Archives / August, 2009

The Drumbeats Against Software Patents Are Getting Louder

There is a great article by Timothy Lee, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, out today titled The Case against Literary (and Software) Patents.  Lee, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute who is also a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Princeton, totally nails it.  Here’s the beginning: “Imagine the outcry if the…

Community Hours – Trying Something New for Random Meetings

I’ve been a long time practitioner of having “random meetings” where I meet with whomever wants to get together with me.  Some amazing things have come out of this over the years, including my first meeting with David Cohen which turned into TechStars. I’ve decided to try something different for the next few months.  Rather…

Calling All PPC Marketing Studs

My partner Seth wrote a short post earlier today about Trada titled Are you a PPC expert? Read on…  We funded Trada last year and Seth and I have an ongoing (and often entertaining) debate about “stealth companies”.  Well – Trada is one the edge of no longer being stealth – here’s a hint: Trada…

Cash For Bad Conference Wi-Fi

The Cash for Clunkers program worked – at least according to our government.  “The CARS program ended sales on the Monday night with nearly 700,000 clunkers taken off the roads, replaced by far more fuel efficient vehicles. Rebate applications worth $2.877 billion were submitted by the 8 p.m. deadline, under the $3 billion provided by…

Your Morning Dose of Inspiration

Venrock – one of the oldest venture capital firms (40 years old and going strong) has released a magnificent book titled Shaping the Future: 40 Years of Innovation.  While self promotional, they’ve done it in such a clever and powerful way that all it does as you read through it is smile and get excited…