Whenever I see a great concert I have the show in my head and heart for days later if not weeks & months or more.
I talk about it with friends, I blog about it and I listen to songs from that particular artist around the clock it seems.
It happens all the time.
For example after the Ben Kweller show on Tuesday, I’ve done the same thing. Blogged about it after the show, checked out photos on Flickr that others took from that show, looked up other Twitter updates and I’ve been listening to “Changing Horses” non stop. I tried to find videos of the show on YouTube but didn’t find anything yet.
And then Live Nation sent me this email after the show.
The link didn’t actually work but it made me think that someone should figure out a way to bring fans together after the show and share all of this stuff. I’d also include set lists (with links to the actual songs w/imeem or something), videos from fans, photos from flickr, tweets and blog posts etc.
Maybe something like this already exists?
If so I’d love to use it.
Because I’m still walking above the clouds after that last BK show and I’m sure others are too.
Tumblerette was originally developed by the insanely talented Garrett Ross and Jeff Rock at Mobelux. We had the pleasure of hanging out with them in New York last month. Not only are these guys remarkable developers, they have an incredibly inspiring vision for building consumer products, and we couldn’t wait to start working with them on the next suite of Tumblr/iPhone features.
There’s a ton we have planned for mobile devices and the iPhone, and we’re obviously thrilled to be working with Jeff and Garrett :)
If you’ve already downloaded Tumblerette, you’ll need to re-download the new Tumblr app to get the updates. This version comes with some slick new features, including the iPhone native Dashboard. Go download it!! →
I’ve been noticing a trend that might have started with folks in the entertainment biz in southern california since the beginning of time but certainly has been happening more and more since the web 1.0 downturn.
The trend is for the entrepreneur to work on multiple projects at the same time.
When I was working in Silicon Valley during the entire 90’s that was extremely rare. You didn’t see the founders of ebay, Danger, Yahoo, Netscape, WebTV, Macromedia, @Home, Excite etc run their companies and at the same time work on other separate businesses or projects.
But it’s happening more and more. We see entrepreneurs starting multiple businesses at the same time. And I could see why. They get to build a portfolio, hedge their sweat equity, and work on diverse set of interesting things.
This is a tough one for an investor to get behind. We want our very best entrepreneurs working on the company that we either have backed or want to invest in.
(I realize that many entrepreneurs will cry foul here. I mean after all, VCs get to build a portfolio so why can’t they. It may look like a double standard here but VCs aren’t running these companies. And we are focused 100% on our own company otherwise our investors wouldn’t invest in our funds.)
Ultimately in early stage investing we are backing people. I think founders that don’t want to commit 100% aren’t helping these companies reach their fullest potential. The companies don’t get enough time/focus, employees get mixed signals, end users suffer (and you know how important they are). Plus, every early stage company goes through it’s ups and downs. If not every day then every week it seems. If the founder isn’t 100% committed then it’s hard to deal with those ups & downs properly.
In the future I suspect we will see more of this. But I’m not sure it’s the best way to do things.
(clarification: to be clear the “portfolio entrepreneur” is a very different thing than the serial entrepreneur. I’m a big fan of the serial entrepreneur and I’ll take that one on in a future post).
Lauren and I went to see Ben Kweller last night at the Somerville Theater. We’ve seen Ben play live 3 times now and this was the best show yet.
Ben opened with “Walk On Me”. After playing the opening he stopped, told the AV guy that he needed the guitar to be much louder and he started again. I knew we were going to have a great night after that.
Other highlights from the show: a killer version of “Wantin Her Again”, “Sawdust Man”, a new version of “Sundress”, “Thirteen” and joining the entire place singing “Falling” w/o music and closing with “Penny On The Train Track”.
It was so much fun hanging out with Ben after the show too. A great night.
“At the end of the day, I don’t think Twitter should be in the business of figuring out how they become a business. I think they should give their users a stable service and handful of tools, then get out of their way. With a team of less than 50 employees, Twitter is in a position to create an army of millions of passionate users to do most of the commercialization work for them. And, that’s a pretty enviable platform to build a business on.”—
We are working on things that don’t get in our users way and at the same time help Twitter become a big company. But I appreciate your bigger point Bryce. And it’s a good one. Especially the part about “getting out of the way”.
