The Venture Capital Aptitude Test (VCAT)

If you want additional proof that we’re in a bubble, here it is: young people are trying to get into the venture capital business again. I get several emails a week along these lines: I’m about to graduate from college where I majored in economics. I’ve always been interested [what does “always” mean for a [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:28+00:00 November 29th, 2006|Categories: Venture Capital|115 Comments

Beginner’s Guide to Digg

I recently read a great explanation of Digg by Neil Patel of Pronet Advertising. It’s called the Beginner’s Guide to Digg. If you’re a blogger and want to increase page views, you should read it...I learned a lot, anyway. This cool image, by the way, is from Urlyart.

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:28+00:00 November 27th, 2006|Categories: Blogging|8 Comments

GNOTE Conference

A new organization for technology evangelists has just been formed in Silicon Valley. (Secular evangelism has arrived!) The organization’s first conference is coming up on December 4th. Here is the agenda. Network Meeting Center 5201 Great America Parkway Santa Clara, CA 95054 408-562-6111 12/4/2006, 11:30 am - 6:00 pm I hope to see you there!

By | 2015-03-17T09:51:35+00:00 November 24th, 2006|Categories: Events, Marketing and Sales|12 Comments

Money as a Social Barrier

Check out this study by Prof. Kathleen Vohs of the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!). She tested the hypothesis that thinking about money can create social barriers. Here is a description of what she did: “To examine this idea in a more controlled setting, Vohs, now at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:30+00:00 November 23rd, 2006|Categories: Marketing and Sales|30 Comments

The Art of Panels

Scott Kirsner wrote a great article called “12 Guidelines for Great Panels.” Check it out here. If you read "How to Be a Great Moderator" and "How to Kick Butt on a Panel," you’d have panels down to a science. I have an additional insight regarding panels. Most panels have audiences of 100 to 250 [...]

By | 2015-03-17T09:51:38+00:00 November 20th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|12 Comments

Funding Your Dream Video

This is the video recording of the “Funding Your Dream” panel at Garage’s recent “Art of the Start Conference.” The moderator is Mohanjit Jolly, Managing Director - Garage Technology Ventures. The speakers are: Daniel Ahn, Managing Director - Woodside Fund Susan Mason, General Partner - Onset Ventures Chris Moran, General Manager - Applied Ventures Warren [...]

By | 2015-03-18T07:43:05+00:00 November 15th, 2006|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital|Tags: |24 Comments

My Trip to Phoenix

Inspired by The Amateur Gourmet’s truffles-centric adventure, I present to you a “comic” based on a recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona. I was there to speak to the Outlook Leadership conference for convenience-store retailers. This was created with Comic Life from Plasq. While I was there, I asked my hockey buddy, Prof. Steven Strasler, if [...]

By | 2015-03-17T09:51:42+00:00 November 13th, 2006|Categories: Cool Stuff, Entrepreneurship|35 Comments

Reality Check: cFares

Garage is an investor in a discount travel company called cFares. First, here’s some background info about the travel business: A large portion of airfare expenditures flow through the GDS systems (ie: Sabre, Amadeus, and Galileo). “First generation online travel sites” such as Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz rely on available inventory within the GDS supply. [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:38+00:00 November 13th, 2006|Categories: Books, Venture Capital|Tags: |34 Comments

Woz and Guy On Stage at the Commonwealth Club

Woz and I are having a “fireside chat” on November 16th. We will discuss iWoz, Apple, and tech entrepreneurship. Here are the logistical details: 6:30 p.m. Santa Clara Marriott Grand Ballroom 2700 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara Standard seating: $15 for Members, $25 for Non-Members Premium seating (seating at the front of the room): $35 [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:41+00:00 November 9th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship|14 Comments

Ten Questions with Amanda Congdon

Amanda Congdon was one of the first, if not the first, videoblog sensations. As a host of Rocketboom, she had approximately 300,000 viewers in the spring of 2006. She extended her online fame to a television appearance on the CBS television show CSI. (This is the show—which I love—where all the cops are good looking; [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:44+00:00 November 8th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|21 Comments

Counterpoint: Patents and Defensibility

Three of my buddies who are patent attorneys disagreed with my diatribe against patents as a key component of a startup’s defensibility. Being the open-minded Guy that I am, I offered to publish their counterpoint so that you can obtain a broader perspective of intellectual property issues for startups. Patent law is currently a sea [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:46+00:00 November 6th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation|24 Comments

Reality Check: RAZZ Mixer

RAZZ, Inc. recently introduced the RAZZ Mixer. It enables people to create personalized audio recordings to post on web pages. This is a Flash-based application consisting of a voice recorder, music uploader, and special effects sound board with hundreds of pre-recorded sounds. Users “mix” recordings for posting onto social-networking sites and blogs. These recordings serve [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:50+00:00 November 2nd, 2006|Categories: Books, Venture Capital|Tags: |29 Comments

The Art of Projections in a Dotcom 2.0 World

The world is running amok with entrepreneurs pitching every sort of Web 2.0, social networking, user-generated-content startup. It’s the attack of the bull-shiitake startup projections, so I’m losing my hearing; there’s a ringing in my head, and I get dizzy every once in a while. Before the world implodes (again), here is a top-tenish list [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:52+00:00 November 2nd, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management, Pitching and Presenting, Venture Capital|Tags: |35 Comments

The Art of the Start Conference

Just a reminder: Hope to see you guys at the Garage/SVASE "Art of the Start" event on Wednesday, November 8th. It’s at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, California. We’re covering the topics of entrepreneurship, venture capital, product introduction, sales, and marketing. The highlight is a fireside chat with Michael Arrington of TechCrunch. The [...]

By | 2016-10-24T14:23:55+00:00 November 1st, 2006|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Events, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |14 Comments

Woz Outtakes

Steve O’Hear traveled to America in 2004 with two friends in order to document life in Silicon Valley. The end result is a DVD that he’s selling called In Search of the Valley. It contains interviews of people like John Warnock (Adobe), Andy Hertzfeld (Macintosh programming whiz), Woz, Craig Newmark (Craig’s List) Tim O’Reilly (O’Reilly [...]

By | 2015-03-17T09:51:56+00:00 November 1st, 2006|Categories: Apple, Cool Stuff, Entrepreneurship|8 Comments