Friday, July 22, 2005

The Secret Sharer

The Secret Sharer

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting Dave Feinleib, who is doing his MBA at Stanford.

Have you ever had one of those experiences where everything just clicked?

It turns out that Dave and I are the same person. We're both 30 (though I look older, thanks to the grey hair I've developed from raising two toddlers), both entrepreneurs, we've both worked in the enterprise software space, we're both interested in Web 2.0, and we both want to do the same thing with our lives: To create new businesses and teams.

We've even been thinking about the same business ideas. We each have a list of business ideas that we're hoping to get the chance to pursue, and by wild coincidence, we both have the same idea at the tops of our lists.

There are some differences (I'm taller, Dave doesn't have kids) but I'm looking forward to talking more in the future. Who knows? Maybe someday we'll open a startup factory together.

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

A Stroll Down Memory Lane
It's amazing what random things have seized the imagination of the Web collective over the past 10 years...

The Beauty of Science

The Beauty of Science

They say that science is inherently beautiful. These photos (courtesy of BoingBoing, I think) are the proof.

When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes

Last night, the system board on my laptop broke. I am now temporarily cut off from my files, most of my email accounts, and almost as importantly, my bookmarks.

It is remarkable how much of my life depends on the Web, from my main source of information (Bloglines), to my to-do lists (tadalists), to this blogging service.

Fortunately, I was able to remember by Bloglines and Blogger account names and passwords, but it's going to be a rocky several days. Bear with me if posting seems light.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

RIP, James Doohan

RIP, James Doohan
I was saddened to hear of the death of James Doohan, better known as "Scotty" to Star Trek fans everywhere.

In the era before the Internet, Scotty was one of the few engineering heroes that anyone outside the techie community had heard of.

The funny thing is that I was on a sales call today with the CIO of a hospital. We were talking about how one of his subordinates was named Kirk, as in the captain, and I mentioned that we should have a moment of silence for James Doohan.

It turns out the guy was a huge Star Trek fan, and had actually met Doohan in person several times. Alas, I forgot to end the call, "Live long and prosper."

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Ideal Internet Business

The Ideal Internet Business
Sports columnist Norman Chad had this to say about online poker:

"Online poker is to the Internet what E! is to cable television. Twenty years ago, we all heard about the promise of cable (quality programming and more choices); what we get is televised gossip, talk-show shout fests and "Punk'd." The Internet was going to be a democratizing information tool, yet if you had to invest in a single online element, it would be either pornography or gambling. Welcome to America."

That raises the logical question, is it possible to create a pornographic gambling service?

This is very like the concept my friend Matt and I had back in the 1990s for a pornographic brokerage. We would be able to take the single largest cost center, customer service, and turn it into a profit center by replacing standard telephone brokers with phone sex operators.

"You get me even hotter when you use your margin account!"