Archives / July, 2005

More thoughts on Occam’s Paradox

I’ve been re-reading my Occam’s Paradox post as well as the comments and trackbacks (which are excellent – please click through them if you have a minute).  I fell a little short of really saying what I originally intended for the post, which was that I think that we have a tendency not only to…

Occam’s Paradox

Remember Occam’s Razor? It’s the principle (that you probably learned in high school physics) that states that the simplest solution to a given problem is probably the best.  I’ve been thinking recently about complexity in business and in life and think there’s a corollary to Occam’sRazor that perhaps should be called Occam’s Paradox – the…

Cheese

Today is the 36th anniversary of the first moon landing (July 20, 1969).  Moon’s almost full, so you’ll get a great look at it. Google put up a moon site recently – www.moon.google.com.  Be sure to zoom all the way in <g>.

Who is your vc?

John H turned me on to a post from Investments and More titled VC’s – Top Brass Solid, Others Not (“wow – someone taking the glam out of the VC world,” he writes).  I actually found his post pretty amusing. While I think a lot of people at venture firms are fantastic (law of natural…

Changing styles . . .

Brent wrote in recently to remind me that I wrote in M&A Part I – Lines in the Sand that I’d talk a bit about changes in my negotiating style over time. I actually interested to hear if other people have had similar experiences, because what I’m about to describe both seems like a natural…

Some thoughts on better board meetings

I sit through a lot of board meetings and while they are a great time for a company to harness the expertise of the people sitting around the table, they need to be structured and managed in such a way to actually accomplish that (i.e., effective board meetings don’t just happen – they are the…

Toys

Here’s some stuff I’ve been playing with that I’ve been meaning to post about: First is MyBlogLog, which tracks links people follow from my blog site.  It also tells me how many page views were served from my site. Since I serve full feeds this doesn’t capture all of my link traffic (I miss everything…

How cool is your ride?

Even though I’m getting older I still like to think of myself as at least a little bit cool (although I’m sure there are many people who would set me straight on that one).  As a result I was a bit dismayed this weekend to read an amusing article in the Times that clued me…

TSA in action

i can’t tell you how much safer i’m feeling now. i’m writing this on a flight from denver to chicago (on my danger sidekick, by the way). i almost inadvertantly took aboard an allen wrench set (in my bag from when i rode my bike to work last week and perhaps the most blunt object…

Networking 101 Expanded

Josh Kerbel wrote me with a good question to my Networking 101 post and my follow up post to that one Here’s how you do it that I thought I’d post along with my response (with his permission). Josh Writes: A while back you wrote a post about networking and you referenced Ben Casnocha as…