Monthly Archive: August 2008

What makes a good VC?

If a strong financial background validates a VC’s ability to correctly run numbers. What validates a VC’s ability to correctly evaluate new markets? Great Post: One thing I was thinking (and I can say this… since I was a finance guy myself) is that perhaps one reason why there aren’t more NYC VCs is that a lot of them half Finance roots and that’s not …

Shai Agassi

I’d like to say that Thomas Friedman said it best when he said, “What would happen if you cross-bred Henry Ford and Yitzhak Rabin? You’d get Shai Agassi.” I think I can improve. Shai Agassi is a hero. Bottom line. (Read Thomas’s book, The World is Flat, and you might think he is one as well) The plain reality is that our civilization is experiencing …

America’s Management Team

When the media covers a presidency, they constantly refer to the phrase “The (insert president’s name here) administration”. A phrase that is reflective of a group of people that form consensus, make decisions, and ultimately run our country. They are America’s Management Team. When American citizens choose their next President and Vice President, why are they only presented with two teams, of two individuals (although, …

Linking Up the Living Room With The Internet

Intel’s announcement with Yahoo to bring widgets to the living room is not a real shocker. I have seen this image 2 years ago, while I was in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. (The widgets appeared on a 42″ LCD, hanging behind a 1 way reflective piece of glass. This was hanging in the bathroom, allowing people to check stocks and weather while …

A New Age of Online Media – The Build Up

“Here’s what’s important. We’ve allowed the way transitions look from the outside to drive our perception of what they must feel like to those going through them on the inside. From the outside, they look dramatic, almost revolutionary breakthroughs. But from the inside, they feel completely different, more like an organic development process.“-Jim Collins, Good to Great Lotame Grabs $13 Million in Funding for New …

Are You In College And Thinking About Your Career?

Fred Wilson recently wrote a post about one of his portfolio companies and its search for interns in the NYC area. In the Post… Greg Yardley, founder/CEO of our portfolio company Pinch Media tells the following story about graduating from college and facing the career question: When I finished school, I had a MA in Russian history and absolutely no idea what to do with …

New Perspective

My mouth has been wired shut for 3 weeks now due to genetics and orthognathic surgery. As a result, I have not been able to speak, effectively engage in verbal conversation, or eat any food. Within this 3 week period, I have also lost a close friend adding significant layers or pain, discomfort, and tension to an already difficult time. But through this extremely unpleasant …