Archives / March, 2009

The Restorative Effects of Nature

Several months ago my friend Ben Casnocha sent me an article from titled How the city hurts your brain… And what you can do about it.  The article starts out strong and continues all the way through. “Now scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening….

Nantucket Conference #10

From April 30 to May 2, the 10th annual Nantucket Conference is happening on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.  I haven’t been to a Nantucket Conference, but I’ve heard of it and have considered going in the past.  This year Scott Kirsner invited me to be on a panel and I happily accepted as I was…

Authorization Code Scheme

F3EL7-T3YL2-MBN5P-ZQI6R-YE8PI Ever type that into a pop up box on your computer when installing software?  If not, you’ve never installed anything from Microsoft (or many other companies) – at least not legally.  This morning I was copied on an email from my partner Ryan McIntyre to a company we are talking to about funding that…

Spark Capital’s Seed Program

I’m psyched that my friends at Spark Capital have launched [email protected], their new seed program.  In their post Why are we doing this? they explain: “So, this must be a terrible time to fund a start-up company. Correct? Au contraire. This may be the best time in the last 8 years to start a company….

The Rhythms of My Life

I was in a board meeting yesterday with a company planning a major commercial release of their product “at the end of summer”.  We managed to turn this into 8/31/09 at 11:59:59pm pacific time (since I don’t believe you can release something unless there is a time/date stamp associated with it.)  As part of this…