Archives / November, 2009

ABA Journal Picks its 100 Favorite Blogs – and I’m on it

Editors of the ABA Journal today announced they have selected Mendelson’s Musings as one of the top 100 best websites by lawyers, for lawyers. That’s pretty cool, especially since I don’t focus all of my efforts on the legal profession.  But to quote them: “Mendelson’s Musings drew our admiration this year when Boulder, Colo., lawyer/venture…

I Love My Lijit Search Capability

I am not sure if I have to issue a silly FTC disclaimer along with complimenting one of our portfolio companies, but I do have to say that I love Lijit.  This isn’t something new, mind you.  We made the investment quite some time ago, but today I was reminded of another reason why it’s…

Senator Dodd – Making it harder for small businesses to get funded

Several of my Seattle friends pointed out that Senator Dodd has proposed changes to the regulations that govern angel and VC investments. Every time a VC or angel investor participates in a venture financing, there is a Reg D statement that is filled.  Currently, it’s a federal file that you file with the feds and…

Why Don’t Venture Capitalists Tell You Why They Won’t Invest?

Today, I was asked through AskTheVC the following question: ‘”Why don’t VCs tell you the reason why they don’t invest? Any feedback would be useful. It’s just plain rude.” I figured that this is really a personal question, so I thought that I’d post on my personal blog, as I certainly can’t speak (or even…

Twitter: “We Own You Bitch”

Definitely one of the funniest things that I’ve seen in a long while – Twitter “responds” to criticisms about its service.

My Day at the Supreme Court

Thanks to our friend Phil Weiser, who is at the US Department of Justice for the next couple of years, Brad, Amy and I were invited to watch the Bilski oral argument at the Supreme Court.  If you don’t believe me, here is a picture of Brad and I on the steps of the courthouse…

Are You a Great Lawyer and Do You Need a Job?

Are you a lawyer who doesn’t want to work at a law firm anymore but who still wants to work on really interesting transactions?  Shareholder Representative Services (SRS) is looking to hire someone to work as a stockholder representative on its transactions.  They’re getting a lot of new deals and need another person to help…

Gratuitous Chocolate (a.k.a “Seth Ellis Chocolatier Rocks”)

Yesterday, I held office hours at the bunker and was fortunate to meet several new entrepreneurs and re-connect with some old acquaintances.  The best part of the afternoon, however, was a visit by Rick Levine, co-founder and chocolatier of Seth Ellis Chocolates.  Rick decided to drop by and bring some chocolates for me to try. …

Whatever

I’m not sure how I missed this song when it came out, but I’m glad that I found it now.  Whatever.  Thanks to my friend Steve Tonsfeldt, one of my most trusted musical discovery folks as well as an incredible M&A lawyer for passing along.  See, I don’t hate all lawyers, despite rumors to the…

Community Office Hours Coming Up

I have another set of open office hours coming up – this Thursday, November 5th.  If you are interested in getting together, you can sign up here.  The TechStars bunker is where I’ll be and I hope, that like last time, I’ll get to meet some new friends.