Archives / July, 2009

Adam Smith – The Wealth of Lawyers

Adam Smith may have written the Wealth of Nations and been a seminal economist underpinning our capitalist thinking, but evidently his name-saked website about law firms doesn’t understand crap about law firm economics.  Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal printed an Op-Ed about The End of Big Law.  In short, the author argues that we’ve seen…

FirstDocs is Now Brightleaf

Back in January, we invested in a company called FirstDocs.  Essentially, it was an investment in the Law Firm 2.0 thesis that I’ve been blogging about.  I’m pleased to announce that they have renamed, re-branded and re-other things and are now Brightleaf. Check out their new website and not only will you (hopefully) marvel at…

Some Lawyers (and Their Clients) Continue to Suck – Now Suing Twitter Users

My favorite IT guy, Ross Carlson clued me on a recent lawsuit whereby a landlord is suing their tenant over a tweet whereby she besmirched their name. The tenant tweeted that her apartment was moldy and that her landlord thought it was okay.  Despite her having only 20 followers, the landlord claimed "damaged business reputation"…

New Techtars TV – And a Great "Set up"

The latest TechStars TV is out.  Not to be missed is David Cohen setting up the Everlater guys.  He completely convinced them that some cute girls thought that Nate and Natty were "rock stars."  Nice work, David, but I hear paybacks are a bitch. As a P.S., check out Everlater’s launched site.

Should Venture Capitalist Sell Out To Secondary Firms?

Every once in a while, I read something and go "huh?"  The most recent was the report that 52.9% of venture capitalist think that VC is broken. Per my post, I don’t think the model is broken and am disappointed in my colleagues who think it is.  Today, I read another article about VC being…

I Guess That I’m a Slave to My Cat

According to a recent report, cats control humans.Ā  As I’ve hypothesized for many years (being a caretaker of a stray cat), their purr is not so much a “I’m happy daddy” signal, rather a way to manipulate me to feed and / or pet them. According to today’s news report, I was right all along,…

I Like Offensive Puppets

I like offensive puppets.  I think Team America World Police is one of the funniest movies that I’ve ever seen.  As an aside, the fact that the original cut of the movie got a NC-17 rating is simply awesome.  Today, however, I ran across two more offensive puppets (but not anywhere nearly as offensive as…

The Machine That Goes Bing

On the news that Bing is overtaking Yahoo! for position in search rankings, I’ve decided to spend the next month going "bing."  Call me a bandwagon fool.  I’m only going to use Bing for search and see what happens.  I’ll let y’all know…  I’m sure that my partner Ryan McIntyre won’t do the same as…

Dating Deal Flow

Off my recent post about where VCs find their portfolio companies, one reader (Valto Loikkanen) sent me the following: "Knowing you like to compare startup/vc relationship/meeting to ‘dating’ etc. I just had to try and put these divisions to those terms, but did not want to put this public in your post šŸ™‚ Dating Deal…

Where Do Venture Capitalists Find Their Companies?

I’ve received a few emails recently asking me where VCs find their investment companies.  I can’t speak for all firms, but if I look over the past 10 years of my career and add in results from other VCs that I’m close to, I will conclude the following: VCs get their deal flow from the…