Archives / December, 2008

Happy Holidays

From my family to yours… Send your own ElfYourself eCards   Starring Bob Mendelson, Jessica Mendelson, Paul Mendelson, Sydney the Dog and Sammie the Cat.  Conspicuously absent is yours truly.  Call it creative license.

What’s The Value Of My Startup?

I regularly get questions concerning how venture capitalists value companies.  In fact, there seems to be an increase in the frequency of this question to me personally and through AskTheVC.  It’s not an exact science.  On top of that, there isn’t a broad enough market to come anywhere near a public pricing mechanism.  (Insert joke…

Law Firm Fees Defy Economic and Reality Gravity

Ever since I posted my original rant about the over lawyering and overcharging by certain attorneys in the startup ecosystem, I’ve become synonymous with legal fees apparently. It isn’t all bad.  Our companies are being charged less, lawyers seem a little more likely to negotiate higher bills when the realize I’ll blog about them if…

Holiday Cards

I generally dislike holiday card season.  I get dozens of cards that all basically look the same.  They’re bad for the environment and are a bad use of company funds because nobody remembers anything about them or who they’re from.  I did, however, get a great card this year from one of the companies I…

Coldplay Sued by Joe Satriani and Why I Love Music Copyright Lawsuits.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Coldplay has been sued by Joe Satriani over Cold Play’s hit song Viva La Vida.  Joe is claiming that his song was ripped off.  I think the following video best explains the lawsuit.  It’s really uncanny how similar the songs are.  They are even the same key.  But is…