Archives / April, 2009

Videos From My Talk in Vancouver

The videos from my talk in Vancouver last week are up on the Bootup Labs Entrepreneurial Society web site.  They are embedded below – the first one talks about entrepreneurial communities and the second talks about the dynamics between VCs and entrepreneurs.  There’s also a throwaway line about my mom, a reference to the smell…

The Best Entrepreneurs Know How To Fail Fast

Last night at the TechStars Boulder Mentor dinner I got into a conversation about what makes a better CEO of a new startup – an experienced entrepreneur who’s last company was a failure or a big company executive with a stellar pedigree who has never worked in a startup. Give me the experienced entrepreneur whose…

Don’t Confuse a Conference and a Trade Show

Eric Norlin has a great post up this morning titled A conference is about community.  In it, he describes clearly the difference between a conference and a trade show, what makes a great conference, and what you’ll get at a great conference. Having been involved in Defrag since it was a germ of an idea…

Transforming the State of Colorado’s Information Technology Services

After Bill Ritter was elected governor of Colorado in 2006, I was asked to be a member of the IT transition team.  We had about a month to review the current state of affairs with regard to broadband, the Colorado IT structure and strategy, and to recommend a CIO candidate.  I’d never been on a…

Foodzie and Brightkite Make Businessweek Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs 2009

My friends at Foodzie (TechStars 2008) and Brightkite (TechStars 2007) were both recently named Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs of 2009.  There are a bunch of neat links up on the Businessweek.com site: Foodzie Overview Brightkite Overview Foodies Will Welcome Foodzie article Foodzie video Congrats guys.  You make me (and everyone at TechStars) proud!  We’ll be…

High School Prom Is Just Around The Corner

I stayed at my parents’ house in Dallas on Tuesday night.  My mom has been going through a “clean all the shit out of the house” routine and keeps dumping piles of old stuff on me.  This trip, I got my high school prom album and my bar mitzvah album.  Following is my high school…

Vancouver Entrepreneurial Energy

I did another Beers with Brad event tonight in Vancouver.  Danny Robinson and Boris Mann of Bootup Labs pulled it together with some help from their friends and a few sponsors.  150 people showed up to talk about early stage entrepreneurship. For these events, I have a few themes to riff on around entrepreneurship (e.g….

The Maturing of the Implicit Web

I’ve been fascinated with the notion of the Implicit Web since I determined that I was tired of my computer (and the Internet in general) being stupid.  I wanted it (my computer as well as the Internet) to pay attention to what I, and others, were doing.  Theoretically “my compute infrastructure” should learn, automate repeated…

The Sun Shines On Oracle in Colorado

Sorry – I just could not help myself when crafting that title.  I wonder if it’ll get good SEO juice.  And yes – it was a really sunny day today in Boulder. By now everyone in the tech universe knows that Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Sun.  I – for one – did…

The Power of Peer Groups

I had a phenomenal day.  A few months ago my friend Bill Flagg recommended that I be a speaker at this year’s Gathering of Titans (GOT) event.  This is an annual gathering of graduates of the Birthing of Giants (BOG) program.  I participated in the first or second BOG event back in the early 1990’s…