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Loss of a Friend

This post is probably more for me than readers of this blog, but today I lost one of my best friends.  She was my cat Sammie. We met each other while she was a stray that hung around the neighborhood. One day, she was injured in a fight (presumably a raccoon) and had one door…

Want an Introduction to one of our Portfolio Companies? Here is what NOT to Do

I’m asked all the time to play matchmaker between folks and companies that we’ve invested in.  Sometimes it’s someone looking for a job, sometimes it’s one company looking to partner with one of our investments and other times it’s something completely different.  I’m always happy to do so long as I think it could be…

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…

Refine Your Own Personal Elevator Pitch

Every day I meet new folks.  What this means is several times a day, I listen to someone’s life story (in abbreviated form) and I reciprocate. In short, we are giving each other our own personal elevator pitches. Lately, I’ve noticed people who are seemingly unaware of how "their story" is playing with me, or…

What Boulder Means to Me

The folks over at Boulder.me are soliciting folks to write about what living in Boulder means to them.  They are going to be collecting them and posting on their site. In case you haven’t seen the site, Boulder.me is for folks that are interested in the Boulder startup ecosystem with a bent toward wooing great…

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…

Bernanke versus Bush – Winner Bernanke

This from my new friend Alfred Levitt… He was watching CNBC today and noticed that they elected to carry Bernanke’s remarks to the Senate Banking Committee rather than President Bush, who was addressing the nation about the economy.  While a obvious choice in some respects, I believe it says something very important about what the…

Why Does Hell Need A Guard Dog?

While at lunch today with Ryan, we began a discussion about the debt markets (not good) and how this might affect private equity shops.  I had heard rumblings from my hometown of Detroit that Cerberus Capital might be a little light in the cash flow department with respect to its investment in Chrysler.  It was…