As many of you know Y Combinator is no longer supporting a Cambridge program. Paul & Jessica made this announcement last month. I said it was a loss for our local market.
Unknown to me at the time of that post, Brad Feld and David Cohen were busy working with Bill Warner (founder of Avid Technology) and Shawn Broderick setting up TechStars Boston. TechStars is an early stage, seed program for entrepreneurs and provides unique mentorship-support approach. TechStars is a relatively new program but off to a great start.
The next day or so, Brad reached out to me and told me what they had been working on. And we decided to get involved.
There is no question that as the #2 city for startups and VC money, Boston has a good thing going. Time and time again the big gaps that people talk about are the lack of seed stage mentorship, and the lack of angel funding. The concept of Techstars is essentially to try and fill that first gap, which hopefully leads to better positioned startups and a network of angels to fill the second gap.
“Our job is no longer to sell folks things they want to hear. They want an experience and to identify themselves as part of a community. Ownership then becomes a way of them supporting your community through investing in that community. Fostering that in an honest, transparent and “non-gross” way takes a combination of gracefulness, creativity and not taking oneself too seriously, while still taking art and music seriously.”—
“Boxee is a browser optimized for the 10 ft experience. Much like mobile browsers on phones, Boxee renders the content it finds on the web in a way that optimizes it for the device it runs on (in Boxee’s case that is the TV). Boxee is also an RSS reader optimized for the 10 ft experience. Content owners may initially see broswers and RSS readers optimized for TV viewing as disruptive and threatening, but just like mobile browsers are the friend of content owners, so are TV browsers.”—Why Hulu Should Embrace Boxee
“Which is to say, for magazine and online content, the Kindle is flawed mostly because the combination of screen refresh rate and overall device speed make it a real offline device. You can not credibly follow links, share content, or send a quick email— three actions that I now realize are more critical to consuming perishable (timely) content than are glossy layouts, displays that don’t tire the eyes, or even a number of product compromises that I would have previously considered dealkillers for a Kindle-like device.”—Waiting for that magic Kindle killing tablet
My friends Stu and Jason have been working on a better web charting application over at Visible Certainty (extra bonus points if you can tell me where that names comes from).
Their desire for better charting software comes from their belief that most charts/graphs hide the facts instead of presenting the facts. Sources are left out, readers can’t typically view source data or put multiple data sets together easily.
I love their latest post about healthcare coverage in the United States and how some charts don’t provide the entire picture.
The Decemberists are coming to Boston in June. Hoping to grab a few tickets when they go on sale in a few hours. This is another great song from the upcoming new album recently posted to their myspace page.
We are at the airport and about to leave for Boston.
We had a terrific week. The weather could not have been better. I had great quality time with Lauren and the kids. The beach was gorgeous. It was a break we all needed.
But on the 60+ minute drive from our hotel to the airport I couldn’t help but notice how dramatic the contrast is between our resort and the surrounding towns. I know there are many other places around the world that are worse off but the contrast was intense.
I pointed it out to my two older kids. We talked about and are going to continue talking about it. And we are going to work on contributing to the solution. Its gotta be more than an annual donation.
Those were the three words that came along with the first version of iTunes on the Mac. The message was was rip your CDs, create a playlist and burn a new CD.
This was well before the ipod, or iTunes Music Store, before apple DRM, or before proprietary formats.
Sure there were other desktop music jukebox applications at the time but that first initial version of itunes and that tag line from Apple of “Rip, Mix, Burn” said one thing to me.
We are putting our users first.
They got a lot of heat from the labels at the time for the slogan but Apple never took out or removed cd ripping or mp3 encoding.
There are a number of businesses we look at that have multiple parties in their universe. Advertisers, distributors, carriers, device manufacturers, developers, etc. Its hard to make everyone happy. But if the product is a consumer product then one thing matters above all.
The end user comes first.
