Sunday, December 28, 2008

Friday, December 05, 2008

Could VC be a Casualty of the Recesssion?

The lack of capital barriers for internet startups means more competition for internet startups. Funding used to be a differentiating factor; it just isn't anymore. VC needs to refocus on capital hungry areas like alternative energy and healthcare.

The founder mentality needs to be imbued into graduating chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, biologists and physicists.

We need thousands of startups that work on our society's biggest problems.

Probably a platform for energy startups is needed. Something transformative to the energy industry as the internet was for software.

http://www.paulgraham.com/divergence.html

Daschle Launches Push for Health-Care Overhaul - WSJ.com

Maybe tt and I should hold a healthcare party?

http://www.wsj.com/article/SB122844800734282227.html

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

O'Bama

Everbody loves a winner. 
What's the most popular irish blessing? 
"May you have no idea how to make a long story short."

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Journalist's Beating Draws Kremlin's Ire - WSJ.com

From the article:
"Some suspect it is a ploy to defuse social tension at a time of financial crisis and to deflect attention from the closely watched trial of murdered investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya."

Boy it is tense these days. You know people are stressed out when a highly publicized beating softens the public mood.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122825510348273603.html?mod=fox_australian

Monday, December 01, 2008

wordle is cool

Wordle generates word clouds for any snippet of text or url. Here's the wordle of fawce.com for today:

A Crude Awakening

A Crude Awakening paints a bleak picture for the supply of oil. Or, more poignantly, the bleakness of a world without abundant and cheap energy. The point ignored by the film, though, is the abundance of coal in the US. The most effective means of realizing the energy potential in coal is electric power plants. This is an unattractive option, because of the dire environmental impact, and the relative inconvenience of coal versus oil (pretty hard to fly a coal powered commercial airliner).