Archives / October, 2008

The kind people at AdSense are easing our fears

I find it strange that Google felt the need to send the following note out to their publishers (are we going to stop writing/publishing because we fear the bottom has fallen out of the CPC market?!?). Dear Publisher, We understand that the recent economic turmoil has created a lot of uncertainty in the lives of…

why do we stray?

A recurring theme in venture circles these last few weeks has been "Back To Basics" with VC pundits boldly prognosticating about the current state of the markets, talking about the infamous Sequoia deck and trying not to make people wince as they lay their claim to how they saw all this coming (I’m not immune…

i am a patriot

I really do try to stay away from politics in this space (with the somewhat recent exception of my post on attending the Democratic Convention, although even that post didn’t discuss policy).  However I can’t seem to hold myself back this time.  I’m completely frustrated with some of the rhetoric coming out of the Republican…

agile company creation

There is nothing linear about starting and building a business. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way and successful companies are not only are open to change from their original ideas but build systematic processes for checking and rechecking their business assumptions during the early days of their company. The idea really…

Come to Defrag!

I can’t state it more simply or directly than the title to this post – you should be coming to the Defrag conference (www.defragcon.com).  Foundry started Defrag with conference veteran Eric Norlin to bring together a group of technologists to talk about the challenges around increasing fragmentation of data online and the tools and technologies…

out of digits

For those that scoffed at my posts (here and here) about the US savings rate falling below zero (written during the summer of 05′) here’s another, somewhat less scientific data point (not that the skeptics need further convincing these days). The National Debt Clock which counts the total national debt (not consumer debt, but that…

Colorado Bloggers Challenge

Micah has recruited a number of Colorado bloggers to promote the 2008 DonorsChoose Bloggers Challenge.  There are some great (and well deserving) projects up – you can take a look at them by checking out the widget on my blog (scroll down a bit to find it) or head directly to the DonorsChoose website. Be…

what’s a company to do?

Now that I’ve received a link to the Sequoia "Holy Shit" presentation about 30 times along with about a dozen emails asking "what do you think?" it’s probably time for a post.  My partner Jason has a great post up on the subject (with a more general discussion of how the current markets effect our…

MSFT still has it…

I spent last Thursday at Microsoft for their annual VC Summit. While there are plenty of ways that the company can improve, I walked away with the very distinct feeling that the "market" underestimates the innovation coming out of Redmond and the ways in which the company is clearly changing and adapting to the new…