Month: December 2010

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Joe Paterno Edition

After two years of hard work, I have finally made it back here to Penn State for my victory lap (the last week of my MBA program).  This got me to thinking, does Penn State have anything to do with Sauerkraut.  Google says…  Turns out Penn State has a standard…

Can Public and/or Stupid Stimulus Money Stimee Smart Investments?

I had an interesting discussion with one of my colleagues the other day.  It started over Twitter and then continued in the office.  I had posted a link to a Fred Wilson blog post that suggested that VCs may currently be chasing there tales in the same way that bankers…

On The Move

Today’s the big day that I officially move back to Pittsburgh.  I’ve got the truck all packed up and I’m sitting in my empty office with only my computer remaining to be boxed up.  So I thought I’d take a minute and do two quick lists; things I’ll miss about…

Pittsburgh Property Values a Good Sign for Growth?

A couple weeks ago Chris Briem had a great link to this article entitled “Startup City”.  The article is written by Harvard economist Edward Glaser and begins (the first 2/3 or so) by detailing several points in New York’s history where the city faced economic challenges only to be saved…

Being What You Do

In my check of blogs this morning I ran across this bit of wisdom from Seth Godin, “There’s no rigid line between a job and art. Instead, there’s an opportunity. Both you and your boss get to decide if your job is a platform or just a set of tasks.” …

Why Groupon Should Have Sold

In some of the bigger news this month Google tried, and failed, to buy Groupon for some $6 Billion (with a B).  The immediate response from the startup community was, “Go Groupon!  Turning back the tide on one of the giant monoliths!”   The article I linked to reports that Groupon…

Did The Tech Industry Just Select a Solution to the Cell Phone ID Problem?

[T]he Nexus S has Near Field Communication (NFC) built in — a new feature that Gingerbread adds support for.  At this point you probably won’t have many reasons to have it activated (you can shut it off to preserve battery), but NFC is likely to prove very important over the…

Sauerkraut Sunday: Waynesville Sauerkraut Festival

I have mentioned Sauerkraut festivals during Sauerkraut Sundays, but I think I may have found one that takes the kraut.  The Waynesville festival (held on the second full weekend in October only 4 hours from here) seems to be a doozy.  The front page of the website (www.sauerkrautfestival.com) proclaims, “our…

Three Great Pieces on Our Industry Today

I don’t normally do the standard news recaps on this blog.  It is what I usually use Twitter and Sauerkraut Sundays for.  I normally only post about a story in this space if I have something significant to add to it.  However, today there are three pieces that I felt…

Electric Car Growth and the Dependent Build Out

I was extremely excited about the fact that GE is buying 25,000 electric cars.  Electric cars are infeasible for most of us.  The Chevy Volt, for example, can only get 25-50 miles on batteries only (requiring gasoline to go from there).  When I take my car out, it’s usually to…