Archives / March, 2009

The Restorative Effects of Nature

Several months ago my friend Ben Casnocha sent me an article from Boston.com 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 Start@Spark, 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…

WSGR’s Entrepreneurs Report – Private Company Financing Trends

Wilson Sonsini puts out a quarterly Entrepreneurs Report.  The Winter 2008 issues is titled Private Company Financing Trends.  They asked me if I’d contribute an article around the topic of hints for pitching VC’s so I wrote an extended version of Perfecting Your Pitch. The other articles in the Winter 2008 Entrepreneurs Report include: How…

Another Beers and Boulder with Brad Event (Vancouver)

In February, I did a “Beers and Boulder with Brad” event in Seattle.  Local Seattle-based entrepreneurs Dave Schappell of TeachStreet and T.A. McCann of Gist put the event together and I was blown away by the response. Several hundred people showed up; I had a great evening of talking about entrepreneurship, local entrepreneurial communities, and…

Help Encourage Entrepreneurship At CU Boulder With A Sponsorship

There has been a lot of activity around entrepreneurship at CU Boulder lately, especially in computer science and engineering.  This is encouraging to me as I believe that a strong culture of entrepreneurship at “your local university” is important to the long term health of any entrepreneurial ecosystem. TechStars recently coordinated with CU Boulder to…

A VC’s Biggest Flaw: Arrogance

I’m really enjoying writing my print column for Entrepreneur Magazine.  It’s a different kind of writing than my blogging and exercises different mental muscles. This month’s article A VC’s Biggest Flaw: Arrogance is out (both on the newsstands and the web).  Amy told me this is her favorite one so far as it includes a…

Sunday Morning Reading

I usually sleep in on Sunday’s but I’ve got a 16 mile run and want to meet Amy at the end of it at 10:30 for brunch.  So – good morning 5am and my normal daily reading routine.  I ran across a lot of intriguing stuff this morning that I thought I’d share with you. …