _…

Two Ideas Every Entrepreneur Should Wish They Had

Two companies have come up a lot in the news the last few days that I wish I had conceived of.  There are several types of startups (perhaps a post for another day), but these two are my favorite.  The kind where the customer value can be stated in 1…

Missing the Point at 30,000 Feet

I’m writing this post from onboard a US Airways A321 heading from Charlotte to Boston, which is just really cool.  I’m currently getting 275 kbps download and 150 kbps upload from seat 10A.  As a nerd, I’m tickled pink.  It’s always struck me as overly paranoid that airlines kept you…

Sunday Sauerkraut: The Artistic Flair Edition

I’ve been doing these Sauerkraut Sundays for a while and in that time I’ve gotten a lot of requests for Sauerkraut themed art.  Actually, I haven’t had any such requests; but, I have FOUND some sauerkraut based art!  The photo above is entitled “Choucroute Garni Meal of Sauerkraut: Kielbasa, Veal…

Saturday Musings: My Favorite Time of Year in Pittsburgh

Image from the P-G I was feeling a little homesick this weekend and I thought I’d share as part of my Saturday Musings.  My favorite time of year in Pittsburgh has always been early June, but my appreciation has only grown deeper since I relocated south for a bit (Charlotte,…

Netflix Gets the Scoop that Newspapers Never Did

There has been much press about the fall of newspapers and book publishing in this country.  Truth be told, I feel no sympathy for either one.  The writing was on the wall and they did nothing.  I hope they find a way to succeed, because I think they serve a…

The Cloud Means No Infrastructure Barrier to Entry

Since the beginning of time, one of the biggest problems for startups has been the cost of getting in to business in the first place.  In MBA speak we call this a “barrier to entry”.  IT has always had one of the lowest barriers to entry of any industry.  After…

Don’t Get a Patent, Build a Lead

Image from CodingHorror.com There has been a lot of discussion lately over the use of software patents.  Personally, I find Brad Feld to be both the most entertaining and the most sensible on the subject.  Software patents are designed to protect innovators’ investments in their innovations.  The theory is that…