Archive for October, 2005

One last puzzle piece for open source

Open Source Risk Management Inc. (OSRM) provides insurance coverage to help businesses ensure the open-source license integrity of the software companies they acquire or applications they are using internally.  The policies, up to $10MM, are under written by Kiln PLC and Lloyd’s of London. 

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Dallas gets another AV partner…

Austin Ventures recently hired Karl-Pekka Wilska, former president of Nokia Americas, as a partner.  AV will let him stay in the Dallas area and focus on telecom deals.  Karl joins recent hire of Tom Ball. 
 

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Rails, they’re not just for railroads anymore…

Interesting article on c|net this morning titled, "Ruby on Rails chases simplicity in programming." The article condenses what we have been saying all summer, "it is a great tool for developing Web 2.0 applications."
The Burton Group, a research company, "recommends that corporate customers consider Ruby on Rails for new web development progrects." Why shouldn’t […]

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Web 2.0 is the new Red?

 

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Request for comments: elfURL.com

We finalized the tool list for the beta launch of the Big in Japan project and elfURL made the cut. It will have to be rewritten to fit in the mix so I thought I would ask for ideas, suggestions or comments regarding the forthcoming makeover. The current idea list includes:

Write the new version of […]

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del.icio.us is now Delicious (.com)!

So your favoriate social bookmark site just keeps on rolling out the hits. First they added a cool search engine and now Joshua has added a builtin media player and something called tag bundles (don’t ask). Anyway, the best news is that you can now visit del.icio.us by visiting http://delicious.com - try explaining to someone […]

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Dixon Doll has another hit…

DCM’s Goodmail Systems just won major deals from AOL and Yahoo!  [via]

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Status Plugin for WordPress via Merlin

Merlin Mann is a must read for anyone who is breathing. For instance, today I was hanging around at the office after 5PM and decided to check out his blog. He was writing about his idea that everyone should have a status page. He pointed to a new WordPress plugin that makes it easy to […]

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Our TV show was picked up!

Some of you are aware that we produced a television pilot called MotorSport Ranch (I blogged about the ‘making of’ here). Anyway, the pilot aired all summer on INHD (an HDTV channel on most U.S. cable networks).
Recently VOOM bought the HDTV rights to air 13 episodes and we begin filming the series next month. The […]

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Back from Memphis…

I just got back from Memphis (so if you were looking for me, now you know). Anyway, have you ever been to the Memphis International Airport? It reminds me of an junior high school - low ceilings, school clocks, and porcelain water fountains. I like to call it, The Memphis International Junior High Airport. Why […]

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Sighting: iPod Vending Machine in Atlanta!

If you are connecting through Atlanta, make sure you stop by the iPod vending machine.  
 
 
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Recruiting exotic programmers for Web 2.0

Recently I received an email from a Texas based software development company asking the following question:  "…how is it going recruiting people who either already know Ruby on Rails or who can pick it up fast?"
I was about to respond to his email and I decided to blog about my thoughts here. To be honest […]

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Corporate Website as a Blog

Several weeks ago we migrated the M | Ventures website and my blog, Texas VC, into a single site (i.e. you are on it) that is housed on WordPress. Weblogs Work blogged about it here.
Architel, one of our companies, is in the process of migrating their traditional corporate website located at http://architel.com to a new […]

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Note to U.N.: Disable Track Changes in Word!

So if you are going to perpetrate a global conspiracy don’t forget to disable track changes in Word. The U.N. just got caught doctoring Detlev Mehlis’, a German prosecutor, report on the murder of Hariri. Here is the story from the World Times Online:
Mr Annan had pledged repeatedly through his chief spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, that […]

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Investing in Bengladesh bull farming

Interested in making investments in the third world? Seth Godin points to Soni Pitts post on Kiva. Kiva’s concept is simple, anyone can be a microlender, “Instead of spending $25 on lattes, you can help a farmer in Bengladesh buy a bull… and then he pays you back.” I am in…

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