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Frustrations

Fill Out Your Brackets For September Madness!

In all the upheaval of the financial markets, it’s nice to see someone with a sense of humor.  My friend, Eric Jensen sent this to me today.  Get your picks into me.  The winner will receive Lehman or WAMU, your choice.      Also interesting, is this this document on the "vanishing act" of investment…

Stupid Patent Case of the Week

I’m sick of the current state of affairs of the U.S. patent ecosystem.  Among my many frustrations, this is certainly high on the list.  My partner Brad also feels the same way.  While Brad has blogged extensively, with some help from me before I wrote my own blog, I’ve been silent lately.  But I recently…

Should I Pay My Venture Capitalist To Consult For My Company?

Many of you may know this, but I co-author Ask The VC with my partner Brad.  Normally, I don’t cross post content, but this one just frustrated me in a way that I haven’t felt in a while.  Q:  My company is backed by VC firm to whom we also pay a $2k/month "consulting fee."…

The Most Useless Button Ever

  So, the blogosphere was helpful explaining to the me the necessity of Hell having a guard dog, so maybe y’all can help me with this one: Why do elevators have a "door close" button?  While I’ve been pretty satisfied with the performances of door open buttons on most elevators that I’ve ridden in, it…

I Like Buying Books Online. I Won’t Buy Televisions

Despite the fact that I’m remodeling my house and completely replacing all of my audio visual infrastructure, my friend Ryan has just gone through a horrific experience buying a television online.  Ryan, glad you are finally up and running.

Law Firm 2.0 – Why can’t financings be easier and cheaper?

Despite the valiant attempt of Sarah Reed (at the time general counsel at Charles River Ventures and now a partner at Lowenstein Sandler) and the rest of the NVCA committee (of which I was a part of) on model legal documents, I got many comments that the NVCA model documents “don’t work.” I think this…

Law Firm 2.0 – Let’s Make This Easier

I previously posted an article called “Why Start-up Lawyers Frustrate Me.” In only my 4th post on my new blog, I managed to piss off nearly every friend I have who works for a major law firm. There has been a ton of press and I think my IT guy is ready to shut off…