Archives / August, 2010

Have We Reached The Software Patent Tipping Point?

We’ve shifted into a new zone in the world of software patent stupidity.  A few weeks ago, Oracle sued Google over a series of Java-related patents they got when they acquired Sun.  Last week, Paul Allen sued 11 major software companies, including Google, over four patents that were granted to his now defunct Interval Research…

What Should You Do When Your Web Service Blows Up?

Every major software or web company I’ve ever been involved in has had a catastrophic outage of some sort.  I view it as a rite of passage – when this happens when your company is young and no one notices, it gives you a chance to get better.  But eventually you’ll have one when you…

Attracting Smart People To Your Community Accelerates Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial communities grow up around smart people.  Whenever someone in state or local government asks me what they can do to accelerate entrepreneurship, I always tell them to put as much money and energy as they can into education.  If you build a broad base of smart, inquisitive, curious people that are long term members…

More Women In Tech Discussions

The blogo-twitter-sphere erupted this weekend in response to an article in the WSJ on Friday titled Addressing The Lack Of Women Leading Tech Start-ups. I missed most of it as I was pretty heads down this weekend going through the final page proofs of the upcoming book “Do More Faster.” TechCrunch / Arrington wrote a…

Learning How A Bill Becomes A Law

Well, I’ve learned a lot about how a bill becomes a law on my journey to try to turn the Startup Visa idea into a law.  And yes – it’s a lot like how I learned about it on Schoolhouse Rock about 35 years ago. It’s been a little less than a year since I…

It’s Time To Reinvent The Signature Page

Last night I printed, signed, scanned, and emailed two signature pages.  As is my custom of not keeping anything around, I tore up and tossed the sig pages and then deleted the files.  This morning I woke up to an email saying “We didn’t get your signature pages.  Can you please send them.”  I just…

Desperately Seeking Amazing UX Gurus in Boulder

There are two positions that I find difficult to fill in Boulder in the various companies we are investors in. The first is a real product manager (PM).  We’ve got a bunch of great ones in Boulder, but there appears to be 100% employment for them and I don’t poach from myself as that seems…

Going Deeper Into The Google Apps Rabbit Hole

Today I concluded that my Gmail experiment is working nicely.  In addition, we figured out (thanks to Dave Michels) how to wire up feld.com to Google Apps without breaking all the other feld.com users that are being served of an Exchange server.  So, breaking rule #1 of all migrations, Ross and I flipped the switch…

Control-Self-Delete

Sometimes Colbert is priceless.  Well – most of the time.  This one had Amy and I laughing hard today.  Enjoy your five minute break from monitoring your social media and email to see if something important is going on.  Matt Galligan reminded me that this is oddly reminiscent of SocialThing’s TechStars Demo Day. The Colbert…

Do More Than Just Try It

I’m banging away on a bunch of new things these days.  I’ve happily switched to a Mac, am halfway through my week of Gmail, and am contemplating what new thing to try next week. I’ve always been a tech junky and love to play with new stuff.  I’m quick to set up an account on…