Month: April 2012

Vivisimo Shows You Don’t Have to Sell Fast

Thanks to the Instagram sale there’s another frenzy of articles and people who want to talk about how VC/Seed funded startups “work”.  They want to tell you that startups come up with a good idea, prototype, get funded, create massive growth, and then sell… just like that.  This worked for…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Teutonia Männerchor Edition

Were you aware that Pittsburgh has a big old German Club on the North Side?  I wasn’t until my weekly Sauerkraut Searching turned up the picture above accompanying the announcement of their Spring Picnic.  I have zero German blood, but the club seems to be quite the historical little piece…

No Computer!!!

You may not be hearing much from me the next couple weeks.  My laptop is on its way to HP for repairs so the only computers I have access to are my home desktop and the locked down desktop I have at the office.  Since I’m in NYC Monday to…

Twitter and Patents

I, like many of the innovative people in the startup world, am very uncomfortable with the way patents are being used today.  Market economies succeed because c competition based on usefulness and price.  Today, instead of trying to innovate in ways that will increase usefulness or decrease price, too many…

Life’s Risky Business

I’m doing some work with banks lately and it always impresses me the size and importance of their risk departments.  They study counter-party risk (the risk someone you’re doing business will fail), credit risk (the risk that someone won’t be able to pay due to other obligations), market risk (the…

Amazon’s Toolkit Strategy

Amazon announced the other day that they were releasing a product called CloudSearch.  It’s yet another new product within the AWS portfolio, a portfolio that is getting so full of features that it is beginning become difficult to categorize.  Traditionally there have three types of cloud services; Infrastructure as a…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Baseball Dog Edition

If you follow this blog you know that I have a passion for baseball and a curious blog-related relationship with sauerkraut.  Well these two passions do meet occassionly, typically on a magical food known as the hot dog.  So when I found this article predicting that Major League Baseball teams…

Live TV Fights Back

Live television is more profitable then recorded or “On Demand” television.  People have no choice but to sit through the ads, and that means the advertisers pay more money if people watch your show live.  The problem is, people have lives (and they don’t like ads).  I’ve argued before that…

2 Ways to Spend 1 Billion Dollars

$2 Billion changed hands yesterday in the form of the two biggest news items of the day: Facebook spent $1 Billion on Instagram.  They acquired an innovative, competitive (if tangentially) product to make their company better. Microsoft spent $1 Billion buying patents from AOL.  The rumor is that they may have…

Sunny Days?

One of my primary investment theses at the moment is that the cloud is not only growing, but that we are just scratching the surface of what’s possible.  That’s why when I read that Amazon’s S3 growth has declined slightly, I was surprised.  To be clear, it’s not like S3…