Exploits of a Mom
OCTOBER 10, 2007
Great comic from [link]
Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Stay Positive
AUGUST 27, 2007
Stay Positive. By Frank Addante. Startups are emotional roller coasters. It is very, very hard to remain positive 100% of the time. It takes effort, it takes commitment. It is unnatural to be positive 100% of the time
F2F Still Matters
MARCH 16, 2007
kathy sierra has a great post today: face-to-face trumps twitter, blogs, podcasts, video. and she provides this picture: it shows that while we slowly approach real-time, realistic virtual conversations, it still isn't quite the same
Map of VC Investments
MARCH 9, 2007
found this map of 2006 vc investments post. some very interesting graphics including this heat map: very cool visualization tool
Acting CTO Role in a Start-up
DECEMBER 1, 2007
I generally am working as an acting CTO for about 3-4 start-ups or other companies at any one time. I was just talking with someone who asked me to define how that could work and what they meant. Great question. I also found this interesting graphic of the changing needs around the CTO role in different size/type companies that somewhat echoes my experience. Roger Smith ) This helps explain where I normally play.
Entity Extraction Firefox Plugin
OCTOBER 25, 2007
After hearing at a recent CTO Forum meeting from Siderean about their relational navigation technology and various discussions with other folks on search, it's seeming like entity extraction is coming up everywhere. Today I saw John Udell's post Entity extraction everywhere. Through this post, I found Gnosis a Firefox plugin that will do entity extraction and highlight the resulting terms on the page. In and of itself, I don't believe that I'm going to get much use out of it.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
OCTOBER 23, 2007
I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today. The focus was S3 - storage service, EC2 - their compute cloud, their queuing system, and their flexible payment system. The S3 system is not a transactional object system, it's for larger objects, larger updates. The EC2 is very similar to having a Linux box in a colocation facility.
Startup Opportunities in SoCal
OCTOBER 17, 2007
On Ben Kuo's blog, he posted about Entrepreneurs in Southern California and pointed to a post by Will Johnson, a Southern California entrepreneur and blogger. Will's post talks about lack of interest in working for startups here in Southern California, saying: we probablyâ€™d donâ€™t have the: a) same support infrastructure (meet-ups, networking events, etc.); b) history of success; and c) abundance of start-up companies (so if one fails there is another to jump on).
The $100K Startup? Changes in VC Land?
OCTOBER 7, 2007
I've been reading or hearing quite a bit about how startups these days don't take nearly as much capital to create as they used to. What used to cost $1M now takes $100K. If that's actually true, then it creates New Rules Of Technology VC. In this post RWW talks about some of the new kind of approaches to funding: Y Combinator is creating tech companies with a tiny (10-20K) seed investment; Charles River Ventures started a Quick start program; Jeff Clavier launched a 12M fund for tech startups.
Great Podcast - Failed Startup
SEPTEMBER 26, 2007
Found this through Ben Kuo's blog: Media Matchmaker: autopsy of a failed startup from the Frank Peters show. Good stuff! It's worth hearing Betsy and then hearing the investors take on execution (roughly 45 minute mark). Quite a contrast. We had talked to them when they were getting started. Sounds like its good we didn't end up working with them. Still I think the concept is fantastic if the model can be figured out to make it work.
Networking to a Job - Practical Advice
SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
For some reason over the past week, I've been asked by three different people I know about job opportunities that might fit them. Since, I've given them the same advice, I thought it was worth putting in my blog. I personally believe that the best way to hire, find partners, and find a job is through a network. So the key question is: How can I leverage my network?
Lunch 2.0 in Santa Monica - And Other Events
SEPTEMBER 13, 2007
I've been remiss in posting to this blog. Very busy on a couple interesting start-ups. More on them in a couple months. In any case, I went by Lunch 2.0 in Santa Monica last Friday. It was way too crowded (250 people in a tiny space). But saw a few folks I hadn't seen in a while and connected with a couple of new people. I saw that Ben Kuo wrote about it: More networking events His comment that the turn-out suggested that there likely would be more of these is probably true.
JULY 12, 2007
Interesting attempt to create a start-up over the course of a weekend. They failed to get it done in time and they make it sound like they are surprised that it might take longer than a day of programming to build something. It's funny how this expectation around start-ups persists that things can magically be built much, much faster. They also ignored that a large group of developers can't necessarily build something much faster than a small group.
Really Valuable Start-up Compensation Numbers
JUNE 19, 2007
From Ask the VC - What are typical compensation numbers
MAY 1, 2007
I've worked with several businesses that were essentially based on driving traffic via search engine optimization (SEO). There are a wide variety of techniques that can be used, but getting high rankings is not easy and highly volatile. I just saw a Forbes article talking about Google Hell - getting placed in the secondary index. Bottom line - if you are basing your business on high rankings via organic search, there's pretty incredible risk.
