Archives for February 2012

Pattern Matching Can Cause Blindspots

Chris Yeh, a partner at Wasabi Ventures just wrote a great piece on the dangers of stereotyping when guessing how an entrepreneur or athlete is going to perform.  It was originally published in his blog Adventures in Capitalism, and then also syndicated by PEHub Wire.

The key point he makes that stereotyping only makes sense in the absence of better data.  Nobody subscribing to conventional wisdom saw the Jeremy Lin basketball phenomenon coming because he was an Asian player from Harvard, but a group of Moneyball-type analysts with better data knew he would be a super-star because they had studied his stats.

And of course he brings it back to picking entrepreneurs (specifically in Silicon Valley): [Read more…]

Where the Puck is Going

Vinod Khosla, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems, a long time partner at Kleiner Perkins, and a principal in well-respected Khosla Ventures, just published a great piece in TechCrunch on the “unhyped” new areas in Internet and mobile that interest him.  These are the areas he expects to produce the next batch of great opportunities and start-ups.  It is well worth a read, but here are the twelve areas he identifies:  [Read more…]

Getting Off The Ground; Early Formation Economics

After speaking on a panel to a group of entrepreneurs recently, I had a classic follow-up exchange with an entrepreneur trying to get a company off the ground. I thought the exchange was worth sharing:

He wrote:  “Thanks for your talk today – it was very helpful. Here are the details of my question. [Read more…]

Scratchpaper Recommended Links [Ed. 0003 / Mixed]

Latest selection of the best stuff I’ve seen lately across some of the ScratchPaper focus areas. This time we have items in Angel Investing, Business, Crowd Sourcing, CyberSecurity, Entrepreneurship, Gadgets, Green, Internet, Internet of Things, Literary Humor & Miscellaneous, Media/Publishing, Mobile, Photography, Portfolio Companies, and Social Networking, including items on Why Some Teams Gel, 10 Things Start-Ups Won’t Tell You, Why Facebook is Failing, and Why the Cleantech Boom Went Bust (plus a rebuttal claiming it hasn’t). Enjoy.  [Read more…]

Magazine Meltdown – But is Radical Tablet Innovation the Cure?

Just when you thought it was bad enough for the magazine publishing industry with increasing paper and printing costs, decreasing demand for ad space and decreasing ad revenues, slumping newsstand sales (discussed here and here), challenging new issues raised by tablet computers, the rise of long form reading sites like LongReads and reading aids like Instapaper, I realize they have another issue of an even more pressing nature.

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Multiple Monitors Does Not Equate to Multi-Tasking

Image courtesy of MacWorld Magazine, June 2008

I am a long time member of the cult of multiple monitors. And the practice is really taking off.  But the NYT has it all wrong.   [Read more…]

Scratchpaper Recommended Links [Ed. 0002 / Mixed]

Latest selection of the best stuff I’ve seen lately across some of the ScratchPaper focus areas.  This time we have items in Angel Investing, Apple, Business, Communication, Crowd Sourcing, CyberSecurity, Entrepreneurship, Google, Green, Internet, Internet of Things, Media/Publishing, Mobile, Portfolio Companies, and Social Networking, including items on Apple, Internet & the New Normal, Being a Nice Boss, and Why Best Buy Is Going Out of Business.  Enjoy.  [Read more…]