Archives / February, 2011

Crowdsourcing The Title of My Next Book

My partner Jason Mendelson and I are in the final stretch of writing a new book. The project started as an extension of our Term Sheet series and Letter of Intent series that we wrote on this blog in 2005 and 2006. It’s evolved into a much broader book covering financings, acquisitions, how VC firms…

Signal vs. Noise

At the end of each day, I encourage you to reflect on whether you spent your day on “signal” or “noise.” Let me explain. Recently, I wrote a post titled Managing Priorities. In it I talked about the idea of P1’s. My weeks start on Monday morning so my P1 for the current week (which…

Disabling Horizontal Scroll on the Mac

I love when the combination of Google Search and the a great discussion board quickly solve something that has been driving me batshit for a while. I finally stopped procrastinating and started the final two day edit push on Venture Financings: How To Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And VC. However, for the last month…

Dear Google, I Have More Than 10,000 Contacts

I just received the “amusing email of the day” from Google. I feel like I’m in one step forward / one step back with Google Enterprise Support. If you read my two recent posts on this, you saw that I started by saying that it’s Time For Google To Get Serious About Enterprise Tech Support…

Why A New Startup Shouldn’t Have a Marketing Budget

As my partners at Foundry Group know, every time I hear the word “marketing” I throw up a little in my mouth. I hate traditional marketing and have always resisted it early in the life of a new company. Fred Wilson has a phenomenal blog post up this morning titled Marketing. Among other things he…

TechStars Boulder Applications Are Open

It’s TechStars Boulder application time again. If you apply by Thursday (February 24th) you will be considered for TechStars for a Day, a great way to get introduced to the TechStars program as well as increase your chance of getting selected for the program. When TechStars first started in Boulder, most of the applicants were what we…

Distribution – A New Foundry Group Theme

We’ve put up a post on the Foundry Group site about a new theme of ours we are calling Distribution. We’ve been investing in this theme for a while but have continued to formulate exactly how we think about it. I’ve talked about our thematic approach to investing many times in the past.  Every now and…

Linking Around On A Sunday Morning

Periodically I get backlogged with “stuff I want to blog” that I never get to along with a handful of “links from today that are great.” So – today you get a bunch of things that I’m involved in and turn me out. Click through to whatever interests you. Jilted in the U.S., a Site…

My Increasing Love Affair With Google Apps

At Foundry Group, we have now completely switched to Google Apps. This started in August when I decided to Try Gmail For A Week. Five months later I am ready to declare this experiment a complete success. As every day passes, I find a new magic happy thing that ties my life together better. Today…

Blur In A Week

If you are a VC and interested in human computer interaction and you aren’t going to Blur, you’re about to miss the most important and interesting HCI event of the year. If you are an entrepreneur working on something HCI related, you are also missing out if you don’t come to Blur. I’ll be there…