Archives / July, 2008

I Like Buying Books Online. I Won’t Buy Televisions

Despite the fact that I’m remodeling my house and completely replacing all of my audio visual infrastructure, my friend Ryan has just gone through a horrific experience buying a television online.  Ryan, glad you are finally up and running.

iPhone Accessory Pricing Apple VS. AT&T

While cruising around looking for accessories for my new favorite gadget, I stumbled across some interesting pricing regarding a couple of iPhone accessories.  While looking for a bluetooth headset, I notice the same headset available on both the Apple site and the AT&T Wireless site.  On the AT&T site, the same headset is $30 more…

Law Firm 2.0 – Re-architecting the Law Firm – Cost Structures

If you’ve been following along my series on Law Firm 2.0, you’ve probably noticed that I advocate decreased billings to clients, more efficiencies in some types of transactions as well as finally addressing the associate retention issue. One reaction could be that I advocate a transfer of wealth from law firm partners to their associates…

Why Does Hell Need A Guard Dog?

While at lunch today with Ryan, we began a discussion about the debt markets (not good) and how this might affect private equity shops.  I had heard rumblings from my hometown of Detroit that Cerberus Capital might be a little light in the cash flow department with respect to its investment in Chrysler.  It was…

Everyone Needs An iPhone

I mean it.  Really.  And this comes from a guy who hated the first version and stuck with his Windows 6.1-enabled Motorola Q2. I was one of the few people in the country who had a great iPhone experience.  I showed up at my local Apple store on Saturday morning at 9:30am.   There was a…

Snow Storms in July

Sounds like the next album from an up and coming indie band, but no, it’s called Colorado, it’s called today and it happened while making the ascent to Mount Belford. I’m on vacation in southern Colorado hiking with my good friend Eric Jensen.  Yes, you can tease me for being on my computer, or you…

Investment in Topspin

Given my passion for all things music, I’ve always wanted to find a great VC deal to invest in.  Ryan and I have spent about 7 years looking for one and finally found what we think is an amazing company. See our Foundry Group posting on the investment.  Needless to say, I’m totally geeked. 

Restaurant Review: Cut – Beverly Hills

Along with venture capital, music and stirring up some occasional controversy, I also have a passion for food.   Born and raised outside Detroit, I can’t honestly say that I was brought up a "Foodie," but I certainly can’t complain about mom’s cooking.  The ten years that I spent in San Francisco Bay area definitely honed…

Gnip is Alive

We just posted a blog on Gnip, one of our latest investments over at the Foundry Group site. I’m really excited about this company.  As a heavy web applications user, my marginal enjoyment of these applications has begun to decrease as scalability issues have exponentially increased.  Take a read, it’s really a great idea and…