Archives / March, 2008

How do you make money on the Internet?

My partner Brad Feld was interviewed yesterday on NPR’s Talk of the Nation on the topic of how companies make money online. You can listen to the broadcast here.  The key take-away ultimately is that is you aggregate enough traffic you have a handful of options for turning those eyeballs into cash (probably worth of…

This Internet thing is just a fad

A 1995 article by Clifford Stoll has resurfaced on the Newsweek site: The Internet? Bah.  Hype Alert: Why cyberspace isn’t and will never be, nirvana.  Of course its fun (and easy) to make fun of pundits with the benefit of hindsight, but this one is particularly juicy with its sweeping – and as it turns…

Sharing practical experience

My partner Ryan related amusing story about leaving his brand new MacBook Air on a recent flight. I had a similar experience myself last week, which unfortunately didn’t end up quite as happily (although fortunately didn’t involve a $3,000 piece of technology). I left the office for a meeting on Friday afternoon with my hands…

Theme: Glue – Foundry Group cross-post

We’ve just put up another in a series of posts the active investment "themes" that we’re pursuing on the Foundry Group blog (see earlier theme posts here and here).  Today’s post introduces a theme that we’re calling "glue".  Glue is our term for the web infrastructure layer that facilitates the connections between web services and…

Munger has it right

I came across a great quote from Charlie Munger that I thought was right on: "if something’s not worth doing at all, its not worth doing well" Nicely put.

Serial vs. collective board communication

Board communication has been the topic of a handful of conversations over the past few weeks as several of the companies I work with have grappled with both the right level of communication as well as the correct forum for certain board level discussions and decisions.  Although there are a handful venues in which boards…

Sonos has guts

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you already know that I’m crazy about my Sonos system. Time has only increased my love of the product, which is on in our house pretty much non-stop when someone is home. Today I was pointed to a TeardownTV video of Sonos.  It’s definitely geeky, but if…

Apple juice

This is a shameless request for help from anyone out there who has a good Apple connection.  I’m trying to make the switch over to the iPhone.  So far I love it – the interface is great (intuitive in a way that only Apple seems to be able to perfect) and the touch screen typing…

Closing the top of the world

China has effectively closed off Mt. Everest peak attempts this year by baring teams from being on the mountain between March and June (which effectively closes off the window for an attempt from the Tibet side this year).  All of this is apparently in reaction to protests in recent years over Tibeten independence and the…

The 6 / 50 rule of internet advertising

comScore and behavioral ad network Tacoda  released a study last month that caught my eye.  It at least partially answers the question that I’m sure most regular internet users have asked themselves at one time or another: "who the heck actually clicks on these banner ads anyway?!?".  Turns out that about 6% of users are…