How to Pickup a Venture Capitalist

I wrote a list of pickup/opening lines to use on venture capitalists for the Sun Microsystems small business blog. Please check it out here. The post lists the most common lines and what a venture capitalist would think when you utter such drivel. For total venture capital news coverage, try

By |2016-10-24T14:15:28-07:00May 30th, 2008|Categories: Venture Capital|0 Comments

I’ll Never Get on a Plane Again

Holy cow, am I the last person in the world to see this? Forget Cathay Pacific's first class seat, this is the way to make a speech in a far away land: Cisco/Musion Systems TelePresence holographic video conference. John Chambers (left) is in Bangalore. The other two guys (Martin De Beer and Chuck Stucki) are [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:30-07:00May 29th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff, Events|0 Comments

TechShop Open House

My buddies at TechShop are holding an open house this Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. More info about the event is here. These are pictures from my recent visit there. Essentially, TechShop is geek heaven with all sorts of tools and machines for people to build stuff. If you liked Maker Faire, you'll [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:34-07:00May 28th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

Forty Five Hours in Kuala Lumpur

I recently spent forty hours in Kuala Lumpur to speak at the 16th World Congress on Information Technology. Wow, what city KL is. I hope you enjoy my pictures. Kuala Lumpur means "mouth of the muddy river." The city is located at the confluence of the Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang (rivers). It was established [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:36-07:00May 26th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

Q and A With Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse, Mr. Problogger, gave me a great interview about making money with blogging (or not), Seth Godin's "no-comments" policy, ValleyWag's "ask us permission to comment" policy), blogging tools to use, his personal favorite blogs, Google PageRank, Technorati's future, and the uses of blogs by small businesses. It's a long, eclectic river of blogging commentary. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:38-07:00May 19th, 2008|Categories: Blogging|0 Comments

The Art of Survival: An Interview with Jerry White

Jerry White is the co-founder of Survivor Corps (formerly Landmine Survivors Newwork). His life changed in 1984 when he lost his leg in a landmine explosion while visiting Israel. After this experience he has championed the cause of survivorship and became a leader in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In 1997 this organization, Jerry, [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:40-07:00May 13th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Vyew Update

In 2006 I wrote about Vyew and asked the obvious question: “Does the world need another web conferencing product?” I guess the answer is "yes" because the company is now profitable and has 100,000 registered users. Vyew combines real-time (synchronous) conferencing and desktop sharing with always-on (asynchronous) collaboration such as highlighting, drawing, text and sidebar [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:42-07:00May 8th, 2008|Categories: Books, Cool Stuff|Tags: |0 Comments

The Art of the Business Card

A few weeks ago I was in Charlotte to make a speech for Network Solutions, and I met Justin Ruckman. He handed me his business card--which I just loved. For once, a business card that cuts to the chase and is readable. Hallelujah! So I asked him to make business cards for me. Take a [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:30:49-07:00May 7th, 2008|Categories: Marketing and Sales|0 Comments

Maker Faire: Stuff Geeks Like

I went to the Maker Faire in San Mateo this weekend. I had no idea these things are so popular--so much so that I gave up the first time and returned in the early evening when there was more parking and a shorter ticket line. Think: Macworld Expo meets Burning Man meets MythBusters meets Woodstock. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:44-07:00May 5th, 2008|Categories: Cool Stuff|0 Comments

Q and A with Roger von Oech

Roger von Oech is the author a classic book about innovation called A Whack on the Side of the Head. Believe it or not, this is the twenty-fifth anniversay of the book. When I was young(er), this book was the rage for the personal-computer generation in Silicon Valley. Join me on Sun's site for an [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:15:47-07:00May 1st, 2008|Categories: Innovation|0 Comments