Month: June 2012

Enterprise Software Startups Make a Comeback

“Venture capitalists placed $2 billion with IT startups in the first quarter of this year, according to a survey by Dow Jones VentureSource, a 14% increase from the first quarter of 2011. Meanwhile, investors put 76% less investment in consumer internet companies. Software companies attracted the most funding, $1.3 billion,…

Google Voice Individualized Voicemail Messages

Occasionally I find a little feature that I like so much that I post it to the blog.  Today, that feature is Google Voice‘s individual contact options.  You can literally customize to the level of having different messages for each of your contacts.  This can also be done at the…

Gates and Jobs in the Context of Time

 “I firmly believe that 50 years from now he’ll be remembered for his charitable work. No one will even remember what Microsoft is, and all the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs. There will be statues of Gates across the third world and … there’s a…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Great Bratbino Edition

Everything in Texas is big right?  Well, they’re taking that to a new extreme with the “Great Bratbino”, a new bratwurst available at the Texas Rangers’ stadium in Arlington.  The brat (pictured above) is 2 feet long and comes with only one standard ingredient… sauerkraut. On to the purpose of Sauerkraut…

The Facebook IPO’s Effect on Software Startups

Two of the heavyweights in the startup world have now weighed in on the Facebook IPO and how it impacts the early stage software world, so I figured it’s time I did to.  Paul Graham has warned the companies in Y-Combinator about the dangers of needing money at a time…

Entrepreneurial Lessons from The Great Gatsby

And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes – a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s…

Monday Morning Musing: The End of Men

Last month there was an article in The Atlantic that dealt with the increasing education gap between women and men (yes, those are in the right order) and what effect it might have on the world going forward. The interesting part to me was the implication that mens’ advantage in…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Festivals Update Edition

It’s Sauerkraut Festival Season and it looks like Phelps NY and Ackley Iowa top the list of cities having their festivals in May.  Sure, Ackley’s is featured “Darrell the Balloon Guy”, but the award for cutest contest has to go to the corronation of Gavin Bassett and Maeghan Mahoney as…