Archives / July, 2008

The Top 20 Albums Of All Time

I’m sure that everyone has seen lists before like this.  I’ve never found one that was useful, or in any way represented my opinions.  Today, however, I found a list that at least interested my inner numbers geek.  Yahoo! music has a post on what they think are the 20 best albums of all time…

Should I Pay My Venture Capitalist To Consult For My Company?

Many of you may know this, but I co-author Ask The VC with my partner Brad.  Normally, I don’t cross post content, but this one just frustrated me in a way that I haven’t felt in a while.  Q:  My company is backed by VC firm to whom we also pay a $2k/month "consulting fee."…

I Know What You Are Thinking… (Well Not Really)

Yesterday, we announced our latest investment at Foundry Group.  EmSense, based in San Francisco, has created the first scalable physiological and brainwave measurement technology platform, which provides accurate and objective moment-by-moment analysis of how a large audience responds emotionally and cognitively to media messaging. When Ryan and I met the company for our initial meeting…

The Most Useless Button Ever

  So, the blogosphere was helpful explaining to the me the necessity of Hell having a guard dog, so maybe y’all can help me with this one: Why do elevators have a "door close" button?  While I’ve been pretty satisfied with the performances of door open buttons on most elevators that I’ve ridden in, it…

Should We Scrap The "Cravath" Style Of Law Firm Hiring?

I just read a great paper called "Are We Selling Results Or Resumes?" by Professor William Henderson.  In a nutshell, the paper argues that law firms place too high a premium on hiring junior attorneys from top schools and this in turn causes costs for clients that cannot be maintained (the "Cravath" model).  In fact,…

Green Clovers and Blue Diamonds (and Frasca too)

The other night I went to Frasca with the Foodzie folks from TechStars.  On the way to dinner, I snapped these two pictures of the most incredible rainbow that I’ve ever seen.     Waiting at the end of the rainbow, was indeed a pot of gold, in the form of a wonderful dining experience.  I’ve…

The Police (Red) Rocks!

Last night I had the pleasure of attending The Police concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater last night.  Elvis Costello opened. Let’s just get this out of the way:  the show rocked.  Incredible.  This was easily a top five show of all time for me.  Elvis brought his whole band with him.  I’ve never seen him…

Are Covers Evil?

I’ve gone back and forth on whether cover versions of songs are evil.  Early on in my musical career, I was self-righteous and a self-proclaimed music snob and thought that any band that did a cover sucked and sold out. However, later in life, I’ve really come to enjoy well done covers.  Great compositions redone…

University of Colorado and Entrepreneurship

There is a new posting on the Foundry Group blog entitled: The University of Colorado and Entrepreneurship.  All five of the Foundry folks are actively involved with our adopted university and are all better off for it. I’d encourage other local folks to check out what they are up to.  On a number of fronts,…

Bernanke versus Bush – Winner Bernanke

This from my new friend Alfred Levitt… He was watching CNBC today and noticed that they elected to carry Bernanke’s remarks to the Senate Banking Committee rather than President Bush, who was addressing the nation about the economy.  While a obvious choice in some respects, I believe it says something very important about what the…