Archives / January, 2010

Burning Mercedes

Help me get my photo of Amy’s Burning Mercedes up on Fail Blog.  All you have to do is click through on the picture below and vote for it.  moar funny pictures And yes – that really is Amy’s old Mercedes on fire in our driveway.  Oops.

Do Patents Slow Down Innovation?

I had a very interesting meeting yesterday with an MIT Professor who I’ve known for a long time.  He is anti-software patent, as am I.  However, he suggested something I hadn’t really spent much time thinking about, namely that patents slow down innovation.  Some very credible folks have been talking about this for a little…

Video Interview: We Suck Less

Steve Bell of Startup Trek came to Boulder about a month ago and did an interview with a bunch of Boulder people, including me.  Following is part one (12 minutes) of the interview where I talk some about my history, my first company Feld Technologies, and the Feld Technologies’ motto (“we suck less.”) I also…

A Scorecard For Boston’s Innovation Economy

Over the past eighteen months I’ve gotten to know Bill Warner through my work with the Boston program of TechStars.  Bill was a well known entrepreneur when I lived in Boston between 1983 and 1995 – he’d founded Avid which is one of the famous MIT software companies to come out of the 1980’s and…

It’s So Hard When Contemplated In Advance And So Easy When You Do It

I heard this phrase at about 75 minutes into my run this morning.  It’s from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a book I’ve read a half dozen times over the years.  I decided to listen to it on my iPhone while training for an upcoming marathon, just to see what different things I’d…

Procrastinating On A Sunday Afternoon

While the rest of the US is watching football, I thought I’d sit quietly at my house and catch up on some writing, most notably what David Cohen, Entrepreneur Magazine, and a few other special people are waiting for from me.  However, before I dig into that, I thought I’d procrastinate by catching up on…

NewsGator Acquires Tomoye

My friends at NewsGator had a great 2009 – enterprise social computing came into its own and they were at the front of the pack.  If an organization uses SharePoint and is interested in social computing, NewsGator Social Sites is a must have product. Yesterday, NewsGator acquired Tomoye.  The two companies are highly complimentary –…

Letters to My Dad

I recently turned 44.  As I was driving in to the office the other day, I was talking to my dad and we were reminiscing about something.  He’s one of my closest friends and I’ve learned such an amazing amount from him over my 44 years on this planet.  He’s been blogging for a while…

Entrepreneur Magazine Interviews Boulder Entrepreneurs (and a VC)

Amy Cosper, the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, swung through Boulder recently and interviewed me, Scott McDaniel & Christian Vaneh of Survey Gizmo, Ari Newman of Filtrbox (recently acquired by Jive Software), Todd Vernon of Lijit Networks, and Tim Enwall of Tendril Networks.  Unlike my two hour TWiST interview with Jason Calacanis, these are all short…

Why You Should Start A Company In Boulder, New York, or Somewhere Else

A few weeks ago Fast Company published an interview between me and Laura Rich titled Why You Should Start a Company in… Boulder.  This morning I woke up to Fred Wilson’s discussion of his article Why You Should Start a Company in… New York.  Fred and I did our interviews separately – there was no…