So I can’t remember who first invited me to Dopplr. It was either Rafer or Prashant.
Dopplr is an online service for frequent travelers. You put in all of your upcoming trips and you hope that your traveling friends do the same.
I joined several months ago. And in the beginning I didn’t get it. It felt hard to use. It felt like yet another weak social network asking me to re-create myself online. I had to invite more friends to yet another service.
Lots of folks asked me what I thought and I would just reply, “it’s okay”. Which is code for “it’s not for me”.
But I was wrong. Way wrong.
It clicked about a month ago for me. Once I had a core group of friends using the service it became incredibly useful. Now I love Dopplr. It’s fantastic. It’s made for folks like me that travel a lot and have friends that travel a lot. Using Dopplr I’ve been able to connect with my west coast friends while I’m traveling or when they are in NYC or Boston.
I’d like to see some improvements to Dopplr. Integrating with Twitter is a no-brainer. Also, to sync based on categories to Outlook or Gcal is also a must.
I was wrong about you Dopplr. I’m glad I stuck it out.
Dopplr is still in private beta but if you want to give it a try leave a comment here and I’ll send you an invite. Here’s my profile on Dopplr.
Last night Eric, Alan and I wanted to see Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at The Independent but they were sold out. So we ended up getting a beer in the Upper Haight. We had a fun night.
After I left the bar, I took a quick stroll through the Haight before catching a cab to my hotel. My first apartment in San Francisco was just a few blocks away from that neighborhood. It brought back a lot of memories.
I saw a bunch of guys clearly strung out on the street. Made me think of the old Velvet Underground song, I’m Just Waiting For the Man. Classic. Hard to believe it was recorded 40 years ago.
This morning I bought the tune from Amazon’s new Mp3 store. Couldn’t be easier.
Trackbacks and how they are implemented with todays blogging platforms are way more trouble than its worth. Its clunky to manage to say the least.
But links, trackbacks and comments are a critical part of the blogging conversation. I use technorati a few times a week to see what people are saying about my posts. Unfortunately Technorati isn’t used by everyone that reads this blog. So all of that conversation (other blog links) is missing from my blog posts.
We need a system that is smarter and easiser to use.
For example what if a service was built so that my comments section was automatically populated with related links and content. Just like how technorati does it but inside of my blog.
Or maybe some software that allows the reader/blogger to mouse over a blog post and see other blogs that reference this blog.
Bug Labs held their first meetup in NYC in August. It was a great turnout.
Well Peter & the company are now coming to Cambridge, MA on Oct 9th. Please join us if you are interested in the world of consumer electronics, open source and a world where web services meets hardware mashups.
The lack of wireless syncing and the lack of search is killing me.
I have a Curve but I hate the UI, crappy camera quality (example: same image, this one taken with iPhone and other with a Curve) and the Curve doesn’t have WiFi.
I’ve been looking for an excuse to go back to my trusty Blackberry. I told myself that either the iPhone will get better soon or I’ll ditch the iPhone when I can get a Curve with WiFi and hopefully a better camera.
Scott Kirsner has an article in the Boston Globe today about venture capitalists that blog and don’t blog.
I’m quoted in the piece along with other VC friends of mine. Scott also follows up his article with a post on his personal blog, Innovation Economy. In his follow up, he has a video with me and some other folks on the subject too.
First and foremost, I don’t consider myself a “VC blogger”. I don’t talk about venture capital/business exclusively. Or even most of the time. Those that read/interact with this blog know that. This blog is about me. All of me - work, personal, family, everything.
My blog is about getting my thoughts, observations & interests down on digital ink. But this blog is also about the feedback from you all. The conversation is a big reason why I keep blogging. The feedback comes in so many different ways. Sometimes its a link from another blog. Sometimes it’s when I meet someone in person that has read my blog. Or I’ll get an IM or Twitter after a post. Mostly I get email feedback & less frequently I will get comments after a post. And I’m learning along the way.
The new friends I discovered thru blogging has been wonderful. Even better are the existing “offline” friendships that have deepened in a special way.
It seems like yesterday that we moved back to Boston. At the time Lauren was 5 months pregnant with Ellie. And today she turned 6.
We started her day with her soccer game. Her team, the Pink Poodles played the Yellow Ducks. I have to brag a little here. Ellie was fantastic. She was running and working it non-stop and had a bunch of goals. This breakaway turned into a goal too.
After Ellie’s game we went to Sophia’s game. Sophia is on the traveling team and they played Lincoln today. Our team won and Sophia had a great left footer in for a goal today too.
This afternoon we had a fun party for Ellie and her little friends. It was a beautiful day and everyone had fun.
When I tucked her into bed tonight she said , “thanks daddy for my party. i had a great day today. i love you. good night”
Parenthood can be exhausting at times. But tonight it’s pretty darn sweet.
As you may know, panels at SXSW are voted on by the community. We are hoping that Bug Labs (a Spark portfolio company) is selected. Naturally I think Peter, Bug Labs CEO/founder would be a great speaker and his topic selected for consideration is called Hardware Mashups: Introducing the Long Tail of Gadgets.
Boston and all of Red Sox Nation are simply freaking out.
As a Yankees fan and as a kid from Long Island, I’m having the time of my life :)
Every day is like sunshine right now. Om sends me giddy Yankee email. My neighbors are pulling their hair out. We just hired a local boston person to join us an office admin and her favorite team is….wait for it….yes, the NY Yankees.
Who would of thought that my pilgrimage to Babe’s house was going to help so much.
I even like reading the Globe’s sport section instead of the NYTimes or ESPN these days. Especially when Boston’s own Bob Ryan has gems like this today:
"So here they are, stumbling and wheezing their way to the finish
line. Thanks to the Tigers, they will make the playoffs. If they don’t
hold on against the Yankees, there will be the predictable weeping and
wailing, and I do feel sorry in advance for those of you who’ll have to
listen to the cackling from that guy in your office who came up from
Queens or Joisey to go to BU and then decided to stick around. You’ll
get over it. Ask him what he was thinking after the 19-8 game. Sure, it
will sting because it’s the Yankees, but it doesn’t really matter. Were
the 2004 Red Sox champions of the AL East? The answer to that would be
But the truth is, there is no great reason to feel optimistic
about the chances of the 2007 Red Sox. Who gets the ball in Game 2 of
the AL Division Series? What if the bullpen doesn’t snap out of it?
What if Manny never Mannys? Will they manufacture at least one run?
Does Papi have some late-inning mojo in reserve? Will J.D. do anything?
Things may change as they always do. But right now, it’s mighty fun being a Yankees fan living inside the halls of Red Sox Nation.
Everyone seems to be tickled with all of the various open source and proprietaryalternatives to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Especially Mac users, since we have been offered the same old version of MS Office for years and years. It doesn’t even run native on the Mac yet.
I wish Mac-heads would stop putting so much energy on Word, Excel and Powerpoint alternatives. That’s not the problem and hasn’t been for years. The two apps that are important for us Mac users is a browser and email app. Thankfully Firefox has come to our rescue. Remember how bad browsing was on a Mac before Firefox.
But we haven’t solved the email nightmare. We need an alternative to MS Entourage! We need a new open source or proprietary mail client that works with Microsoft Exchange. The reality is that business world ain’t moving off of Exchange any time soon (I’m counting on Google and/or Yahoo’s Zimbra though).
Apple’s own Mail.app doesn’t work with Exchange. In fact there isn’t any mail client that runs on the Mac that works with MS Exchange except for…..Microsoft Entourage (2004 edition). It’s so bad that folks like Fred now has a Windows machine in his office.