Archives / June, 2010

Bilski Redux and Why You Shouldn’t Believe Everything You Read

The Bilski decision came down yesterday and I’m still in a state of complete denial.  Basically, the court punted on the difficult issues and while denying Bilski his patent, they didn’t do anything to help the horrible state of the patent ecosystem that we have today.  (For a great summary of the case, check out…

Interview With Rich Baer – GC and CAO of Qwest

Law.com has a great interview with Rich Baer, General Counsel and CAO at Qwest.  I find 99% of interviews worthless, but this is one of the few that allows the reader to actually understand the subject a bit. The premise of the interview is that Rich is moving on from Qwest after the announced merger…

Crowdsourcing Patent Research – Article One Partners

I was recently introduced to Article One Partners, a crowdsourcing website that is dedicated to uncovering research related to the validity of patents. Just because a patent has been granted by the USPTO does not mean that it should have been – in fact, nearly half of all patents litigated to judgment are eventually determined…

Control Your Most Important Asset – Your Brand

Last week I wrote a blog about Atomic PR and their illegal spamming of folks trying to generate buzz for their clients.  [Note: they’ve since apologized and have agreed to stop doing this and let folks opt out – see the comments area for the CEO’s reaction post]. One of the most interesting things to…

Drummer Gone Wild

As a former drummer, I like to poke fun at drummers.  They/we are all wired just a bit “differently.”  A while ago, I listed my favorite drummer jokes and the post is now one of the top search results on Google.  Yesterday, my friend John Bliss, CEO of Blipsnips, sent me this great video of…

I’m With Coco (and why Reggie Watts will be very famous)

I have been in Boston this weekend hanging out with friends following a few days of board meetings, Techstars demo night (which rocked) and a day visiting with our investors.  I figured that I’d tack on a long weekend and explore a town that I visit often, but rarely go out and “play” in.  Yesterday…

Why AtomicPR Sucks Ass. And How They are Breaking the Law, Too.

A little while ago, I blogged about how some public relations firms were spamming me.  In short, I was getting tired of random PR firms sending me emails about stuff that I didn’t care about and thus further cluttering up my inbox.  These random carpet bombing strategies were both abusive and stupid – some poor…

Oblong TED Talk

If you have followed our investment in Oblong, you know that it is one of the most innovative companies that we’ve ever invested in. They spoke at TED this year and the video is now available.  Witness the future of computer user interfaces and collaboration.