Archives / July, 2009

My Daily Atlas Shrugged Moment

I’m having more and more Atlas Shrugged moments these days.  Today’s was courtesy of an add on LinkedIn.   My first response to the ad was “I’m not sure I want to see my concerns addresses by the White House.”  The White House – after all, is a building.  It turns out that this is…

TechStars: Episode 9: It’s About Doing

One of my favorite quotes is “Do, or do not.  There is no try.”  When you say it (or think it), you must use Yoda’s mix of a gravelly+whiney voice and pretend you are short and green.  Variations of the quote show up regularly throughout TechStars including on the walls.  The video this week is…

Holes In The Mainstream Media Wall

I’ve always hated walled gardens.  Before I started blogging in 2004, I had a point of view that was driven from my desire to share interesting information with my friends and colleagues.  Since I’m a big reader, I run across a lot of stuff and have always enjoyed sharing, going back to the late 1980’s…

The Illusion of Progress

I’ve had a busy July – lots activity in my portfolio, travel, and interesting stuff to deal with.  Most of the companies in my portfolio had solid Q2’s (recession?  what recession?), I’ve watched the TechStars teams in both Boulder and Boston grow up quickly, and the tech M&A market has woken up nicely. At the…

Eric Ries Is Coming To Boulder

I’ve been interested in different approaches to software development going back to 1987 when – in my first company Feld Technologies – my partner Dave Jilk and I started talking about “semi-custom software development” (way ahead of its time).  During the same period (1987 – 1990) and I did some work at MIT under Eric…

TechStars: Episode 8: Your Best Friend

I hope you are enjoying the TechStars video series as much as I am.  This week’s video – Episode 8: Your Best Friend is a special one.  Early on Jeffrey Kalmikoff of Threadless has a great line which is “give me your pitch, but give it to me as if you are giving it to…

My First Office – 875 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Everyone remembers their first "X".  Last Thursday, I spent the day in Cambridge at the TechStars Boston office.  It’s in Central Square, just down the block from where I lived for four years while at MIT (351 Mass Ave) and around the corner from my first office (875 Main Street). Feld Technologies very first address…

Sensobi – A Better Address Book For Your BlackBerry

I spent last Thursday at TechStars Boston meeting with all of the TechStars Boston 2009 teams.  They’ve all made a ton of progress since I met with them a month ago and many of them are shaping up really nicely. A few of them are starting to be more public about what they are up…

Book: Computing in the Middle Ages

The book I read tonight – Computing in the Middle Ages: A View From the Trenches 1955-1983 by Severo Ornstein – stood out in stark contrast to the book I read yesterday – The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich. Both were great (my…

Mastering A Genre – Book: The Accidental Billionaires

Yesterday afternoon I read Ben Mezrich’s latest book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.  I downloaded it on my Kindle yesterday after hanging out with Howard Morgan of First Round Capital.  We are both voracious readers and – after the question “what’s on your Kindle right…