Archives / January, 2009

Forward Looking Weekend Reading

I view it as a good thing when people start writing about solutions rather than problems.  Here are several good ones for you today. Remain Aggressive: Will Herman is a long time friend (we’ve known each other since 1984), a fantastic CEO, and a dynamite board member.  He’s also a huge Patriots fan so his…

Entering Data

I weigh 209.4 this morning.  That’s down from 220 when I Declared A Jihad on My Weight on 10/27/08 although it doesn’t look like I’ll make my Anti-Charity goal of 200 by 1/31/09 (more on that in a post on 2/1/09). I was thinking about my weight this morning as I entered it into the…

The Difference Between Panic and Urgency

I received the following email earlier this week from an exec at a company that I am on the board of.  He sent it out to his entire company.  I thought it clearly described the different between panic and urgency and explains why – in a business context – panic is useless, but urgency is…

Rally Software is a Buyer

Two weeks ago, one of the companies I’m on the board of – Rally Software – announced that they have acquired a company called 6th Sense Analytics. I’ve been involved in Rally since the very beginning and it has been incredibly rewarding to see them grow from an idea that the founder/CTO Ryan Martens had…

Venture Voice Interview with David Cohen on TechStars

I’ve always enjoyed Greg Galant’s interviews on Venture Voice.  He interviewed me early on (Show #10) and the list of folks he has interviewed is dynamite. Greg just interviewed David Cohen on TechStars.  The show notes give you a great outline of the interview content where David answers a lot of questions about TechStars, why…

I’m a Venture Optimist

Yet again an article in the New York Times bemoaning the demise of venture capital – this one is titled Maybe We Should Call Them Venture Pessimists. “Optimism is in short supply”, “the quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capital Confidence Index has reached its fifth consecutive quarterly low”, “there is understandable concern over the pressures on…

The Fly – Episode 2 – The Band Plays On

Howard Lindzon produced 4 minutes of fucking poetry.  Episode #2 of the Fly.  I’m not even sure I can spell all of those words.  Hilarious. Remember – turn off the TV – especially CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN.  They aren’t doing you, your brain, or your soul any good unless Paul Kedrosky is on and is…

Glue Keynoter: Mitch Kapor

One of the really fun things about working with Eric Norlin, the creator of Defrag and Glue, is watching how he evolves the agenda from a conference from idea to reality.  It’s a very fluid process that Eric handles masterfully. Eric’s post The Glue agenda starts to get sticky summarizes some of the latest highlights on…

I’m Done With Handshakes

I’m been fighting through one of the worst colds I’ve ever had.  I started feeling crummy on Friday, spent the entire weekend in bed, suffered through work on Monday, and had the entire experience crest with the worst headache and one of the longest pain filed and sleepless night ever.  I finally am feeling better…

Boston Marathon Charity Numbers Available

In 2006 I ran the Boston Marathon as a Charity Runner for The Michael Lisnow Respite Center.  I had a tremendous Experience At The Boston Marathon even though I got a nasty email from someone a few days before that was a Major Emotional Bummer for me.  I learned plenty from processing the entire experience…