Idea Graveyard: Ground Truth Aggregation

[Note: this post is latest in my series of "startups that weren't." You can read more about other ideas I've (for now!) put in the idea graveyard.] Not too long ago quant research strategies employed by hedge funds were one of the few places time series data was analyzed at scale. But with the flood … Continue reading Idea Graveyard: Ground Truth Aggregation

Idea Graveyard: Leadgen for Cloud Infrastructure

[This is the first in a series of posts about businesses that weren't for a variety of reasons. You can read about others in Projects and Ideas.] In October 2016 I spent a few months with my friend and former board member/employee Jake Baillie looking into building a service that would offer a cloud computing estimation/calculator to help … Continue reading Idea Graveyard: Leadgen for Cloud Infrastructure

Can Silicon Valley Try Life in the Present, for a Minute?

Perhaps more accurately this should be titled “My Problem with Silicon Valley,” but I have a hunch I am not the only one who feels the region has become a caricature of itself, which is I suspect why many of us love the HBO series Silicon Valley– not because it’s funny, but because it’s eerily … Continue reading Can Silicon Valley Try Life in the Present, for a Minute?

You Don’t Always Get What You (Pre) Pay For

I was excited to back a Kickstarter project for an IoT enabled sensor lasts Spring. It arrived last month, seemed a little buggy (ok, a lot buggy), so I decided to give it a rest. Never got back to it, but today I received email from the manufacturer this morning indicating significantly degraded capabilities. I’m … Continue reading You Don’t Always Get What You (Pre) Pay For

The Death of Relationships?

This is a strange post to write. It makes me feel old, like that crusty-old attorney who swears he’ll have his secretary print out every email until the end of time. Except now I’m that guy whining. But I digress… Since starting my business close to a decade ago I’ve done dozens of enterprise deals … Continue reading The Death of Relationships?

Web Summit Recap

Spent the last week talking startups, entrepreneurship, tech and Guinness in Dublin this past week. The 4th annual Web Summit attracted some 22,000 people, and while it was overall a great event, the sheer size and lack of planning experience led to a few major kinks with the event. Ditto with the weekend after-party, aka … Continue reading Web Summit Recap

Iceland Startups and Mapping

While in Iceland I dropped by Startup Reykjavik for an informal meet and greet with the current crop of companies being incubated/accelerated. I also paid a visit to the Land Survey of Iceland to chat about mapping and related spatial data issues. Startup Reykjavik is the brainchild of Balla Kamallakharan, whom I coincidentally met in San Francisco earlier … Continue reading Iceland Startups and Mapping

Time for a Diet

When we think of dieting, it’s usually to combat some short term phenomenon (eg, I want to lose weight). Diets are by definition temporary. Longer term approaches that seek to modify behaviors can be more enduring and pay handsome dividends (increased confidence, lifespan, health, etc…) but they take real commitment. As I think about diets and commitment, … Continue reading Time for a Diet