Archives / November, 2007

What do you do for a living?

It’s not that I’m ashamed of being a venture capitalist, but I do find that when people I don’t know ask me what I do, rather than say “I’m a venture capitalist” I typically say “I work for a finance company”. Writing this, I suppose that probably makes me sound like I sell mortgages or…

Mac Attack

Perhaps it’s too cliché to rag on Microsoft Vista, but indulge me for just a minute. Vista – you suck! You reboot my computer constantly and at seemingly any time of day, you don’t work with any of my existing peripherals, you amuse yourself with your endless “i’m thinking now, please go away” circles and…

How much is that meeting costing you?

So now that you are arguing for consensus at your meetings rather than arguing to win, how much is that tete-a-tete costing you anyway? Here’s an amusing answer to that question. I just ran a hypothetical meeting with a VP Sales, COO and Director of Biz Dev. They couldn’t agree on anything and our meeting…

Arguing to win

Someone recently told me about being stuck in a group where people were arguing to win, rather than arguing for consensus. Whatever it was they were talking about didn’t get solved and a bunch of people left the meeting annoyed. I’ve not heard anyone describe the difference in debating style to me in this way…

The gentrification of FaceBook

I first signed up for FaceBook about 8 months ago, interested in checking out the platform and to playing with the technology. I was happy to find a handful of my geek Boulder friends already there as well as a few colleagues and one or two college buddies. The TechStars guys (most of whom were…

The 20 worst venture deals of all time

InsideCRM has compiled a list of the 20 worst venture deals of all time. Not sure the methodology (I can think of a few that I might have added to the list . . .) but the deals mentioned are for the most part worthy of the designation. You can see the story here –…

They get it

There’s no question that OpenSocial supports exactly what I was talking about last week. Check out Marc Andreessen’s post on the effort here – a must read for anyone who cares about open platforms.