Archives / July, 2009

My Daily Atlas Shrugged Moment

I’m having more and more Atlas Shrugged moments these days.  Today’s was courtesy of an add on LinkedIn.   My first response to the ad was “I’m not sure I want to see my concerns addresses by the White House.”  The White House – after all, is a building.  It turns out that this is…

TechStars: Episode 9: It’s About Doing

One of my favorite quotes is “Do, or do not.  There is no try.”  When you say it (or think it), you must use Yoda’s mix of a gravelly+whiney voice and pretend you are short and green.  Variations of the quote show up regularly throughout TechStars including on the walls.  The video this week is…

Holes In The Mainstream Media Wall

I’ve always hated walled gardens.  Before I started blogging in 2004, I had a point of view that was driven from my desire to share interesting information with my friends and colleagues.  Since I’m a big reader, I run across a lot of stuff and have always enjoyed sharing, going back to the late 1980’s…

The Illusion of Progress

I’ve had a busy July – lots activity in my portfolio, travel, and interesting stuff to deal with.  Most of the companies in my portfolio had solid Q2’s (recession?  what recession?), I’ve watched the TechStars teams in both Boulder and Boston grow up quickly, and the tech M&A market has woken up nicely. At the…

Eric Ries Is Coming To Boulder

I’ve been interested in different approaches to software development going back to 1987 when – in my first company Feld Technologies – my partner Dave Jilk and I started talking about “semi-custom software development” (way ahead of its time).  During the same period (1987 – 1990) and I did some work at MIT under Eric…