Rip, mix, burn.
I loved that slogan. Simple, revolutionary and purposeful.
(Disclaimer: wrote this post quickly on my blackberry so forgive typos)
Well with just a day left to our vacation in paradise I thought I’d jot down some random thoughts.
I haven’t used my macbook all week. I’m sure the kids will use it on the flight home tomorrow but I honestly haven’t missed it. I’ve been able to do everything I wanted to do on my blackberry. My friend dave winer has been on the leading edge of the netbook role but after this week I’m not so sure.
I don’t use a rss reader anymore on the mac but logged back into my old google reader on my blackberry earlier this week. After a day I bailed on that too. Its just too clunky and too much stuff I won’t read. I get everything I need from folks I follow on twitter and from m.techmeme.
I’m noticing more tweets from my people I follow originating from the new tumblr dashboard. I’m looking forward to hearing if its having an impact on tumblrs traffic in a month or so.
I’ve tweeted about this a bunch of times this week but the camera on this bb8900 is wonderful. My brother told me its better than the iphone. For some it may not be enough but it makes me happy.
I need to drop more hints to get tumblr dashboard working on the blackberry browser :)
Most of the folks at Spark have been on twitter for awhile. We now have a twitter account set up for our company news @sparkcapital. But the newest addition to the twitter family at spark is my partner todd. He just started and he’s on a roll. You can follow him here
The coffee here in mexico is amazing. I’ve been on a green tea kick for some time but that is now officially over.
I am disappointed with the current Hulu decision regarding Boxee. Head over to the Boxee blog to read up on the latest. Avner tells me there are over 400 comments as of this morning. I’m hoping its a temporary setback for our users and hulu users. But there is still plenty of stuff to love with Boxee from a variety of big name and small name content partners. And more exciting things coming.
Watching my nearly (3) year old boy pick up so many spanish words in just a week has been amazing. At some point we are going to have spend more time abroad.
the feedback about TechStars Boston has been superb. I’ll write up a full post on that next week. Pls apply now and/or spread the word. Thanks!.
(Disclaimer: pls excuse any typos and poor writing. Write this post on my blackberry using markdown).
My wife lauren is a voracious reader. She’ll read at least a book a week. Sometimes she’ll read a few books in parallel.
And even though she is having fun with her tweets and iphone, she isn’t an early adopter of new technology. Lauren watches me configure, play with, evaluate and maintain new technology at home and often wonders why I do it.
I didn’t even try to buy her the Kindle when it first came out. I’ve known her too long to try a 1st gen product out on her.
The other day I noticed the growing pile of books on the nightstand next to her side of the bed. I told her about the next kindle 2.
Her reaction? No interest whatsoever.
The feel for the pages is a big part of her experience. I get that even thought I don’t read as often. But that sentiment resonates with me as I’m loving my new trip down vinyl record lane. The feel of the record, the linear notes, the album cover. There is much to be said about analog.
But the other thing for her is that reading is about getting into a zone, into another world and simply enjoying. Its not about improved efficiency or anything like that. Why deal with a (real or perceived) hassle, ie keeping it charged, dealing with bugs or screen defects that one day might appear.
I don’t know if that view resonates with other bigtime readers. My oldest daughter is serious reader just like her mom.
I wonder what she will think of the Kindle.
(Disclaimer: pls excuse typos. Wrote this on my blackberry)
So the place we are staying at in mexico doesn’t have high speed data working in the rooms. They are supposed to have it but they don’t. I have a strong feeling lauren had something to do with that:) .
That means I won’t be able to post any songs or reblog while I’m here all week.
Some of you may have noticed that I posted a song yesterday. I created that post a few days ago and scheduled it for yesterday. That’s a feature that I’ve been testing out on tumblr lately although its not generally available yet.
You will also see a song on the 18th too (that’s my wedding anniversary). I uploaded that one about a week ago.
We are having fun on the beach. Very relaxing and the weather has been incredible.
I’ll post some more pix soon.
In the meantime I’m still adjusting to life without my macbook on the grid.
