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Month: August 2014

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

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The quote is a stage direction from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.

You know it’s a quiet week when one of the ‘top’ stories is that Elon Musk Promises Tesla Owners Better Placed Cup Holders, Maybe. And that something’s slightly amok when two Tesla owners take out a full-page ad in the Palo Alto Daily News, the cup holders being one of the suggestions for improvement. At least we’re focused on the big stuff. Read More...

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

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So, if you’re an innovator – and happen to live in Silicon Valley – arrogance is pretty much mandatory, according to this article: Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley. Arrogance leads to innovation. (Insert Steve Jobs mention/‘Here’s to the crazy ones’ ad reference here.)

Back in the 80s there was a group of young actors dubbed the Brat Pack. They were famous, for a hot minute, but none had what you might call an exceptional career. They were mostly known for their partying and their heavy recreational drug use. And where are they now, indeed? Read More...

Breakfast-with-an-Angel-Mike-Edelhart

Breakfast-with-an-Angel-Mike-Edelhart

Good morning, All,

Our guest is very active investor Mike Edelhart, who spends ½ his time on the West Coast and isn’t readily accessible to the masses. Here’s your rare chance for a one-on-one, and maybe get his perspective on the startup scene on both coasts. It’ll be a good one and hope you can make it! Breakfast is included, of course, and we always leave time for networking. Register here.   (There will also be press there, so try to behave.)

Tech is something of anomaly among industries. Not only because it crosses so many of them, but also because it is so all-embracing and impacts so many facets of our lives. Sometimes, whether we like it/consent, or not. It took a long time before the Industrial Age really took hold and changed the world. Apple and Microsoft came along in the mid ‘70s, but home computers were far from ubiquitous until at least 20 years later. The web didn’t really hit the zeitgeist in any significant way until the mid ‘90s. It being 2014, and since we live in so-called Internet time, it’s a somewhat maturing industry. Or should at least start showing signs of some maturity. Read More...

clandestine study

clandestine study

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We’ve gotten feedback that you all found out about it too late – so this is your head’s up, up front and personal – don’t say we didn’t flag it. Our guest is very active investor Mike Edelhart, who spends ½ his time on the West Coast and isn’t readily accessible to the masses. Here’s your rare chance for a one-on-one, and maybe get his perspective on the startup scene on both coasts. It’ll be a good one and hope you can make it! Breakfast is included, of course, and we always leave time for networking. Register here.

A few weeks ago, we found out that Facebook was engaged in a clandestine study to find out if emotions are contagious on social networks. Of course, it’s always our theory that the first shot across the bow is more or less the red herring to see how far they can push the line and get away with. Were there serious repercussions? Would you have remembered that little exercise, had we not reminded you? Read More...

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