Monthly Archives: November 2007

Venture Capitalism – luck or science?


Over at his excellent blog, A VC, Fred Wilson is bearing his Venture Capitalist soul and offering a lot of insight into his very successful VC firm.     Today, his analyses of why some startups fail sounded really compelling to me in the same way … Continue reading

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Google tells me I’m going to win the spectrum auction! w00t! ?


Screw Ed McMahon and Publishers Clearinghouse, Google has assured me that you and I are going to win the multi billion dollar spectrum auction coming up at the FCC.   I just hope I can resell it to Google after we win … Continue reading

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Spamming down?


Wired is reporting that according to Google the total amount of email spam is going down.  (Thanks to Metroknow for the tip) . This should be great news for many but it doesn’t really jive with my personal experience. My Google gmail spam box … Continue reading

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Mossberg on Amazon’s Kindle book reader – just fair.


Bloggers roundly panned the Kindle a few weeks ago during it’s launch, and then Amazon sold out of them almost immediately.  However many (including me) suspect they just didn’t build that many.   Given the negative initial reactions from so many, … Continue reading

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Venture Capital: Fred rules but his 3x rule is too optimistic! ?


Fred Wilson’s got a fascinating post about his history of investments over at Union Square Ventures.   Of course he’s got every reason to post his results, which appear to be exceptional although he has left out a key factor in his little analysis, … Continue reading

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Yahoo! WAKE UP!


It’s very frustrating being a Yahoo shareholder. Not because Yahoo isn’t a good company, in fact Yahoo is a *great* company. Not because Yahoo doesn’t seem to “get it”, Yahoo arguably “gets it” better than almost all other companies in … Continue reading

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Berners-Lee: More study of WWW needed


Tim Berners-Lee, the closest thing we have to an “inventor” of the web as we know it today, is calling for more integrated, broad studies of the internet rather than the mostly piecemeal academic work being done now.     He’s right.   The internet … Continue reading

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Facebook and Politics do mix?


The New York Times  reports that ABC and Facebook have developed a plan to cover the US Presidential campaign debates that come just before the New Hampshire primaries.    The January 5 event promises to allow Facebookers to participate very actively … Continue reading

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Brightcove darkens. More companies to follow.


Update:   Here’s the word from Brightcove  Brightcove, a formerly “promising” video distribution startup has given up it’s lackluster battle to compete with YouTube in consumer video, though *it will remain open as a distribution point for high quality video.    (High quality video?  Isn’t that … Continue reading

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Digital TV is coming sooner than you think ? Do you care?


February 2009 is the date for the mandatory transition to digital TV.   Here is a great website to answer a lot of questions folks may have about this major transition in broadcasting and hardware technologies. I’m still undecided about whether this … Continue reading

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