August, 2006

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Trinity: A Mindset & Strategic Approach

Occam's Razor

But it took a comment from Lisa Seaman to make me realize that I had not written about the “Trinity” on this blog. So what is the solution?

Christine: David Hornik Learns About Marketing from Syphilis

Christine.net

one of the fun sessions at foo camp today was david hornik's discussion on viral marketing, subtitled "what can we learn from syphilis?"

Pincus Back at Tribe + Orkut Growing Like YouTube?

Entrepreneurship Blog

Mark Pincus is returning as CEO to Tribe.net. Hopefully Mark can reverse this trend. Also interesting to note is how benign Facebook's pageviews are.

PayPerPost: The Consumer Generated Advertising Revolution Has Begun

Florida Venture Blog

Well it's been over a month since PPP launched and the blogosphere hummed with PPP-related class warfare between the elite and mainstream bloggers.

I could have danced all night

Venture Cyclist

One of my other hobbies is Israeli folk dancing. hadn't been dancing since June, and I had missed it. empathize. Whimsy

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Really Pissed at Amazon

Entrepreneurship Blog

Wow, I'm really angry with Amazon. However, I noticed earlier this morning that the Art of the Start had been replaced with an ad for Amazon its self.

Free Energy or Almost Free Publicity?

Florida Venture Blog

With the ethanol bandwagon getting crowded (even I jumped at $33 ADM [Archer Daniels Midland]), I keep looking for that surprise entrant.

Final Prep

Venture Cyclist

Final prep for the Hazon NY Ride. Cycling

Carbon Footprint

Will Price

Update: Andrew Fife sent me a link to TerraPas s , a cool service that allows you to offset your car's carbon emissions for less than $80 a year. Very cool idea. The VC industry recently added a new sector of investment: clean energy. New funds are being raised and new opportunities explored in generating clean energy. pounds coal-fired kwh: 2.0

When All Else Fails.Manipulate The Data - Startups and angels.

Tim Keane

I saw that on a t-shirt worn by a bartender at the Milwaukee Irish Fest last night. have no idea why. But I liked it and it got me thinking about entrepreneurs and investors. Who is responsible when investors

Christine: Growing Numbers of Women at FOO Camp

Christine.net

environment: foo camp, hosted by tim o'reilly at the gorgeous o'reilly media campus in sebastopol.

SpiralFrog: Too Much Management

Entrepreneurship Blog

Fred Wilson wrote a post about Universal offering their entire music catalogue free, but with DRM, through a new startup called SpiralFrog. Mr. Wilson thinks the idea sucks because he would rather pay for media without DRM than get it free with licensing restrictions. If so that could get pretty annoying very quickly. Just how big is SpiralFrog?

That WikiSucks

Florida Venture Blog

SiliconBeat had an interesting article about how China is drawing talented people away from Silicon Valley. Take Wikia for example, a St.

The Importance of Being Ernesto

Venture Cyclist

In Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest", my favorite quote comes when Algernon eats all the cucumber sandwiches before tea with his aunt, Lady Bracknell, and then chastises his butler, Lane, for not having any to serve once Lady Bracknell arrives. guess it's time to get some cycling rain gear. Cycling

The High Cost of Optimism

Will Price

The Standish Group , which analyzes IT projects, reported that in 2004 only 29% of IT projects succeeded, down from 34% in 2002. Cost over-runs from original budgets averaged 56%, and projects on average took 84% more time than originally anticipated. passenger or car traffic) were overly aggressive by an average of 106%.

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Listening to Entrepreneurs - Startups and angels: Along the way to.

Tim Keane

The consistent feedback each semester during my "New Venture Formation" graduate class is that the guest speakers were the highlight of the course. So I was pleased when someone sent me this link to a terrific collection of

Christine: A Winning Business Plan: Bottlecap Porn

Christine.net

There was a terrific, tongue-in-cheek exercise at FOO Camp this weekend called "HalfBaked.com."

Kiko Sells for $258K

Entrepreneurship Blog

The Ebay auction for Kiko the online calendar has ended with a final selling price of $258,100. This is by no means a big exit, but frankly it is much bigger than I was expecting. When I checked in on the auction a couple of days ago it looked like they were going to struggle to even get their asking bid of $50k.

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Even Calacanis loves PayPerPost?

