Archives / February, 2010

Layoff Trackers

I find numbers fascinating and even better when they are put into context with digestible displays.  Data visualization is key and people with these skills will be in demand for my lifetime and well beyond. Two recent experiences with large data sets has been satisfying to me.  Unfortunately, both are showing the continual deterioration of…

Application for a Night out with the Boys

It’s Friday and y’all know that you are itching for a little bit of time away from your significant other.  Sure, you care for them dearly, but every once in a while it’s great to get out with your friends and let loose. In my efforts to improve the efficiency of our legal system and…

Law Degree for Sale

Some enterprising lawyer in San Francisco has decided to sell his law degree on Craigslist.  Awesome stuff.  From the sale description: “After several years of practicing law I have come to the conclusion that my law degree is useless and I don’t want to be a lawyer anymore. Though I spent over $100,000 on it…

Why Copyright Law is Stupid – A New Series

I’ve written about why lawyers frustrate me, why FAS 157 (Topic 820) sucks and why the current state of patent law stinks.  In each case, I’ve tried to not just be a critic, but be part of the solution. Specifically, I wrote an entire series on how law firms could change their ways to not…

Denver-based Online Education Startup Looking for VP of Engineering

If you are looking for a new opportunity, a new (but stealth) startup is looking for help.  I’ve promised not to “out’ the company, so if you re interested, email: jlcardjsm@gmail.com In their words: A Denver-based online education start-up, with a founding team which played leadership roles in creating two of the Internet’s most iconic…

Why Wouldn’t You Want to Work for Next Big Sound?

Seriously.  They are hiring engineers.  And you know that you love music, love working in an ultra-cool environment with great folks and want to get in on the ground floor and make a real difference. They have VC funding from Foundry Group, Alsop Louie and SoftTechVC.  They have tons of plans, too, to make a…

EBay meets the Business of Law

The other day, Nick Cronin, CEO of Lawbidding.com emailed me for me to check out his site.  In short, allows folks to confidentially post their legal issues for free, and then allows attorneys to search through the cases and place bids on that work, also for free.  The bids can be based on an hourly…

Have You Used Our Term Sheet Series?

Brad and I are thinking about updating our Venture Capital Term Sheet Series. We’ve heard over the years from folks that they’ve used our series to teach classes.  We are delighted by this and whenever we’ve been asked, we’ve always said (and will continue to always say) “with our blessing.”  However, we haven’t kept track…

Saison Dupont Belgian Farmhouse Ale

When they say Farmhouse, they aren’t kidding! I’m not much for barns and farm animals, but if there was a good way to describe all of these aromas, they are in this beer. It’s a really nice and complex Saison Dupont offering, much more involved than their more standard “Brasserie” offering (also commonly called just…

Microsoft Does The Right Thing.

Yesterday I posted about Young Startup Ventures trying to rip off Boston-based entrepreneurs. Today, I’m pleased to report that after hearing of the pay-to-pitch requirements of Young Startup Ventures, Microsoft has done the right thing and no longer is allowing the group to use their facilities.  We should all congratulate them on doing the right…