(Pls excus typos and poor writing. Wrote this on my blackberry).
Over the past year or so there have been a number of mobile phones that have captured a huge amount of attention.
Consider the marketing campaigns supporting the iphone 3g, blackberry bold and the Google Android.
But last week another phone was released to the public. And it didn’t get nearly as much attention. Its the next generation Blackberry Curve. RIM calls it the Blackberry 8900.
Right now tmobile is the only US carrier offering this phone. But I’m on att so I had to buy an unlocked version.
I’m writing this post on the 8900 (pls excuse any typos) so I can’t link to their site but this thing is already my favorite phone. Ever.
The keyboard is amazing. Superior to the iphone or Bold. I will definitely defend my Wallstrip Blackberry Champion title if there is ever a rematch :).
The screen is stunning. Much higher res than the Bold.
Apps. I still lust over a number of iphone apps but I’m loving the apps that I’ve installed on the 8900. I’ve got Bit.lify, google maps w/latitude, and flickr so far. Still hoping/praying for a tweetie like app for the bberry but in the meantime I’m happy with Dabr (mobile web site).
Networking. This phone has bluetooth and wifi. But here’s the catch: no 3g. I may be in denial mode but I’m fine with edge and wifi. Maybe that is because att’s 3g network isn’t that great in reality.
Form factor. This is the best form factor out there right now in my opinion. Small, thin and looks great. The only pain is putting in the memory card but for me that’s a one time setup thing.
Camera. The 3.2mp camera blows away the camera on the old curve and bold. I’m not sure how it compares to the iphone camera. My canon point and shoot camera is going to see even less use now. That’s for sure.
I’m really happy with this phone. RIM has a winner on their hands.
We used to be able to get away whenever we wanted and we typically avoided the school break. But the kids are getting older now and we are at the point that we need to take our vacations when they have the time. By leaving tomorrow we are getting a one day head start at least.
I won’t be blogging here that much except for my song of the day post if I can.
But I’ll probably tweet from the beach and post pictures with my new Blackberry 8900 (who names these things?).
I’m really looking forward to this vacation. Just time with Lauren, the kids and the beach. We all need the time together.
With mixed emotions, I just replaced the long standing MyBlogLog widget on the right sidebar of this site with the new TwitterRemote. I am a huge fan of the team that started and sold MBL to Yahoo. But Eric and Rafer have moved on. And even though Todd is still at Yahoo it just doesnt’ feel the same I’m sorry to say.
TwitterRemote is essentially MyBlogLog except it keeps track of recent Twitter users to this site. Mashable has the full story here.
So now on the right sidebar you will see the 10 most recent Twitter visitors to my blog. You can choose to follow any of them, check out that Twitter profile, @reply them or just have fun seeing new & familiar faces.
I can already tell that I’m going to follow new people on Twitter as a result. This is awesome.
Update: one more thing. the first time you see the TwitterRemote widget you will have to login with your Twitter credentials. Just once and it automatically sign you in everywhere else this widget lives.
Update #2: Rafer just called me. He knows the founder of TwitterRemote and was a bit involved. No wonder!
The costs were breathtaking. The business model requiring satellites, new consumer radios and exclusive programming deals simply don’t compile.
But I think the product is very good. As a user, subscription radio works for me. Commercial free radio with lots of niche programming is a breath of fresh air. Especially for those of us in the Boston market living with lame radio stations.
So satellite radio isn’t the answer.
Streaming internet radio has so much potential but it needs to be unlocked from the traditional browser. Boxee and Sonos are showing the way.
I tweeted this morning that I want a Hype Machine channel on the radio. Either terrestrial or internet. In our cars, on our blackberries and iphones. I want it everywhere.
“There used to be a mantra at the upper right of this blog. I can’t remember what it said exactly, but the gist of it was that there is no absolute truth, just your truth and my truth. I post my truth here everyday and I hope you’ll drop by and share your truth with me. This is the promise of social media. It’s revolutionary. When you give every citizen in the world a printing press, you ought to expect revolution. And it is upon us.”—Fred Wilson - Truth - A VC