Archives / March, 2005

A day in the life of a VC

One of the most common questions I get asked from people outside the VC industry is “what’s a typical day like?” It’s a good question, but a hard one to answer – my days are extremely varied (this is one of the things I really like about my job, in fact). The type of work…

How do you view your news?

As an investor in an RSS aggregator (Newsgator – far and away the best of the reader platforms out there; although I suppose I’m biased) I pay attention to how people use syndication services and how they use, manage, manipulate and read their news and blog feeds. I’ve played around with some of the different…

Is this the future?

Is this what the future will look like?  You tell me . .. http://oak.psych.gatech.edu/~epic/

On VC Suckage

Only hours away from posting a link to this great article by Paul Graham on why VCs suck (A Unified Theory of VC Suckage), when both Brad and Fred beat me to it. That didn’t keep me from sending the link directly to a couple of people who I thought would get a kick out…

Moving right along

Fred Wilson had a great post recently on the problem of analysis paralysis. I completely agree. One of the challenges of business (and entrepreneurship) is that companies constantly have to make decisions based on incomplete information. That’s just part of the game. Successful entrepreneurs recognize that, take in as much information as makes sense, make…

Quova and geo-location in the news.

I’ve written a couple of posts in the past 2 months on the power of location (read them here and here). Quova – the leading player in the geo-location space – has had a couple of articles published about them in the past week that I wanted to pass along. I particularly like the article…

Jarbarish

Fred Wilson has done a very amusing series of posts on VC Clichés (see the latest here) Terry Gold takes this to another level with what he has termed Jarbarish (a blend of jargon and gibberish).  Here he posts an absolutely hilarious bit that he used at a recent company meeting.  Thanks Terry for lightening…

Things I learned on vacation – part II (the vacation curve)

I was writing a post before I left on vacation about balance. I struggle with this a lot – the real (and perceived) pressures of my job, travel, time with my family, etc. I was writing about how difficult is can be to balance the business and personal aspects of your life, but now that…

The commonly confused words test

I thought I should post this after making such a stink about data being plural and all.  Here’s a link to a little word test for those of you (like me) who are interested in seeing if you really have a clue about these things (turns out I have only a partial clue – I…

The Last Days of Enron

The New York Times is running a series of articles on the last days of the Enron crisis (actually excerpts from Times writer Kurt Eichenwald’s forthcoming book on the subject).   It reads like a soap opera (by both design and because that’s really what this story amounts to).  The amazing take-away for me was just…