My HBS Presentation - Web 2.0 Implications on Learning
APRIL 20, 2007
I've somewhat fallen off the map on this blog. Been traveling and consulting with a bunch of early-stage and growth companies. Really fun stuff these days. One of my recent fun experiences was doing a presentation at Harvard Business School (HBS) on the implications of Web 2.0 type tools (Blogs, Wikis, Social Bookmarking, RSS, RSS Readers) on corporate learning and someone like HBS.
Discussion Creation Among Bloggers - LinkedIn, Blogging and Discussion Groups
MARCH 22, 2007
i've been participating in a yahoo group that are users of linkedin and who are bloggers: [link] it's an interesting group of folks from diverse backgrounds. it's also been interesting to
Time Rich, Time Poor and Apple
MARCH 20, 2007
jeremy liew at lightspeed venture partners has an interesting post: time rich or time poor? in it he separates web consumers into: time rich (more time than money) and time poor (more money than time). he tells us
Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital
MARCH 20, 2007
seth's guide is worth reading - the realistic entrepreneur's guide to venture capital
Kevin Federline Search Engine
MARCH 20, 2007
just saw a post - sleep with a pop star, get your own branded search engine. talking about prodege's search with kevin site - [link] i actually think this is a pretty innovative model
8 Ways the Internet has Changed Software Marketing
MARCH 13, 2007
great post - 8 ways the internet changed software marketing - is an interesting take on how different it is these days to market software. good stuff
MyShape Article - Analyst Misses the Point
MARCH 12, 2007
the ny times did a piece today on myshape, a start-up in pasadena - log in your measurements, and the clothes may fit. i had to laugh when an analyst with forrester said in the article -. as impressive as these results may be
Open Source Business Model
MARCH 5, 2007
A recent spate of posts on the challenges of running an open source business is interesting (Tosh, Siemens, Downes, Tosh 2) and quite heated as one of the founders of elgg - a social networking platform aimed at the educational space
MARCH 1, 2007
great post by ben kuo - the importance of the “network” to entrepreneurs -. the informal connections between people in the technology industry here who have a vested interest in helping entrepreneurs take their companies to the next
Google Maps Mobile
FEBRUARY 28, 2007
i recently downloaded google maps mobile for my treo. it's works great. and there was a big surprise. it includes traffic! this is something that i've wanted on my wife's gps for a while. if you haven't checked it out
Stanford Podcasts - eHarmony - Greg Waldorf
FEBRUARY 27, 2007
I was just pointed to a set of great podcasts done by Stanford B-School and particularly, I just listed to the podcast by eHarmony's Greg Waldorf. Having been involved with eHarmony from it's founding days as an acting CTO
Challenge of Predicting Winners
FEBRUARY 25, 2007
i just read a bit on the payout to youtube from the google acquisition (internet news, cnn). part of the discussion around this is the talk about the founder who only got $83m (as compared to $3xxm for the other founders) who bailed out
Interesting Model for University President
FEBRUARY 25, 2007
saw a post by paul kedrosky pointing us to graeme thickins on how stanford does it. it's interesting to think about how universities might want to have their staff better aligned with moving ideas from the lab to start-ups
Events and Networking in Los Angeles
FEBRUARY 23, 2007
one of the issues i discussed in innovation and geography was that the geography and traffic in los angeles generally makes it more difficult for networking. in fact, i would say that over the past few years, it has become harder to
Innovation and Geography
FEBRUARY 20, 2007
i ran across a post in read/write web - does location matter in web innovation? that talked about a recent ny times article when it comes to innovation, geography is destiny. reading the articles and the comments is probably worth it
About this Blog
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
I've been thinking about doing a blog with my thoughts on technology and what's happening in the Los Angeles area technology scene for a while, but it was Ben Kuo's recent start of a blog that inspired me to actually go ahead and do it
A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
I recently met with The Hive a new incubator in Orange County. This company was started by Victoria Duff (who many of us know from back in the late 90s), Phillis Lane (who I have known for quite a few years) and Jon Bukosky
Where LinkedIn Works for Me
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
i've been a long time user of linkedin, but only recently have started getting the benefits i always expected. i'm sure that many of you have read guy's article ten ways to use linkedin. his suggestions are all good suggestions
Finding Good Developers in Los Angeles?
FEBRUARY 17, 2007
I'm part of a CTO group that meets once a month to discuss various topics. About 18 months ago, the entire group began to mention that they were having more difficulty finding good developers. Since then it has become much harder to