I’m thrilled to announce our latest investment. We led the Series A in an early stage company in NYC called I’m In Like With You (or IILWY) along with our friend John Borthwick at Betaworks, Ron Conway & Marc Andreesen.
The games are a blast to play. They are casual mulitiplayer games. Works in a browser, nothing to download. And it happens in real time. My favorite game right now is Gemmers.
IILWY was founded by Charles Forman. I’ve been really impressed with his creative and technical abilities to get this product off the ground and being enjoyed by so many users in a short period time. And he did all of this with a modest amount of angel financing from YCombinator, Betaworks and Ron Conway and the help of a small group of killer engineers.
It’s not about Tumblr, specifically. It’s about the web in general. It’s become overrun by too many animals. One of the last straws was adventures of mascarah, who, after reading a few posts where I expressed myself, wrote this:
Jakob is calling it quits on blogging. He’s tired of the abuse he’s getting online. I don’t think the web is being overrun by animals but it’s hard to argue with Jakob given the frequent attacks he gets.
I feel for him. He doesn’t deserve this crap. It’s just been awful. He’s a good guy. He’s accomplished a lot and should be proud of his work. His blog is also one of the most honest blogs out there and I’ve so enjoyed following his tumblelog.
I hope he comes back to blogging and this just turns out to be an understandable break.
Regardless I am looking forward to all of Jakob’s future projects. I’m rooting for him.
My song of the day inpsired by Bob Lefsetz letter “Track of the Day”. You should read the entire letter but I love when he says:
Listening to “Space Wrangler” is like having your best friend drop by unannounced and insist you get in his car for a road trip. The automobile’s not a Ferrari. It’s probably not even a convertible. And a movie star is not sitting in the backseat. But staring out the windshield, you’re in heaven anyway. Thinking that being alive is so fucking great! Thinking about the unknown, contemplating your adventure.
It’s no secret that I’ve been a Twitter user and a big fan of the service for some time now.
In April of last year, I wrote a post (on my old blog) about getting into the feel of Twitter, the potential for 3rd parties app and enjoying all of my 19 friends that were in my immediate Twitter network.
Then about a month after that, I wrote this post about being addicted to Twitter. That post is interesting to me. I linked to a great post by Dave Winer and I also urged my friend Howard Lindzon to start using Twitter. As you can see from his comment, he wasn’t a user at the time. Now Howard is a very active user, following 140 people and has 975 followers. Pretty cool.
Since my original post, I’ve been using Twitter daily it seems. My network on Twitter has grown and I’m getting more and more from it. More sites are building in Twitter functionality too for games, music, and video. And users are doing more with it too.
I’ve also spent a lot of time with Jack, Ev, Biz & Jason over the past year. They are a fantastic team. I admire their passion and dedication to make Twitter into a global communication utility.
These message boards are alive and thriving with tons of smart people that are motivated by passion and a sense of community.
At the same time, most message boards have a dated user interface, poor search and notification & messaging systems that are lame at best. Some are getting better but many seem stuck. Even the more recent ones at Yahoo groups or facebook groups don’t do it for me. They just don’t seem to have the same sense of identity for these groups in my experience.
Online communities continue to gain speed and size though and that’s the key thing to pay attention to. But they need more applications, tools & services. They should start twittering together, searching together, shopping together, playing together and learning together.
“It was an all-too-familiar situation: Ahead, a red light glared, and bumper-to-bumper traffic stretched as far as the eye could see. Taxis honked. Drivers sighed. Nobody was happy - except the reporter on the white Vespa who slipped into the space between the lanes and nimbly passed among the cars. Pedestrians stopped to watch, and drivers’ eyes gleamed with irritation and envy as the reporter made her way to the front of the line, turned right, and zipped off on her way.”—
I’ve tried rebuilding the database several times and it still doesn’t work.
I guess I can always nuke the whole database and start over but that seems like a bad idea because at some point I’ll be back here again, right?
As much as I’d like to ditch MS Exchange server, I can’t. Our firm’s mail/group calendering/group phone numbers etc is entirely based on MS Exchange & Blackberry Enterprise server. It’s not going away anytime.
So my work around is to have Apple Mail read my Exchange mail. It does this beautifully.
I have Apple Address book syc with the MS Exchange server. Done.
And I’m was planning on using Outlook Web Access (OWA) for scheduling. But then I tried to set up a call for 2:45pm today and I saw this:
Am I seeing this right? Is it really not possible to set up a time that isn’t :30 or :00 with OWA?
In a classic rock mood this morning, so I thought I’d pick some Zeppelin. Flipping thought the tracks, I couldn’t settle on which song to pick, so I’m going with first song, first album, which also happens to be one of my favorites.
This is the ringtone on my phone these days so glad you posted this song Daryn!
Well today, our portfolio company Buzzwire announced that their service has just launched on AT&T. Buzzwire is a subscription streaming service that gives subscribers the ability to stream virtually any video or audio to your AT&T phone (except for the iPhone right now) without installing any new software to your phone.
So you can watch videos, listen to your favorite podcast or tune into your favorite radio station on the go. You can also upload mp3s, video, audio and RSS feeds as well. And if you like something you hear/see, you can SMS a link to a friend too.
A house ad came on and said “satellite was the future of radio”
I only listen to satellite radio in my car because it’s the best option in the car right now in terms of convenience.
But the future of radio isn’t satellite which by defintion is a one way system. Radio is broadcast as well. Not the future in my book. The future of radio is a two way system. And it’s going to come from the internet.
I was listening to songs from the various tumblelogs I follow on my dashboard this morning. Andy Weissman posted his favorite B&S tune "Lazy Line Painter Jane". That’s a great song but I can’t pick just one with this band. They are too good.
Since moving into my new place I’ve noticed something that has changed since the first time I installed WiFi in any home I’ve lived in.
My local network speed via WiFi (802.11n) is slower than my connectivity to the internet (thanks to Verizon FIOS). And setting up these networks still feels hard and fragile.
My home office and a few other rooms have ethernet in the new house but I dont’ like being tethered down to one spot in the house. That’s why we use laptops in the house instead of desktop machines for the most part.
The home network at home needs to improve. We’ve been living with the same set of technologies for the most part for about 10 years. Maybe more. We’ve been getting more speed but the ease of use leaves a lot to be desired. Installation remains complicated & challenging. And now the even the speed improvements isn’t keeping up with the last mile.
Our Sonos system uses their own networking scheme to mesh together. It’s quite clever. Once one node is active is a button click to activate new nodes.
I want all my the devices on my home network to work just like that. And I need it to get faster. Downstream and upstream.
I try to attend at least once a month. The last month has been tough for me with my travel schedule and next week isn’t any different unfortunately but then after that I will be attending about 1-2/month.
One thing I wanted to point out is that OpenCoffee is just that. It’s open for all. No RSVP required. Non invite required. It doesn’t matter if you are an entrepreneur or a VC. This is not an event organized by my firm Spark Capital. In just the last 3 weeks, two different boston VCs told me that they don’t attend because they thought I would feel like they were jumping into “my event”. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Nabeel and I kicked started this but now the event belongs to everyone and none of us. It just lives with those that partcipate.
So spread the word and bring a friend to the next OpenCoffee Cambridge.