Archives / December, 2008

The Running Year By The Numbers

As 2008 winds down, Amy and I are having a traditional New Year’s Eve filled with debauchery.  She’s eating a bowl of tomato soup with cheddar cheese and crackers in it; I filled up on appetizers at our friends’ house down the block where we hung out until the late hour of 8pm so we…

More on Disclosure

In response to my post The Dynamics of Full Disclosure, Jeffrey Kalmikoff – one of the co-founders of Skinnycorp (the dudes who do Threadless) wrote an add-on titled On trust, transparency and disclosure.  Jeffrey came up to Keystone and spent Jewish Christmas with me and Micah Baldwin – we talked about a bunch of fun…

Subsidies Snubsidies

Erin Griffith at PEHub has a dynamite link to a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon from 15 years ago that is a perfect description what’s going on today in the “subsidy economy.”   I love Calvin and Hobbes – it’s a close second behind Bloom County for me.

Renormalizing Denormalized Data

Yummy – that’s a fun tongue twister.  It doesn’t quite mean “synchronizing data”, but it’s in the same family.  I don’t have a better phrase yet for “renormalizing denormalized data”, but there is probably a construct for it that someone reading this blog can tell me (or invent – here’s your choice to replace the…

The Dynamics of Full Disclosure

A meme that regularly goes around the blogosphere is “full disclosure.”  When someone blogs about something they have a financial interest in (e.g. an equity interest in a company) or something they benefit from financially (e.g. affiliate fees), should they include a “formal disclosure.” I received the following email today: “I appreciate all your book…

Books, Books, and More Books

I’m still roughly on my “book a day diet” through the end of the year.  The last few were really good, with one exception.  Here are my quick reviews in case you are looking for something to read soon. Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me: This was hilarious.  I’ve only been dumped a…

Live as if you would die tomorrow, learn as if you would live forever

Yup – that’s a Gandhi quote that came from Om Malik’s great post What I Learned This Year.  I encourage you to read it slowly and ponder it.  With it, I begin my suggested Daily Reading for you, as Om has kicked it off with a “what”. Holiday’s and Communication: Jud Valeski, Gnip’s CTO, gives…

The Re-Rise of Open Source

Kevin Kelleher’s article on GigaOm this morning titled 2009: Year of the Hacker made me think back to the rise of open source after the Internet crash of 2001.  In the aftermath of the crash, many experienced software developers were out of work for a period of time ranging from weeks to years.  Some of them…

Innovation and Creative Destruction

Fred Wilson has a magnificent post up this morning from Berlin titled Bits Of Destruction.  In it, he nails a critical point about innovation. “This downturn will be marked in history as the time where many of the business models built in the industrial era finally collapsed as a result of being undermined by the…

Trust, The Healthcare System, and Saving My Dad’s Academic Life

My father, Stan Feld, is a retired endocrinologist.  He wrote a beautiful blog post yesterday titled The Therapeutic Magic Of The Physician Patient Relationship: Part 1.  In it he tells the story of almost flunking out of first grade in the Bronx.  The punch line: “There is no question in my mind that this approach…