Florida Venture Blog

This parody was too fun to pass up; especially as a test of PPP's charity donation engine. Don't thank me Red Cross , thank PayPerPost. payperpost

VC:VC Closing the Deal

Venture Cyclist

Once a VC firm makes a decision to invest in a startup, it provides a termsheet outlining the basic economics of the deal. For an investment of some number of dollars, the investors will end up owning some percentage of the company. This phase of the process (VCs say the deal is "in docs" or "in legal") also produces issues which need negotiating.

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Company Culture and Politics

Will Price

Business school alums often come back to campus and tell students that Organizational behavior proved to be the most valuable course(s) they took. When I studied at Kellogg , I never understood why. Politics, as we all know, is not something that just happens in Washington DC. All companies, be they start-ups or GM, are political.

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Making Ends Meet

Spencer Fry

Until just recently, I haven't really spent the time to calculate the amount of money that I spend on living expenses, food, entertainment, and so forth. decided that I ought to get around to doing this being that I'm now 22 and

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Christine: Five Dos and Donts for the New News Media

Christine.net

Going through my FOO notes, I noticed that many conversations sparked ideas that were relevant to participatory media.

Lake Tahoe

Entrepreneurship Blog

I drove up to Tahoe for a couple of days late last night and I'm staying at Stanford Sierra Camp on Fallen Leaf Lake. think Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. honestly can't decide whether I love it more in the Winter for skiing or more in the Summer for cycling and hiking. Its a big dilemma in my life right now.

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Viral Porn Trojan Horses

Florida Venture Blog

OK, so the provocative title was a sellout, but it's a real topic -- stay with me. One of my favorite entrepreneurs (and good friend), Scot Wingo, has a great post at eBay Strategies describing a recent shooting-fish-in-an-eBay-barrel phishing scheme. The exact way their doing it and ways to avoid are covered. It's a thorough post.

Food 4 bikes

Venture Cyclist

Excuse the title - this is the fourth posting on this topic. Chocolate flavor PowerBar Performance Energy Bar First bite: Not entirely disgusting. Definitely seen a chocolate flavored chemical during processing. Last bite: Still not entirely disgusting, although pretty hard work. Nutrition info: 230 cal, 20 from fat. 2g=3% fat, 0.5g=3% sat fat.

Pat Your Head and Rub Your Tummy

Will Price

Young start-ups need two things to survive: customer orders and funding. The challenge, however, is that customers and venture investors often decide to "buy" based on very different messages. To succeed with customers, start-ups need to articulate clear, focused value propositions. Focus is often the key to early sales traction.

Purchasing Domains

Spencer Fry

I'm sure that a lot of you purchase domains all of the time. I do too. However, I normally purchase them through people on forums or that I meet over MSN, AIM, etc. I've never purchased a domain from a domain broker before

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Christine: R&D Technologies for Data Visualization

Christine.net

as a data junkie, i was totally mesmerized. the wikipedia analysis was an

Where to Learn About Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Blog

Yesterday I posted on 3 great events over the next 10 days. However, in Silicon Valley there are many great organizations that host events designed to teach entrepreneurship, how to build great businesses and raise capital. These events occur almost every day of the week and virtually every topic an entrepreneur could face is covered at some point.

AOL Search Data Web Interfaces

Florida Venture Blog

Well it didn't take long for the published AOL search data to get a web interface. In fact, there have been many appearing in the past 24 hrs. That's where noteworthy patterns will become apparent. As shared by many in TechCrunch comments , there is definitely some bad karma coming from outing specific AOL users -- particularly by name.

Cyclists ride on their feet

Venture Cyclist

I guess cyclists ride on whatever is most sore. whatever is ailing me is what gets the attention. As I noted last Friday , my feet had been bothering me. The suggestions from Wheelworks seemed to be right on the mark. It really made a big difference and I think I have licked this one. Cycling

Happy Birthday Disk Drive

Will Price

Today's WSJ's Technology section ran a fascinating overview of the disk drive. The disk drive was invented fifty years ago by IBM. The first drive, called the RAMAC (random access method of accounting and control) weighed in at one ton, the disks were 24 inches in diameter, and had 5 megabytes of storage capacity.

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How Partnerships Can Work

Spencer Fry

Most of you who know me well know that I run my major businesses with a partner. This wasn't always the case up until about four years ago, but since then I've found that it's just a lot easier and really makes sense in the end