Venice – Beirut

We are about to head to a dinner party very soon and I didn’t get a chance to post my song of the day. I couldn’t let that happen. Thankfully Andy saves the day again with this song.


New Beruit/Zach Condon comes out in a few weeks – double EP March of the Zapotec/Holland, part recorded with a 17 piece Mexican marching band, part bedroom recording materials.  This is from the bedroom part, gorgeous.

The Best Way To Use Twitter?

I’m seeing a lot of tweets about the new version of twirl. It sounds very promising. Some people say its the best way to use twitter while tweetdeck loyalists don’t agree.

As I look at my friends tweets I see a wide range of applications. As the time of this post, amongst my friends last 20 tweets in my timeline, I see twitterberry, twitterfon, twitterfeed, tweetie, web, txt, twhirl, tweetdeck, twitteriffic, tweetree and power twitter.

My personal favorite turns out to be sms.

Its clear to me after using twitter for the past 20 months or so that there isn’t anything that can be defined as the best way to twitter.

And that makes me pretty happy actually.

I’m glad there are so many choices for twitter users – because clearly one size does not fit all.

You can find me twittering away @bijan

Crown of Love – Arcade Fire

I fell for Arcade Fire hard two years ago. Really hard. And then I saw them live last year. The addiction continues.

(via joshawesome:8tania:indierawk:soupsoup)

Its been at least 25 years since I’ve played a record. I’ve been itching to get a turntable agin but been putting it off until I did some research.

But Ben Kweller’s new Changing Horses recently came out on vinyl. So I decided to just do it.

I ended up ordering this Rega P1 turntable. It looks great and the reviews are solid. I can’t wait to get it.

I’m thinking the very next record I’m buying will be Quadrophenia. (I wish I didn’t throw out all those records after college.)

Changes – Tupac Shakur

Tupac would have been mighty happy see our new President.

“and although it seems heaven sent
we ain’t ready to see a black president
it ain’t a secret don’t conceal the fact
the penitentiary’s packed and it’s filled with blacks”

Y Combinator heading to CA fulltime

Last night I read on news.yc that Paul and Jessica from ycombinator are moving to Palo Alto full time. As many of you know Y Combinator is a seed program investing in early stage companies in Cambridge and the bay area. (We are investors in one YC company – And I’m a big fan of other yc companies like disqus and dropbox.

Paul and Jessica are moving for family reasons. They are expecting the arrival of their new first baby. First and foremost, I want to with them congrats and best wishes. That’s wonderful news and I’m happy for them.

I know what its like to move cross country for family reasons. My wife and I moved the opposite direction. After nearly 10years in the bay area we moved to the boston area in 2001. For a variety of reasons we wanted to be closer to our family.

On a professional note, this yc move is a loss to the northeast startup ecosystem. Its especially significant in the current market as many angel investors locally aren’t as active as they were in 05-08 due to the recession.

I very much believe in this northeast region (I include nyc when I say northeast). We’ve made 13 investments in the northeast and will continue to do more here. But as a tech community, we need more early stage efforts. We need to do more for our ecosystem.

I’m going to miss yc cambridge. You definately left a mark.

(Disclaimer: I wrote this post on my blackberry so excuse typos and lack of links)

Never Had Nobody Like You – M. Ward

This song is from Matt’s upcoming album Hold Time.

I just pre-ordered it on Amazon but already falling in love with it after listening to a number of tracks on you know where. I hope I can get tickets to see him at the Somerville Theater next month.

Naming Your Product

I had lunch with a good friend of mine last week. He’s working on a very interesting product and seems possessed by its possiblities.

But he’s stuck on something. He’s stuck on what to name the product. Something easy to spell. Something memorable. Something serious but not too serious. Many of you have gone through this exercise. It ain’t easy.

At the end of the day the question is whether any of this really matters. Maybe all thats needed is just a great product and the name is less important?

After thinking about it more I dont’ think that is the case. Just for a moment consider the product names at Apple. Do you think those names matter?

I think choosing your product name is crucial. And it’s not just the name, consider it the starting point of the soul of your product.

I remember when I first met Biz Stone, one of the Twitter cofounders, he told me that Twitter wasn’t their initial name for the product idea. The core idea that your phone would let out a short “chirp” drove their naming decision. They started riffing on names like jitter, twitch, twitter, etc. Ultimately they fell in love with the name Twitter but it wasnt available at the time. So they created the initial site at to move foward before buying the vowels later.

I think great companies are passionate about everything they do. And it all starts with their name. Don’t give up on it. Make sure you love it.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address (via jdel) (via inauguration)