Archive for May, 2006

Logoworks tackles Spur branding

Michael Arrington wrote about Logoworks recent redesign (I like it much better now).  He even had them take a pass at the TechCrunch logo.  We have been talking about Logoworks for a long while and have used their service on seven projects.  Our latest is the branding of our new company name: Spur.  Here are […]

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Texas Pacific Group Raises New Fund

The TPG guys (Fort Worth) are raising their second biotech fund with a $400MM target size.  They plan to invest $20MM per company and have already made a few investments including a round for drug developer Avidia, Five Prime Therapeutics and FoldRx.
For those of you who don’t know about TPG (from their website):
Texas Pacific Group […]

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Targeting users with Valleyschwag!

The Big in Japan team decided they didn’t have enough female users so they decided to use Valleyschwag’s May edition to reach some of the most clued in and influential women in the world.  They created a summer edition of their Mash-Up shirt just for female subscribers of Valleyschwag.  The shirts are babydoll style and […]

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Big in Japan released SocialMail

Big in Japan released SocialMail last week without much fanfare.  The latest powertool released by the Biggu team allows users to create email addresses that are accessible via RSS only.  Reading your email via RSS feeds is not unique, Google has allowed it for a while.  What is unique is that the addresses are casual, […]

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Web 2.0 = jumped the shark. . .

I think May 24th, 2006 will be the date that everyone decides that the term Web 2.0 is tired and should be taken out behind the woodshed and shot.
Why the 24th?  On that date, CMP working with O’Reilly Media sent a cease and desist letter to IT@Cork claiming they own […]

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Weblogs Work at Aspen Institute

Brian was in Washington DC this week speaking at the Aspen Institute on Disaster Communications. He has become something of an expert on the use of social media during a crisis. He talked with Tom Evslin while at the meeting, have a listen to his interview from Weblogs Worknotes:
Tom Evslin Interview

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My Laptop is Internet Famous!

The Valleyschwag guys featured my laptop in the “Battle of the Laptop Stickers.“  I am confident that “my laptop will kick your laptop’s butt!”

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SuperNova2006: Connected Innovators

Mike and Kevin selected twelve companies to serve as ‘Connected Innovators‘ to be held at the SuperNova conference this year.  Here is the list:

Ether.com
Fleck.com
LicketyShip
LifeIO
NetVibes
PostApp
Sharpcast
SoonR
StumbleUpon
Vpod.tv
Webaroo
ZiXXo

(that is my head on the front ow on the right)

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Smart post: media more vc than vcs?

I don’t agree with Umair’s politics (even a little), but he writes interestings posts. His most recent I found most interesting: Research Note: Discovering the Wrong Future - Denuo Mini Case Study.

(I also like the smart car too, no connection…via)

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Regional Fed Board Reform!

Brad Feld has an interesting post about several questions the Fed Governors asked him to report on.  I won’t repeat them here, you can read it there instead.  The most interesting thing you can gleen from the questions is that the Fed really has no idea how venture capital investing works.
Can you imagine?  Brad’s buddy, […]

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Cork’d: Dan’s second baby this year!

Dan has been busy both personally and professionally.  He has been so busy he hasn’t been able to work on several of our Big in Japan projects.  But we still love him!  He just announced his new site he and Dan Benjamin created called Cork’d.  The site is devoted to the reviewing and sharing of […]

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Weblogs Work @ Syndicate 2006

Our very own Brian Oberkirch, CEO of Weblogs Work, is speaking this week at Syndicate 2006.  But I suspect he is having more fun hanging out with Amanda Congdon of Rocketboom!  He got to do a video interview with her at the conference that he will be posting to Weblogs Worknotes when he gets a […]

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The opposite of what entrepreneurs need:

My venture wire alert came this morning and I got a chuckle when I heard that 25-year-old Brock Blake started a company to help entrepreneurs meet angel investors. He holds “speed pitching events” and charges $500 to $1,000 to attend. He also helps entrepreneurs make videos of their pitches and posts them online […]

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International Vacation Spots!

If safety is your number one concern when picking a vacation destination you might consider visiting Iraq this summer. As it turns out it is safer than many other locations around the globe. Iraq has a violent death rate of 25 per 100,000 people, compare that rate to:

Columbia (62/100,000 - more than double)
South […]

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Cocktail Napkin to Startup (DIY Part One)

It all started with a post from Nick Douglas I wrote called, “Got a great idea?  Join the Napking Club.”  This is the first in a series of posts I plan to post on how an idea can get from a cocktail napkin to reality.  “How do you do it?” That is a […]

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