February, 2008

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10 Insights From 11 Months Of Working At Google

Occam's Razor

It will soon be a year of working at Google and milestones are always a good time for introspection. This post shares that experience. In Mt. You can.

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Christine: How The Geek Squad Propagates a Service Culture

Christine.net

The mercurial Robert Stephens is not only a two-time college dropout, he's also the founder of The Geek Squad.

The meaning of life

Venture Cyclist

I happen to care about the meaning of life. think Monty Python's The Meaning of Life is their best movie, and Douglas Adams treatment of the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything is more sublime than the output of most philosophers. Whimsy

Do You Have Conviction and Discipline?

Ask The VC

Today's great VC blog post once again comes from Fred Wilson and is titled Conviction and Discipline. Having made a lot of investing mistakes in 1999 and 2000, I learned this lesson many times over. It's also consistent with the

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Bill Gates is LinkedIn, and Kay Luo works miracles. - Master of.

500 Hats

Bill Gates is LinkedIn Originally uploaded by davemc500hats damn. that's impressive.

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Lifestyle 3.0

Venture Cyclist

I overheard someone today, telling everyone that he is getting his genome sequenced and that he will be storing it in his PHR (personal health record). It will be a while before this is available to most of us, and even longer before this will be useful. However this set off a stream of thought. Lifestyle 3.0: "I am the center of the internet."

Do You Have Conviction and Discipline? | Ask The VC

Ask The VC

Today's great VC blog post once again comes from Fred Wilson and is titled Conviction and Discipline. Having made a lot of investing mistakes in 1999 and

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Other People's Platforms: You Down With OPP? Yeah, U Know Me.

500 Hats

i really wanted to go with the above headline on my O'Reilly Radar post about social networks & platforms. oh well. for those in the

To stealth or not to stealth

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

We've announced four initial Foundry investments (Lijit, Memeo, Oblong and Zynga) - in press releases by the companies, on our personal blogs or on the new Foundry web site. Truth be told, we've made a fifth investment which we're not

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Where's Dan Now? #3

Florida Venture Blog

Well, just like WDN #1 , you folks solved WDN #2 faster than I expected. Where is this Papa John's commercial being shot? Thanks for playing along!

Christine: Virgin: 200 Businesses, One Culture and One Brand

Christine.net

As the company lore goes, Virgin started in the 1970's as a student newspaper.

YC: 7 Weeks In

Founders at Work - Blog

When Chris Sacca talks, people listen. It’s 7 weeks into Y Combinator's winter funding cycle and we’re in the thick of things now.

Choosing Board Members

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson has today's outstanding post titled Thoughts on Choosing Board Members. I've sat on a number of boards with Fred and agree completely with everything he said in his post

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Securitizing Happiness (v0.9): Solving the World's Problems by.

500 Hats

For the first time i tried to put together my earlier thoughts on Securitizing Happiness, and gave a brief presentation at O'Reilly Collective Intelligence Foo Camp to people a lot smarter than me. Here is the rough first cut

Is Amazon Kindle Really a Successful Product?

Entrepreneurship Blog

Is Amazon Kindle really a successful product? What product wouldn't sell well with this kind of placement?

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Where's Dan Now? #2

Florida Venture Blog

As I shared in my first Where's Dan Now? post, I'm on the road a lot. Today's pic is very different than last time. Enjoy! must be missing something.

Christine: Have You Heard of the Col-Pop?

Christine.net

The 10 laws of SaaS unveiled at Bessemer CEO Summit

Cracking the Code

2007 was a turning point for the SaaS industry with the

Power and Spooky Minds

Ask The VC

Two great VC posts today. The first is from my partner Seth Levine titled The power paradox and discusses "power" (not that kind that runs your computer.) The second is from Rick Segal and is a look inside the spooky place he calls his

Lack Management Support or Buy-in? Embarrass Them!

Occam's Razor

You know exactly what is necessary in order for your company to achieve Web Analytics 2.0 greatness. " Or one of many such variations. Yes 100.

Open Source Installfest for Schools

Entrepreneurship Blog

Untangle and the ACCRC are organizing an installfest to donate hundreds of open source computers to Bay Area schools on recycled hardware.

Bobby G: Adventure Capitalist.er Business and Asset Consolidator

Florida Venture Blog

I've seen people make money in a lot of ways in this world. The MOJO show Bobby G: Adventure Capitalist reminded me of that fact.

Christine: Alex Frankel on How Employees Create Brand

Christine.net

how are brands defined by their internal culture? how are customer-facing employees defining and marketing their company's brand?

F youtube, Viddler Is The Sh*t!

Steve Poland

Seriously, the thing I think is the coolest ever is what Viddler has done with their videos — users can add comments throughout a video. It's interesting to watch a video and see all the user comments pop-up as commentary throughout the

Why Isn't There A Network or Hub Connecting Venture Capitalists.

Ask The VC

One of the questions we get often is whether or not there is a central clearinghouse or hub (social network?) where VCs and entrepreneurs can connect. The idea is that VCs would find good deals and entrepreneurs would find funding

Huge Newsweek Article for Xobni

Startup Marketing Blog

Newsweek published an article today that clearly positions Xobni as the leader among companies addressing the ubiquitous issue of "dissatisfaction with swelling inboxes."

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ProfessorVC: 4 Lessons of Entrepreneurship

Professor VC

For golfer's, Ben Hogan's Five Lessons is a classic. While the golf courses and equipment have certainly changed over the five decades since this was published, this tutorial is still relied upon by professionals and amateurs

Stage6 Explodes Onto the Video Scene (HD Video: House of Flying Daggers)

Florida Venture Blog

HD video sharing site Stage6.com has had an impressive first few months. Alexa and Compete graphs tell the same story -- explosive growth.

Christine: Moores Law Rescued: Stanford, Toshiba Create Fast Nanotube Chip

Christine.net

for comparison, the typical iphone

Eat Your Own Dogfood

Will Price

Guest post by Hummer Winblad's Lars Leckie.Lars drove our firm's investment in Aria Systems and, most recently, vKernel. Last week Phil Wainewright wrote a great post (as he always does) called SaaS vendors, eat your own dogfood, or die. In the post, he describes how SaaS companies need to embrace the SaaS services available in the ecosystem.

Pondering Bridges

Ask The VC

Rob Shurtleff (known as his blog as FOO Rob) has a great post up titled Bridges to Nowhere. While this belongs in Fred Wilson's archive of VC Cliches, it's a good explanation of how bridges can fail to support a startup

Startups Need Guys Like Andy Grove (Former CEO of Intel)

Startup Marketing Blog

Adam Smith, co-founder of Xobni, recently posted an excerpt on his blog from Andy Grove's autobiography. link] Adam's excerpt gives a glimpse into the determination that drove Andy Grove's success

Ideas Are Easy - Startups and angels: Along the way to success

Tim Keane

but execution is hard. It's axiomatic that a bunch of bright people can dream up any number of ideas for startups. In any venture, however, relentless attention to the details is what separates the real winners from the also-rans

Yes We Can, Sell the Sizzle

Florida Venture Blog

There are a few sayings in marketing, sales and fundraising that involve "Sizzle" and "Steak". The most common is to "Sell the Sizzle, not the Steak".