Month: February 2010

Sunday Sauerkraut: Early Edition

This is the early edition brought to you at 4pm GMT, or 11am EST. As I go through the week, I use Twitter to send out little updates and links.  I realize that I do this quite a bit and that not all of you have Twitter, so with that in…

Two Free In-Stream Advertising Startup Ideas – Part 3: Endorsements

Over the last three days (ending today) I have presented two fantastic startup ideas.  In the first post, I profiled the competition (in this case, the in-stream advertising company Ad.ly) and provided a brief introduction to “in stream” marketing.  Yesterday and in the post your reading now I presented one of…

Two Free In-Stream Advertising Startup Ideas – Part 2: The News

Over the next three days I am going to present two fantastic startup ideas.  In yesterday’s post, I profiled the competition (in this case, the in-stream advertising company Ad.ly) and provided a brief introduction to “in stream” marketing.  Today and Tomorrow I will present one of Ad.ly’s shortcomings and the…

Two Free In-Stream Advertising Startup Ideas – Part 1: The Competition

Over the next three days I am going to present two fantastic startup ideas.  In today’s post I will profile the competition (in this case, the in-stream advertising company Ad.ly).  Both Tomorrow and Saturday I will present one of Ad.ly’s shortcomings and the way I would attack it. There has…

Lawyers, The Latest Talent Well for Startups?

I ran across this article posted by someone at the Innovation Practice Institute (IPI) of Pitt Law.  I haven’t been able to find out much about the IPI but I gather that it helps lawyers transition to entrepreneurship or at least to council entrepreneurs.  A highlight from the article includes:…

A Couple Interesting Local Business Stories in the News

Mike Madison asked whether it’s possible for local startups to get local funding and remain local.  He points out that there are many people who still contend that local investors are too conservative.  This stringency of funding puts pressure on companies to move to the funding.   Mike points out that…

Book Review: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

I absolutely loved the book Outliers.  It explored what REALLY makes the most successful Americans successful.  In the process he uncovers some startling truths (or at least theories) about human nature.  Among the things that I found most interesting: Asians may be better at math because of the produce that…

Sunday Sauerkraut with Kielbasa

While I use sauerkraut as a way to describe my Sunday hodge-podge posts, I don’t actually like to eat the stuff.  I do however, LOVE to eat kielbasa.  In fact, I just had some great kielbasa yesterday, over Mrs. T’s Pirogies.  Anyways, on to the good stuff. As I go through…

An Open Letter on Sharing the Blog of Burgher Jon

Friends/Readers/Commenters, All bloggers go in to blogging for one reason or another.  I’m in it (primarily) to help build a community around and gain exposure for the Pittsburgh Technology Scene.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some tremendous side effects; getting the opportunity to talk about technology and Pittsburgh, network…

The VC World: Too Big or Too Small?

A few months ago (actually back in April) Fred Wilson took a look at how much money can be in the VC world and still allow for profitability.  He ended up concluding, “I think ‘back to the future’ is the answer to most of the venture capital asset class problems….