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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…

Be Prepared

It’s not just the Boy Scout motto, but some seemingly obvious advice that I’ve seen some folks screw up lately.  As I often say, there are only two resources that venture capitalist don’t have enough of and that is time and money (to invest in companies).  The money is my issue.  I’d love to invest…

Are PR People Becoming the New Spammers?

Is it just me or are you receiving a lot more emails that look like this: Hi Jason, Wanted to make you aware of the below funding announcement just released regarding a new [BLAH-nothing I care about]. Happy to make any introductions to the CEO, [John Smith] or any of the  below individuals for further…

PAY YOUR !*?@!%! LAWYERS!!!

Happy New Year.  I’m back. I’ve decided 2010 is the year that I admit my Law Firm 2.0 thesis is wrong.  I blew it.  BigLaw is alive and well – perfectly efficient and constructed – and all of my ramblings were just that. Yeah…  right.  It’s not April 1. But I AM pretty pissed off…

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…

Oppose Bailouts for Venture Capital Investors

As the Obama administration starts to talk about propping up small businesses with the next phase of the bailout, I’ve begun hearing noise from some venture capitalists and angel investors that the government should provide financial support to startups, early-stage venture capitalists and angel investors. All I can say to this is “vomit.” There are…

An Open Letter to Mr. Obama on Innovation Policy

Dear Mr. President, I feel compelled to write you a letter to express my thoughts and frustrations regarding innovation policy in our country.  While I have modest expectations that you’ll actually read this, perhaps someone in your inner circle will and represent my thoughts. First of all, I hope that you realize how very fortunate…

Great Article on Intellectual Ventures (sucking)

For those of you who share my disgust with the current patent ecosystem, here is a great piece from Timothy B. Lee on “Intellectual Ventures.” I use quotations, because it’s nearly impossible for me to call them “Intellectual Ventures” as I see nothing intellectual about the firm but for their desire to further deteriorate innovation…